You may be eligible for an Enhanced STAR exemption
If you received this letter (Form RP-425-MBE), our records indicate that you are receiving a Basic STAR exemption but that you may be eligible for an Enhanced STAR exemption.
The STAR program provides eligible homeowners with relief on their school property taxes. There are two types of STAR exemptions:
- The Basic STAR exemption is available to all eligible homeowners with incomes below $250,000, regardless of the owners’ age.
- The Enhanced STAR exemption provides a larger benefit to seniors who meet the Enhanced income and eligibility standards.
Our records indicate that you received the Basic STAR exemption in the previous year, but that you may be eligible for the Enhanced STAR exemption this year.
What to do next
Please review the Enhanced STAR eligibility information below. If you believe that you are eligible, submit both of the enclosed forms to your assessor.
The deadline to apply to your assessor is March 1.
Eligibility requirements for the Enhanced STAR exemption
To be eligible for the Enhanced STAR exemption, you must meet all of the following conditions:
- You own your home, and it is your primary residence.
- You will be 65 or older by December 31, of the year of exemption. For jointly owned property, only one spouse or sibling must be at least 65 by that date.
- Your income must be equal to or less than the Enhanced STAR income limit. The income limit applies to the combined incomes of all owners (residents and non-residents), and any owner’s spouse who resides at the property.
For STAR purposes, income means federal adjusted gross income minus the taxable amount of total distributions from IRAs (individual retirement accounts and individual retirement annuities).
To determine your income eligibility for the Enhanced STAR exemption, refer to your state or federal income tax return two years prior.
After you apply for the Enhanced STAR exemption
After you apply to your assessor’s office for the Enhanced STAR exemption, the assessor will review your application. If you’re eligible, you will receive the Enhanced STAR benefit on your school tax bill. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will annually inform the assessor whether you meet the income requirements for the Enhanced STAR exemption. If you don’t meet the income requirements or if we need more information from you, we will notify you in writing.