The deadline to sign up for Senior Citizen Homeowner's Exemption (SCHE) or Disabled Homeowners’ Exemption (DHE) is Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
SCHE and DHE offer up to a 50% reduction of the assessed value on the homes of qualified low to moderate income homeowners.
SCHE is for homeowners 62 and older and DHE is for homeowners with disabilities. The homeowner must own a 1-3 family home, condominium, or cooperative apartment and it must be their primary residence. The homeowner must also be income eligible.
Thanks to a city new law, the income eligibility for the SCHE/DHE program has been raised from $37,400 to $58,399, meaning thousands of new homeowners may now be eligible.
Homeowners who qualify for the exemption will receive it retroactively for the entire 2017/18 tax year (July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018).
SCHE is a two-year tax exemption that must be renewed every two years.
DHE is a one-year tax exemption that must be renewed every year.
So even if a homeowner already received SCHE/DHE last year, they must re-apply according to the above schedule; otherwise, they will not continue to receive their property tax exemption.
HOW HOMEOWNERS CAN SIGN UP
Complete an application online, sign it, print it, and mail it to the Department of Finance for delivery by 1/16/2017: nyc.gov/sche or nyc.gov/dhe
Enroll in person at the DOF Public Outreach Events (click here for December events)
If one-on-one assistance is required, called the Department of Finance at 311.