ALL New York State residents who own their own homes can significantly reduce their school property taxes through a School Tax Reduction (STAR) exemption, regardless of age or income. But the savings is not automatic.
You have to apply with your town assessor's office by March 1 to be eligible for the tax break – and seniors who apply for the enhanced exemption must reapply each year.
For more information about the STAR program, contact the assessor's office in your town:
The STAR (School Tax Relief) program is a state program that
the district has no control over. The New York State STAR
program is intended to be solely a state tax relief program—NOT
state aid for education.
It is important for all taxpayers in New York State to understand how the STAR program works, because by taking advantage of it property owners can save hundreds of dollars a year on their school taxes.
Anyone who has questions about STAR should call their town assessor or go online to https://www.tax.ny.gov/