New York State Tax Department Announces Direct Deposit Option for STAR Credit Recipients Statewide

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New York State Tax Department Announces Direct Deposit Option for STAR Credit Recipients Statewide

Tax Department also launches new Homeowner Benefit Portal for STAR applicants and recipients

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced that School Tax Relief (STAR) credit recipients can now enroll to have their STAR credit payments direct deposited into their bank accounts. New York’s STAR program provides property tax relief to eligible New York State homeowners.


The new direct deposit option will enable eligible STAR credit recipients to get their STAR credits without having to wait for and cash a check. Eligible school taxpayers who enroll in the direct deposit program can expect to receive their STAR credit before the deadline for school taxes in their school district. To get started, homeowners can visit STAR Credit Direct Deposit.


“STAR Credit Direct Deposit is the fastest and easiest way to receive your STAR credit payment,” said New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Amanda Hiller. “The statewide launch of this program builds on a successful pilot of the program in Nassau and Suffolk Counties last year. It works hand-in-hand with other changes we’re making to improve the STAR program for homeowners.”


New Homeowner Benefit Portal


Homeowners will be able to enroll in the STAR Credit Direct Deposit program through a new Homeowner Benefit Portal within the Tax Department’s secure Online Services system. Homeowners will also be able to use the Homeowner Benefit Portal to register for STAR and to manage their STAR benefits easily and efficiently. Homeowners can use this portal to:


  • register for STAR
  • enroll in STAR Credit Direct Deposit
  • check the status of their property tax registrations
  • switch to the STAR credit
  • view, edit, or close their registrations
  • ensure their information is accurate and complete
  • take action to resolve issues

For instructions to access the portal, visit Homeowner Benefit Portal.


About the STAR program


The STAR Program is a New York State property tax relief program for homeowners. The amount of savings varies by school district, but most recipients save hundreds of dollars each year through the STAR program. You can find more information about STAR Credit Direct Deposit on the Tax Department’s website. For more information about the STAR program in general, please visit our STAR Resource Center.