Changes to Star Program for New Homeowners

This year’s budget agreement between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers include a change to the STAR program for certain new homeowners. The change will only apply to homeowners that purchased a home in New York on or after March 1, 2015. These new homeowners will now receive a STAR rebate check in September rather than a STAR credit against their school tax bill.

On or about May 1, 2016, property owners subject to this new program will receive a letter from their local Assessor outlining this new process and how to apply to receive their rebate check. There is no change to the amount of the STAR benefit that homeowners will receive.