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STAR Program

Eligible types of property

  • houses, condominiums, cooperative apartments, manufactured homes, and farm houses
  • mixed-use properties, including apartment buildings (but only the owner-occupied portion)

Eligible homeowners

  Basic STAREnhanced STAR
ResidencyYou must own your home and it must be your primary residence.*
AgeNo age restriction65 or older

For jointly owned property, only one spouse or sibling must be at least 65 by December 31 of the year when the exemption will begin.
Income**$500,000 or less

The income limit applies to the combined incomes of only the owners and owners' spouses who reside at the property.

$79,050 or less.

The income limit applies to all owners, and any owner's spouse who resides at the property.

* Determining your primary residence

Your local assessor considers many factors to determine whether a property is your primary residence, like voting, vehicle registrations, and length of time spent each year on the property. They may ask you to provide proof of residency:

  • with your STAR application
  • after granting the exemption, to verify that it remains your primary residence

** Income eligibility

Eligibility in 2013 is based on income information from the 2011 tax year. Income means federal "adjusted gross income" minus the "taxable amount" of total distributions from individual retirement accounts or individual retirement annuities (IRA's). For specific line references on your 2011 federal or state income tax returns, see page 2 of the STAR application.
 

Your school property tax bill must clearly state your STAR exemption amount and your tax savings. If your taxes are held in an escrow account, you should receive a receipt that includes your STAR information.

Most STAR recipients save several hundred dollars due to the Basic or Enhanced STAR exemptions. Several factors impact your savings, including the amount of:

STAR exemption amounts vary based on:

  • location (some counties are adjusted upwards to account for higher home values and higher taxes)
  • whether the municipality conducted a reassessment
  • the level of assessment of the individual municipality
  • annual adjustment based on the rate of inflation (Enhanced STAR only)

Basic STAR

  1. Submit Form RP-425 Application for School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption to your local assessor. By signing the form, you are attesting that your income for tax year 2011 was below $500,000.

Enhanced STAR

  1. Submit Form RP-425 Application for School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption to your assessor.
  2. Demonstrate that you meet the income requirement annually in one of two ways:
    • Apply annually with your assessor - Complete your STAR application and send it to your assessor with a copy of your income tax return(s) for the appropriate income tax year; or
    • Authorize our department to verify your income eligibility - Submit Form RP-425-IVP School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption: Optional Income Verification Program to provide your assessor with your social security number(s) and authorize us to verify your income eligibility. If you choose this option, generally you will only have to submit Form RP-425, Form RP-425-IVP, and a copy of your tax return(s) to the assessor in the first year.

If you mail your application to the assessor, you may:

  • send it registered mail/return receipt requested
  • include a note requesting a receipt and a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

If you hand-deliver it, you also may request a receipt. In either case, retain a copy of your application for your records.

We also recommend that you check the tentative assessment roll when it is made public to ensure that you are receiving the exemptions that you applied for. (In most communities, the tentative roll is made public in early May, but the dates can vary. Please confirm the date with your assessor.)

STAR application deadline

  • Your STAR application must be postmarked or received by your assessor's office by Taxable Status Date. (In most communities, Taxable Status Date is March 1, but visit Municipal Profiles to find the assessment calendar for your municipality.)
  • Confirm approval of your STAR application
    Review the tentative assessment roll when your assessor makes it available to the public. (In most communities, assessors make tentative assessment rolls public on March 1. Visit Municipal Profiles to find the assessment calendar for your municipality.)
  • Assessors must notify applicants if they deny their STAR application.
  • STAR suspension due to State tax liability

Basic STAR

  1. Submit Form RP-425 Application for School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption to your local assessor. By signing the form, you are attesting that your income for tax year 2011 was below $500,000.

Enhanced STAR

  1. Submit Form RP-425 Application for School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption to your assessor.
  2. Demonstrate that you meet the income requirement annually in one of two ways:
    • Apply annually with your assessor - Complete your STAR application and send it to your assessor with a copy of your income tax return(s) for the appropriate income tax year; or
    • Authorize our department to verify your income eligibility - Submit Form RP-425-IVP School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption: Optional Income Verification Program to provide your assessor with your social security number(s) and authorize us to verify your income eligibility. If you choose this option, generally you will only have to submit Form RP-425, Form RP-425-IVP, and a copy of your tax return(s) to the assessor in the first year.

If you mail your application to the assessor, you may:

  • send it registered mail/return receipt requested
  • include a note requesting a receipt and a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

If you hand-deliver it, you also may request a receipt. In either case, retain a copy of your application for your records.

We also recommend that you check the tentative assessment roll when it is made public to ensure that you are receiving the exemptions that you applied for. (In most communities, the tentative roll is made public in early May, but the dates can vary. Please confirm the date with your assessor.)

STAR application deadline

  • Your STAR application must be postmarked or received by your assessor's office by Taxable Status Date. (In most communities, Taxable Status Date is March 1, but visit Municipal Profiles to find the assessment calendar for your municipality.)
  • Confirm approval of your STAR application
    Review the tentative assessment roll when your assessor makes it available to the public. (In most communities, assessors make tentative assessment rolls public on March 1. Visit Municipal Profiles to find the assessment calendar for your municipality.)
  • Assessors must notify applicants if they deny their STAR application.
  • STAR suspension due to State tax liability

Basic STAR

  1. Submit Form RP-425 Application for School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption to your local assessor. By signing the form, you are attesting that your income for tax year 2011 was below $500,000.

Enhanced STAR

  1. Submit Form RP-425 Application for School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption to your assessor.
  2. Demonstrate that you meet the income requirement annually in one of two ways:
    • Apply annually with your assessor - Complete your STAR application and send it to your assessor with a copy of your income tax return(s) for the appropriate income tax year; or
    • Authorize our department to verify your income eligibility - Submit Form RP-425-IVP School Tax Relief (STAR) Exemption: Optional Income Verification Program to provide your assessor with your social security number(s) and authorize us to verify your income eligibility. If you choose this option, generally you will only have to submit Form RP-425, Form RP-425-IVP, and a copy of your tax return(s) to the assessor in the first year.

If you mail your application to the assessor, you may:

  • send it registered mail/return receipt requested
  • include a note requesting a receipt and a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

If you hand-deliver it, you also may request a receipt. In either case, retain a copy of your application for your records.

We also recommend that you check the tentative assessment roll when it is made public to ensure that you are receiving the exemptions that you applied for. (In most communities, the tentative roll is made public in early May, but the dates can vary. Please confirm the date with your assessor.)

STAR application deadline

  • Your STAR application must be postmarked or received by your assessor's office by Taxable Status Date. (In most communities, Taxable Status Date is March 1, but visit Municipal Profiles to find the assessment calendar for your municipality.)
  • Confirm approval of your STAR application
    Review the tentative assessment roll when your assessor makes it available to the public. (In most communities, assessors make tentative assessment rolls public on March 1. Visit Municipal Profiles to find the assessment calendar for your municipality.)
  • Assessors must notify applicants if they deny their STAR application.
  • STAR suspension due to State tax liability
 
 
 


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