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Exemption Administration Manual—Part 2: Private Community Service and Social Organizations

Section 4.05 - RPTL Section 426: Opera Houses

Exemption Code(s):

29150

Year Originally Enacted:

Before 1896

Related Statutes:

RPTL § §420-a, 490

Summary:

Real property owned by a corporation organized to sustain, encourage, and promote musical art and to educate the general public in good music is wholly exempt from taxation and is exempt, for certain purposes, from special ad valorem levies and special assessments.

The following conditions must be met: (1) the corporation's certificate of incorporation must be approved by the state Commissioner of Education, (2) moneys donated to the corporation as a result of general appeal must have been used for acquisition of the property, and (3) the property must be used by the owner to provide operatic and musical performances and other related educational activities.

Eligibility requirements

Ownership requirements:

Property must be owned by a corporation organized to sustain, encourage, and promote musical art and to educate the general public in good music.

Property location requirements:

None.

Property use requirements:

Property must be used for the production of opera and for furthering the purposes for which the owning corporation was organized by providing operatic and musical performances and other related educational activities.

A portion of the property may be leased for public performances, opera, ballet, concerts, lectures, meetings, graduation exercises, or other educational or noncommercial uses, provided that the income derived from such activities is necessary for and is actually applied to the maintenance and support of the owning corporation.

Certification by state or local government:

The owning corporation's certificate of incorporation must be approved by the state Commissioner of Education.

Required construction start date or other time requirement:

None.

Local option

No.

Limitation on exemption

 Limitation on exemption by amount, duration, and taxing jurisdiction
  General municipal taxes School district taxes Special ad valorem tax Special asssessments
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 L L
b. City Ex NA NA Tax
c. Town or Town
Special District
Ex NA L L
d. Village Ex NA NA Tax
e. School District NA Ex NA NA
Ex-Exempt    Tax-Taxable  NA-Not Applicable
L - Liable only for (1) county and town charges for capital costs of sewer systems, water supply systems, waterways and drainage improvements, and streets and highways, plus (2) special assessments for indebtedness contracted before 7/1/53.

Payments in lieu of taxes

None required.

Calculation of exemption

General municipal and school district taxes:

100% of assessed value.

Special ad valorem levies and special assessments:

100% of assessed value or other basis of assessment.

The exemption applies to all levies and assessments imposed by counties, county special districts, towns, and town special districts except (1) charges levied to pay for the capital costs of sewer systems, water supply systems, waterways and drainage improvements, and streets and highways, and (2) special assessments for indebtedness contracted before 7/1/53. The exemption does not apply to special assessments imposed by cities or villages.

Coding of exemption on assessment roll

 Coding of exemption on assessment roll
Code Description of alternative codes possible
29150  

Assessment Roll Section(s):

Exempt (ARLM Section 8).

Note: This code should not be used 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)

None.

Reporting requirements (assessor)

None.

Similar exemptions

 Similar exemptions
Subject Statute
Academies of music RPTL §434
Institutes of arts and sciences (NYC) RPTL §424
Nonprofit organizations (mandatory class) RPTL §420-a
Nonprofit organizations (permissive class) RPTL §420-b
Performing arts buildings RPTL §427
Theatrical corporations created by Congress RPTL §432

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