STAR—Income Verification Program
The Income Verification Program allows eligible homeowners who apply or re-apply for Enhanced STAR to authorize New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to verify their income in subsequent years. This option is available only if the homeowner files a New York State resident income tax return.
Note: The information on this page does not apply to new STAR applicants. They will now register for the STAR credit with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, instead of applying for the exemption. See Register for the STAR credit to learn more.
Participants in the Income Verification Program do not need to reapply each year. The Tax Department will automatically verify their income, based on their filed New York State personal income tax return.
The Income Verification Program is not mandatory, however if a senior citizen chooses not to participate, they must continue to reapply with their local assessor for Enhanced STAR each year and attach a copy of their tax return.
The assessor must then send them an application form every year, with a reminder that the homeowner must reapply for Enhanced STAR by taxable status date.
If a senior citizen who initially decided not to participate in the Income Verification Program later decides to opt in, they may do so and follow the procedure below.
A homeowner who received Basic STAR on their 2015-2016 School Tax bill and who is now an eligible senior may upgrade to Enhanced STAR and elect to participate in IVP as follows:
- Submit a paper application form (RP-425-E) to their local assessor by taxable status date.
- Include a copy of their federal or state income tax return for the applicable income tax year. (For example, a homeowner needs to provide their 2015 income tax return for the 2017 assessment rolls, and their 2016 income tax return for the 2018 assessment rolls.)
- Submit Form RP-425-IVP, STAR Income Verification Application, and provide their social security number at that time.
Participants in IVP do not need to reapply each year as long as they continue to file a New York State resident income tax return.