Register for the School Tax Relief (STAR) Credit

Are you eligible for STAR?

If you own your home, it’s your primary residence, and your income is $500,000 or less, you’re eligible for the Basic STAR credit.


In addition, if you’re 65 or older with an income of $86,300 or less, you may be eligible for the Enhanced STAR credit.


In the first year of your new home, you may receive the prior owner’s STAR exemption. In future years, as long as you’re eligible, we’ll send you a STAR check. You don’t need to register again.

Before you register, have this information available:
  • Names and social security numbers for all owners of the property and their spouses; primary residence of the owners and their spouses
  • Approximate date the owners purchased the property, and the name of the sellers
  • 2018 school tax bill, if you received one
  • Address of any residential property owned in another state
  • If the property is owned in trust, the legal name of the trust
  • 2017 federal or state income tax returns for all owners. If you didn’t file a 2017 income tax return, you’ll be asked to provide financial information for all property owners.

Eligible new homeowners will receive their STAR savings in the form of a check directly from New York State.


But you must register with the New York State Tax Department to receive a STAR credit check.


You can register 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at


Property owners without access to a computer can register by phone weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (518-457-2036).