Senior citizens exemption

Local governments and school districts in New York State can opt to grant a reduction on the amount of property taxes paid by qualifying senior citizens. This is accomplished by reducing the taxable assessment the senior's home by as much as 50%.

To qualify, seniors generally must be 65 years of age or older and meet certain income limitations and other requirements. For the 50% exemption, the law allows each county, city, town, village, or school district to set the maximum income limit at any figure between $3,000 and $29,000.

Localities have the further option of giving exemptions of less than 50% to seniors whose incomes are more than $29,000. Under this option, called the "sliding-scale option," such owner can have a yearly income as high as $37,399.99 and get a 5% exemption in places that are using the maximum limit.

Please check with your local assessor, city/town clerk, or school district to determine which local options, if any, are in effect.

Application form

In the first year, use Form RP-467 Application for senior citizens' exemption from real property taxation

In subsequent years, use Renewal Form RP-467-Rnw

Instructions are also available.

File the form with your municipal assessor

Application deadline

In most communities, the deadline for submitting exemption applications is March 1. However, the dates vary in some cities and counties. Please confirm the date with your assessor. You can find contact information for your assessor in our Municipal Profiles.

 Some municipalities permit late filing in certain hardship situations or for exemption renewals. Contact your assessor to see if your municipality offers these provisions.

When qualifying seniors buy property after the deadline, then the senior can apply up to 30 days after the purchase. The assessor then has 30 days to decide whether the senior would have qualified for the exemption if the senior owned the property as of the deadline.

When the property is owned by one or more persons, and one or more of the owners qualify for this exemption while others qualify for the Exemption for Persons with Disabilities, the owners have the option of choosing the more beneficial exemption.

Eligibility requirements

  • ownership
  • income
  • age
  • residency (including school-age children - see below)

Age requirements - Each of the owners of the property must be 65 years of age or over, unless the owners are:

  • husband and wife, or
  • siblings (having at least one common parent)

and one of the owners is at least 65. Age generally is determined as of the appropriate taxable status date (March 1 in most communities, but confirm the date with your assessor).

Some municipalities allow the exemption where an otherwise eligible owner becomes 65 years of age after taxable status date but on or before December 31. Check with your assessor to determine if this option is in effect.

The first time you apply for the exemption, you must give satisfactory proof of your age.

Residency requirements - The property must be the "legal residence" of, and must be occupied by, all of the owners of the property unless:

  • a non-resident owner, who is the spouse or former spouse of the resident owner, is absent from the residence due to divorce, legal separation, or abandonment, or
  • an owner is absent from the property while receiving health-related services as an in-patient of a residential health care facility
    • during this period, no one other than the spouse or co-owner of the absent co-owner occupies the property (a residential health care facility is a nursing home or other facility that provides lodging, board and physical care including, but not limited to, the recording of health information, dietary supervision and supervised hygienic services)

The property must be used exclusively for residential purposes. However, if a portion of the property is used for other than residential purposes, the exemption will apply only to the portion used exclusively for residential purposes.

School-age children - Senior citizens are generally not eligible for the Senior Citizens' Exemption if they have children living in their home and attending public school. If the child attends a private or parochial school, the senior can still receive the exemption.

School districts can opt to offer the exemption to seniors even if the children in their home are attending public school. However, the school district must require satisfactory proof that the child was not brought into the residence primarily for the purpose of attending a particular school within the district.

Manufactured homes - Manufactured homes on leased land can qualify for the Senior Citizens' Exemption. If home is located in a manufactured home park, you are entitled to a reduction in rent for the amount of the taxes paid.

If you receive the Senior Citizens' exemption, you are still eligible to receive STAR and other property tax exemptions

The Senior Citizens' Exemption Form RP-467 is also your application for the Enhanced STAR exemption; no separate STAR application is needed. If you qualify for the Senior Citizens' Exemption, you automatically qualify for the Enhanced STAR Exemption. If you fail to qualify for the Senior Citizens' Exemption, but your application demonstrates that you qualify for the Enhanced STAR Exemption, you will receive the Enhanced STAR exemption. Otherwise, you may be required to submit additional documentation.

The Senior Citizens' Exemption is computed after all other partial exemptions have been deducted, with one exception - to ensure you receive the maximum benefit, the STAR Exemption is always deducted last.

Updated: October 14, 2011