DHE/SCHE Renewal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

By law, you are required to renew your SCHE benefit every two years; if you are receiving DHE you are required to renew annually. This renewal process helps the Department of Finance maintain your exemptions records and ensures your continued eligibility for benefits.

Yes, the Department of Finance needs to hear from you or your property exemption could be removed. Please fill out the application and provide your income, a copy of your spouse or sibling’s death certificate and proof of ownership. If your spouse was the senior receiving SCHE, you will need to be 62 years of age or older to continue to receive SCHE. If your spouse or sibling was receiving DHE, you will need to submit all the required documentation of your disability for you to continue to receive the benefit.

Since the benefits were not granted to you based on your ownership and having met all the required eligibility criteria, the exemptions will be removed by DOF. If you think you meet the eligibility requirements for any of our Homeowner Tax Benefits, please complete the current Homeowners Tax Benefits application and mail it to the address on the application. The form is available on the Department of Finance’s website at nyc.gov/finance, or you can call 311 and request that one be mailed to you. To apply for New York State School Tax Relief (STAR) you must contact the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance directly. They have a STAR helpline, the number is (518) 457-2036, or you can visit their webpage at https://tax.ny.gov.

Complete the application and submit documentation for yourself. If the other owner doesn’t reside on the property due to legal separation, divorce or abandonment, please provide legal documentation. Or, if the other owner resides in a health care facility, please provide documentation from the health care facility. Note: If neither of these situations applies, we will need income documentation and signatures of all owners on the application.

Since the benefits were not granted to you based on your ownership and eligibility, DOF will remove the exemptions. If you think you meet the eligibility requirements for any of our Homeowner Tax Benefits, please complete and submit the current Homeowner Tax Benefit Application to the address provided on the form. The form is available on the Department of Finance’s website at nyc.gov/finance, or you can call 311 to have one mailed to you. To apply for STAR benefits, you must now contact the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Their STAR helpline can be reached at (518) 457-2036, or you can visit their webpage at https://tax.ny.gov.

If the co-owner or the owner’s spouse resides on the property alone, the property can continue to receive the exemption provided the qualifications are met. In this case, the co-owner or owner’s spouse should complete the renewal application and submit it to the address provided on the application.

Please email recertify@finance.nyc.gov, or call 311 to request another application and one will be sent to you by email or regular mail. If the application is mailed, please allow 7-10 business days for the copy to arrive.

The Department of Finance sent the application early to allow you ample time to prepare the renewal application and to gather all of the required documents. It’s due no later than March 15, 2017, but you can send it in any time before that date as long as all the required documentation is included.