Property Tax and Interest Deferral (PT AID)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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You may be eligible for a PT AID payment plan if:

  • You are a New York City resident;
  • You own a one-, two-, or three-family home or condominium unit;
  • You earn $58,399 or less per year; and,
  • You have fallen behind, or are in danger of falling behind, on your property taxes.
If you are a senior 65 or older, you can apply for a plan that will allow you to determine the percentage of your newly accruing or outstanding property taxes that you will pay under the terms of your payment plan. The payment of taxes and charges may be deferred until a specific date in the future, or deferred indefinitely to be paid by your estate.

If you are not a senior, you might be eligible for the fixed-term income-based payment plan or the extenuating circumstances income-based payment plan. In either case, you will be able to pay no more than eight percent of your income each month or quarter until a specific date in the future or until your financial situation improves.

Yes. The amount of the deferral in your payment agreement cannot exceed 25% of your property’s equity for a tax class 1 (one-, two-, or three-unit residential) property, or 50% of equity for condominiums. Your equity is the value of your home minus any mortgages, liens, and other liabilities.

Once the cap is reached, you will not be permitted to defer the payment of additional taxes. You may find it helpful to use the calculators available for the low-income senior, fixed-term income-based, and extenuating circumstances payment agreements. This tool allows you to enter information about your property and estimate how much you would pay under the various potential terms of each plan.

A general rule is that the larger percentage you choose, the faster you will reach the deferral cap. For example, if you choose to defer payment of 75% of your charges, you will reach the deferral cap about three times faster than if you choose to defer payment of 25%. The Department of Finance encourages you to defer the smallest amount possible.

If you are 65 or older, the low-income senior plan is likely your best option. Your taxes and charges will be paid by your estate if and when the property is sold at a future date. Until then, you can remain in your home without worrying about your property being included in the lien sale.

If you are not a senior and you are experiencing financial difficulties that are likely to continue into the foreseeable future, your best option is probably the fixed-term income-based payment plan. This plan will allow you to pay a small percentage of what you owe each month or quarter.

If you are experiencing a temporary loss of income resulting from an extenuating circumstance such as a job loss or death in the family, you may wish to apply for an extenuating circumstances income-based payment plan. Under this plan, you can get caught up on your property taxes over a short period of time, until your financial situation improves.

You must complete a paper application available at www.nyc.gov/ptaid or at any Department of Finance business center. In your application, you must choose which of the three payment plans you would like to apply for and how much you would like to pay (low-income senior plan, fixed-term income-based plan and extenuating circumstances income-based plan).

We understand that it can be difficult to choose the percentage you would like to defer or pay. You may find it helpful to use the calculators available for the low-income senior, fixed-term income-based, and extenuating circumstances payment agreements. This tool allows you to enter information about your property and estimate how much you would pay under the various potential terms of each plan.

You may find it helpful to use the calculators available for the low-income senior, fixed-term income-based, and extenuating circumstances payment agreements. The calculators allow you to enter information about your property and estimate how much you would pay under the various potential terms of each plan.

A general rule is that the larger percentage you choose, the faster you will reach the deferral cap. For example, if you choose to defer payment of 75% of your charges, you will reach the deferral cap about three times faster than if you choose to defer payment of 25%. The Department of Finance encourages you to defer payment of the smallest amount possible.

If your agreement is for a fixed period of time, you will pay until that period is over. If your agreement is not for a fixed period, you will pay until you reach the percentage of your property tax payments that you have deferred.

After we receive your application, we will notify you by mail within 15 days of our determination. This determination will inform you whether your application has been approved or disapproved, or that we need more information to be able to process it.

A standard payment plan is an agreement between you and the Department of Finance to pay the total amount you owe over time, rather than paying the full amount all at once. It also requires you to pay all newly accruing property taxes on your parcel as they become due. At the end of the standard agreement, the total outstanding balance will be fully paid.

The PT AID program allows you to defer the payment of some or all of the property taxes you owe, as well as the newly-accruing taxes, until a later date. (Participants in the fixed-term income-based and extenuating circumstances income-based plans may only defer payment of the newly-accruing taxes for up to one year.) The property taxes on which payments are deferred will accumulate interest and will need to be paid off in full at the end of the agreement.

PT AID payments cannot be made online. You can visit any Department of Finance business center or mail your payment to: NYC Department of Finance, PT AID Unit, 59 Maiden Lane, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

If you miss a payment in whole or in part for six months from the date the payment is required to be paid, you will be in default of your agreement with the Department of Finance.

The payment plan will terminate unless you file a renewal application each year.