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Department of Taxation and Finance

We have determined that you are no longer eligible for the Basic STAR property tax exemption. We automatically registered you for the STAR credit. You do not need to take any action.

If you received this letter (Form RP-425-RDS), you are no longer eligible for the STAR exemption due to your income exceeding the limit, but you will receive the STAR credit as long as your income is under $500,000.

Our records indicate that your 2019 income exceeded $250,000 and, as a result, you are not eligible for a STAR exemption on your school tax bill in 2021. However, you may be eligible to receive a check for the STAR credit from our department for 2021.

We enrolled you in the STAR credit program because you previously registered for the STAR exemption or a STAR-related benefit. You do not need to take any action at this time. As long as you remain eligible, we will mail a check to you for the STAR credit this year and each year in the future. The check for the STAR credit will be worth at least as much as the STAR exemption.

For purposes of the Basic STAR benefit, income is defined as the combined incomes of resident owners and any owner's spouse who resides at the property. Eligibility in 2021 is based on income from the 2019 tax year.

What to do next

You do not need to do anything unless you disagree with our determination that your 2019 income was greater than $250,000. If you disagree with our income determination, within 45 days of the date on the letter you received, send us:

  • a copy of this letter,
  • a brief letter of explanation, and
  • supporting documentation.

Supporting documentation may include 2019 New York State or federal income tax returns for all resident owners and any owner’s spouse who resides at the property.

Fax or mail this information to us

Fax: 518-435-8634

         ALBANY NY 12227-0801

If not using U.S. Mail, see Publication 55, Designated Private Delivery Services.