Are you still waiting for the STAR check? Check your mailbox

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – The Your Stories team has received a few emails requesting the status of STAR credit checks.

If you’re still waiting for your check, check your mailbox because the NY Department of Taxation and Finance sent out its last batch of credits on September 16.

STAR stands for School Tax Relief. If you’re enrolled in STAR credit, the check arrives each year around the time your school tax bill is due.

For Onondaga County, tax bills are due at the end of September.

James Gazzale, a public information officer with the tax and finance department, said the goal was for STAR checks to arrive before school tax bills are due.

Gazzale said more than 650,000 STAR checks have been mailed to owners this year. He said the state was close to eclipsing last year’s total, which was about 770,000 credits.

An important note, STAR is different from the Homeowner’s Tax Credit (HTRC). The YS team has heard viewers asking where their STAR verification is and they are actually looking for the HTRC verification. Pay special attention to the check stub, it will indicate if it is HTRC or STAR.

If you have questions about your STAR credit check, you can call the Department of Taxation and Finance at 518-457-2036.

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