STAR Information

“STAR” stands for School Tax Relief and applies only to the school tax. The basic STAR exempts the first $30,000 of your full market value when school tax is calculated. Basic STAR is available to every homeowner (regardless of age) on his/her primary residence only prior to 2015.  Once you have the Basic STAR on your property, you do not need to reapply as long as you live on that property and do not change your deed.

NOTE: In order to receive the basic STAR property tax exemption, the total income of all property owners and their spouses who reside at the property must be $250,000 or less.

Aged STAR Exemption

The Aged Exemption is an additional exemption designed for seniors who have a gross income of up to $31,500 including Social Security, pensions, rental income, bank interest, stocks, etc. Some seniors qualify for the Enhanced STAR and the AGED exemption. Proof of income for this exemption is different than that for the Enhanced STAR. Residents in 2019 must bring in their most recent 2018 year end statements (which are not available until in late January of 2019). If you have applied for the AGED exemptions before, you will be receiving your renewal form in the mail by middle of January. Failure to do so will result in your exemption being removed.

Special Notice: Applications can only be accepted January 2 through March 1st each year in the Assessor’s Office. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Assessor’s Office at 772-0357, ext. 13.

Enhanced STAR Exemption

The Enhanced STAR Exemption, which also applies only to the school tax, is a special exemption designed for seniors only. A senior is defined as a person who is 65, or will be turning 65, anytime during the calendar year. This exemption is different from the Basic STAR in that seniors must bring in proof of income. For the 2019 tax roll year, the maximum qualifying adjusted gross income is $86,300. Your 2017 tax return will be used as documentation when applying in 2019. You must enroll in the Income Verification. If you have already applied for the Enhanced STAR before, you will be receiving your renewal form in the mail by early January.

Special Notice: Applications can only be accepted January 2 through March 1st each year in the Assessor’s Office. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Assessor’s Office at 772-0357, ext. 13.

Income Verification Program

The Income Verification Program is for seniors who receive Enhanced STAR. You must sign up for this program. The State of New York takes information from your New York State tax return to verify your  Enhanced STAR exemption without your coming into the office.

Special Notice: Applications can only be accepted January 2 through March 1st each year in the Assessor’s Office. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Assessor’s Office at 772-0357, ext. 13.

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Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

SUMMER HOURS:  July & August
Closed Monday & Friday

Assessor's Hours:
Wednesday: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
(Appointments only)

Phone

(607) 772-0357 ext. 13

 

Fax

(607) 772-6911

Address

279 Park Avenue
Binghamton, NY 13903
United States
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