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Property tax relief credit

The property tax relief credit directly reduces your property tax burden if you are a qualifying homeowner. If you’re eligible for the credit, we’ll automatically send you a check.

To be eligible, you must:

  • live in a school district that is complying with the New York State property tax cap,
  • receive either the Basic or Enhanced STAR exemption or credit,
  • have an income of $275,000 or less, and
  • have paid school property taxes in 2017.

Beginning in 2017, if you are an eligible homeowner, the amount of the credit is a percentage of your STAR savings (homeowners with lower incomes receive a higher percentage benefit).

Basic STAR recipients

If you’re receiving Basic STAR and you’re eligible for the property tax relief credit, your credit amount will be a certain percentage (determined by your income) of your Basic STAR savings.

Percentage of Basic STAR savings according to income for 2017
IncomePercentage of your Basic STAR savings
$75,000 or less 28.0%
between $75,000 and $150,000 20.5%
between $150,000 and $200,000 13.0%
between $200,000 and $275,000 5.5%

Enhanced STAR recipients

Your credit will be 12% of your Enhanced STAR savings. Your income doesn’t impact the amount of your credit.

Credit limitations

Whether you’re receiving Basic or Enhanced STAR, the credit you receive can’t be greater than the school district taxes for your property.

Definition of income for property tax relief

  • For the 2017 property tax relief credit, income is defined as 2015 federal adjusted gross income (FAGI) modified so that:
    • the net amount of loss reported on Federal Schedule C, D, E or F doesn’t exceed $3,000; 
    • the net amount of any other separate category of loss doesn’t exceed $3,000; and
    • the aggregate amount of all losses doesn’t exceed $15,000.

Note:

  • For the 2018 property tax relief credit, income is defined using your 2016 FAGI with modifications.
  • For the 2019 property tax relief credit, income is defined using your 2017 FAGI with modifications.

Phase-in schedule

The property tax credit program began in 2016, and will be fully phased in by 2019. See 2018 and 2019 property tax relief credit amounts for additional information.

New York City residents

New York City is not subject to the tax cap and therefore, city residents aren’t eligible for this credit. If you are a New York City homeowner or renter, you may, however, be eligible for the New York City enhanced real property tax credit.

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