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Reduction to property tax for veterans

Veterans' Property Tax Exemption | NYC Department of Finance

1. How it Works

Qualified Veterans, spouses or their un-remarried surviving spouses; parents of soldiers who died in the line of duty (Gold Star parent) can get a reduction to their property tax.

  • Your application needs to be postmarked by March 15 in order for your benefits to start on July 1. If March 15 is on a weekend, then the deadline will be the next business day
  • Determine the borough, block, and lot (BBL) for your property using link or checking information on current property tax bill

2. Determine your eligibility

To be eligible for Veterans’ Exemption, you should be able to answer yes to all of these questions.

  • Are you the current deeded owner, spouse or surviving un-remarried widow/widower of the property owner?
  • Is the property your primary residence?
  • Are you a veteran who served in the US armed forces during one of the following conflicts?
    • Persian Gulf Conflict (includes the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts) – beginning August 2, 1990 to present
    • Vietnam War – February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
    • Korean War – June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955
    • World War II – December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
    • World War I – April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918

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3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of veteran status

For each veteran applying, any one document:

  • DD-214
  • Separation Papers

Note: The DD-214 (or its equivalent) and/or separation papers is REQUIRED and must be submitted with the application

Proof of your disability status

Proof of marital status

Proof of someone's absence in your family

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply by mail

  • Apply by mail: Download the initial exemption application form and mail it to:
    New York City Department of Finance
    P.O. BOX 311
    Maplewood, NJ 07040-0311
  • You will need to submit copies of the required documentation with your application. Applications without all of the required documents cannot be processed.
  • Your completed application and all required documents must be postmarked by March 15 (or the next business day if March 15 is on a weekend) for your exemption to begin on July 1 in the same year.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the Veterans’ Exemption website for more information.

Email the Department of Finance

Email the Department of Finance if you have questions about this program.

Call 311

Ask about Veterans’ Exemption.

Mail the Department of Finance

NYC Department of Finance
Correspondence Unit
One Centre Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10007

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