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Star Program

Changes to STAR – STAR Credit

New homeowners or homeowners who have moved into a new home after 8/1/2015, must apply for STAR with the NYS Department of Tax and Finance.  Once a homeowner has applied with the state, they will verify your eligibility and issue checks sometime that September.  The new STAR check program replaces the STAR exemption.  There will be not need to reapply.

How to register

When you register for the STAR credit, the Tax Department will automatically review your application to determine whether you are eligible for the Basic or Enhanced STAR benefit amount.

To complete your registration online go to 
Click on "Register for Star"

Information you will need:

  1. Names and social security numbers for all owners of the property and their spouses.
  2. There will be questions about the income and residency of the owners and their spouses.
  3. Date you purchased your property and the name of the sellers.

Note: You will be prompted to provide your property’s STAR code (if you have one) and parcel tax map number, but they are not required to complete the registration.

All questions regarding this process should be directed the Department of Tax and Finance at (518) 457-2036. 


The STAR eligibility whether it be for exemption or check is available for owner-occupied, primary residences where the combined income of resident owners and their spouses is $500,000 or less.  The Basic would apply to owners under the age of 65. For those over the age of 65, the Enhanced would be available to those with an income of $90,550 or less. If you are 65 years old or older and your income is $31,500 or less you must also contact your Assessor to see if you qualify for any additional exemptions.

Other exemptions

  • Senior Low Income – must be age 65 or older, with an income of less than $31,500 this includes Social Security
  • Veterans – available to those serving during certain periods including Cold War
  • Low Income Disability – must have SSDI award letter and an income under $26,900
  • You must be an owner and resident on the property to qualify for any exemptions.
  • Contact the Assessor’s office at (607) 648-4800 ext.111 for more details and applications.
  • You may find information regarding the “Job of the Assessor” at –  (Right click on this link and choose Open in New Tab)