Assessor Manuals, Exemption Administration
Exemption Administration Manual—Part 1: U.S., Foreign Governments, and Interstate Agencies
Section 4.04 - RPTL Section 418: Foreign Governments (Embassies)
Year originally enacted:
RPTL §§416, 490 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 13
This exemption applies to two types of property owners: (1) a foreign government that is a member of the United Nations or similar international organization (defined in RPTL §416) of which the United States is a member or (2) the principal resident representative (e.g. an ambassador) of that government to such an organization. Property used exclusively as the offices or residence of such a representative or the offices of the staff of that representative is wholly exempt from taxation and is exempt, for certain purposes, from special ad valorem levies unless (1) special ad valorem levies or special assessments or (2) taxes on any taxable portion of the property become delinquent, in which case the exemption must not be granted until the arrears are paid in full. This exemption does not apply to levies made on a city-wide or borough-wide basis which are collectible with the real property tax.
Property must be owned either by (1) a foreign government member of the United Nations or similar international organization (as defined in RPTL §416) of which the United States is a member or by (2) the principal resident representative of that government to such an organization.
Property location requirements:
Property use requirements:
Property must be used exclusively as (1) the offices or residence of the principal resident representative or (2) the offices of the representative's staff. Any portion of the property not used exclusively for these purposes is subject to taxation.
Certification by state or local government:
Required construction start date or other time requirement:
The exemption applies to any taxes and special ad valorem levies that become due and payable after the date the property is used for the purposes described above.
Limitation on exemption
|General municipal taxes||School district taxes||Special ad valorem tax||Special assessments|
|1. Amount||No limit||No limit||No limit||No exemption allowed|
|2. Duration||No limit||No limit||No limit||No exemption allowed|
|3. Taxing Jurisdiction|
|a. County or County Special Districts||Ex||NA||L||Tax|
|c. Town or Town Special District||Ex||NA||L||Tax|
|e. School District||NA||Ex||NA||NA|
|Ex-Exempt Tax-Taxable NA-Not Applicable|
|L - Liable only for county and town charges for capital costs of sewer systems, water supply systems, waterways and drainage improvements, and streets and highways.|
Payments in lieu of taxes
Calculation of exemption
General municipal and school district taxes:
100% of assessed value of portion(s) of property used exclusively for purposes described in Property Use Requirements above.
Special ad valorem Levies and special assessments:
Special ad valorem levies:
100% of assessed value.
The exemption applies to all levies imposed by counties, county special districts, towns, and town special districts except charges levied to pay for the capital costs of sewer systems, water supply systems, waterways and drainage improvements, and streets and highways.
No exemption allowed.
Coding of exemption on assessment roll
|Code||Description of alternative codes possible|
Assessment Roll Section(s):
Exempt (ARLM § 8).
Note: This code should not be used to identify property owned by the United Nations or similar international organization (RPTL §416) or to identify property that is exempt under any of the statutes listed under Similar Exemptions below. For coding of such property, see the Exemption Profile for the statute that applies.
Filing requirements (owner or occupant of property)
Reporting requirements (assessor)
|Foreign governments (consulates)||Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, Art. 32|
|Foreign governments (missions)||Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Art. 23|
|United Nations||RPTL §416|
|United Nations Development District (NYC)||McK U Con L §9613|
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