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What is the difference between the Tax Freeze Check and the STAR Credit Check?

Property Tax Freeze Credit

The Property Tax Freeze Credit is a two-year tax relief program that reimburses qualifying New York State homeowners for increases in local property taxes on their primary residences. In order for the credit to be available to the homeowners in a local taxing jurisdiction, the jurisdiction must comply with the New York State Property Tax Cap and, after the first year, must also have an approved Efficiency Plan. Review the Property Tax Freeze Credit Fact Sheet (PDF).

School Tax Assessment Relief (STAR)

STAR stands for School Tax Assessment Relief. Eligible new homeowners will receive their STAR savings in the form of a rebate check. The check will be in the same amount as the exemption savings would have been had you received the exemption on your school tax bill (the old STAR Program). If you own your home, it’s your primary residence, and your income is $500,000 or less, you’re eligible for the Basic STAR credit.

In addition, if you’re 65 or older with an income of $86,000 or less, you may be eligible for the Enhanced STAR credit. Once you register for the STAR Credit check, you don’t need to register again.

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1. I heard that the STAR Program is changing, is that true?
2. When does my exemption form need to be submitted (Agricultural, Veteran's, Senior Citizen's, STAR, Disability)?
3. When is grievance day?
4. Why did the Assessor raise my taxes?
5. I never received my STAR Credit Check, whom can I call?
6. What is the difference between the Tax Freeze Check and the STAR Credit Check?
7. How can I find out if I should have received a Tax Freeze Check?
8. When is the best time to talk to the Assessor about the assessment on my property?
9. If I don't agree with my assessment, is going to Grievance the only way I can do anything about it?
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