What is a Basic STAR Tax Exemption?

Basic STAR tax exemptions are school tax exemptions only and are for all residents (regardless of age) who own and primarily reside in the subject premises. 

Beginning in 2011, any resident owner and/or spouse of an owner residing in the premises earning more than $250,000 in adjusted gross income (AGI) will no longer be eligible for the Basic Star exemption. Income eligibility will be automatically verified each year by the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) through income tax returns on file. 

 If, for any reason, NYS DTF is unable to determine income eligibility, the applicant will be notified by the Department of Assessment and will be required to prove eligibility. 

 Basic STAR is available to owners of one, two and three family homes provided that it is the primary residence of at least one of the owners

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1. What is a Basic STAR Tax Exemption?
2. How do I apply for a Basic STAR tax exemption?
3. Can I apply for multiple Basic STAR exemptions?
4. I co-own a property, do both owners have to apply for STAR exemption?
5. How long do I need to own a property to apply for STAR exemption?
6. Can a tenant of a mobile home or co-op apartment apply for a STAR exemption?
7. Can STAR Exemptions be granted for vacant land property owners?
8. Can corporations apply for STAR Exemption?
9. Can married couples who live in separate residences apply for individual STAR exemptions?
10. Who can I call about more specific STAR exemption questions?