Assessor Manuals, Exemption Administration
Exemption Administration Manual—Part 1: Municipal Governments
Municipal Government section 4.03 - RPTL Section 446 :Cemeteries (Public or Private)
|Privately owned cemetery||27350|
Year originally enacted:
Real property that (1) is actually and exclusively used for cemetery purposes or (2) consists of unimproved land in which interments are reasonably and in good faith anticipated is exempt from taxation, special ad valorem levies, and special assessments. In order to qualify for this exemption, the property must not be owned or operated for profit.
This exemption is available to both publicly and privately owned properties. However, no property is entitled to the exemption if the owner or operator of the cemetery or any of its officers, members, or employees receives or is entitled to receive any pecuniary profit from the cemetery's operations other than reasonable compensation for services performed. Further, exemption is not allowed if ownership or operation of the cemetery is a guise or pretense for directly or indirectly providing any pecuniary profit to the owner or operator of the cemetery or any of its officers, members, or employees.
Property location requirements:
Property use requirements:
Property must be actually and exclusively used for cemetery purposes. Cemetery purposes include land and buildings used for the disposal or burial of deceased human beings, by cremation or in a grave, mausoleum, vault, columbarium, or other receptacle. Cemetery purposes also include the onsite residence of a full-time caretaker, a storage facility for necessary tools and equipment, and unimproved land in which interments are reasonably and in good faith anticipated.
Certification by state or local governments:
Required construction start date or other time requirement:
Limitation on exemption
|General municipal taxes||School district taxes||Special ad valorem levies||Special assessments|
|1. Amount||No limit||No limit||No limit||No limit|
|2. Duration||No limit||No limit||No limit||No limit|
|3. Taxing Jurisdiction||a. County or County Special Districts||Ex||NA||Ex||Ex|
|c. Town or Town Special District||Ex||NA||Ex||Ex|
|e. School District||NA||Ex||NA||NA|
|Ex-Exempt Tax-Taxable NA-Not Applicable|
* Cemeteries were previously exempt under RPTL Ã¢§420 and RPL Ã¢§450, which were enacted before 1896.
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