Did You Lose Your Homeowners Benefit?

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  1. RENEW
    If you did not respond to the Department of Finance (DOF) mailings to renew your Senior Citizen Homeowner Exemption or Disabled Homeowner Exemption (SCHE/DHE), you should still send in your renewal application. Download the form under “Property Owner Benefit Forms”, call 311 and ask them to mail one to you, or stop by any of the DOF Business Centers and ask for a renewal application. If you qualify, your exemption will apply to this entire tax year (July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018).
  2. I DIDN’T RENEW BECAUSE MY INCOME IS TOO HIGH
    If your income is $58,400 or less, you should still send in your renewal application. The NY State Legislature passed a bill on June 21, 2017 that increases the maximum qualifying income for the program to $58,400. Once we have your application on file, we can contact you if this bill is enacted. We are hopeful the Governor will sign it into law. If you qualify under the new income limit, the benefit will apply retroactively to the full tax year that starts on July 1, 2017.
  3. IF YOU WERE DENIED BECAUSE YOUR INCOME IS TOO HIGH
    If you sent us a renewal application but lost your benefit because your income is too high, you may qualify in the future. The NY State Legislature passed a bill on June 21, 2017 that increases the maximum qualifying income for the program to $58,400. We will contact you if this bill is enacted. We are hopeful the Governor will sign it into law. If you qualify under the new income limit, the benefit will apply retroactively to the full tax year that starts on July 1, 2017.
  4. I NEED MORE TIME TO PAY MY HIGHER PROPERTY TAX BILL
    Visit any DOF Business Center and ask for a one-year payment plan that allows you to pay the same amount on your first bill of this year as you paid for each quarter last year. This way you can spread the higher payments out over the rest of this tax year. By law, all properties must pay interest on taxes that are paid after their due date, even if you have a payment plan. For most properties, the interest rate is 6%.