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As a result of recent law changes, some homeowners will receive a STAR check directly from New York State instead of receiving a school property tax exemption. The amount of your benefit will be the same regardless of how you receive it.

Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, new STAR applicants will need to register with the NYS Tax Department instead of applying with their assessor. If qualified, they will receive a STAR check rather than a property tax exemption.

No action is needed for existing homeowners with STAR unless 1) you purchased your home after August 1, 2015 or 2) you purchased your home between May 1, 2014 – August 1, 2015 and you bought your home after the 2015 STAR application deadline or you did not apply for the STAR exemption on your home by the 2015 application deadline.

For more information about the new STAR program, read this Q&A or call 518-457-2036. Taxpayers impacted by this will have to register with NYS by July 1, 2016 in order to receive a STAR check by October 2016.