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If I need to pay property tax on the house, are there any exemptions, based on the fact that I have no income?

Is it relevant what the tax assessment of the house is?

When I look at houses in house search websites, I often see in the tax history something like: Property tax for 2017: $2,000

While for all the other years from 2000 to 2019, there is no info.

What does it mean?

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    I know that there is an exemption, or partial exemption, based on the age of the owner (I think it apples at age 75 or over, but I am not certain). I believe there is also a partial exemption for military veterans. The lack of info might be due to one of these. Or to a simple error in the records. Commented Feb 14, 2021 at 15:02
  • It's possible, but I doubt this is the reason here, because I have seen this pattern in many houses (i.e. only 2017 had property tax info).
    – rapt
    Commented Feb 14, 2021 at 20:10

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If I need to pay property tax on the house, are there any exemptions, based on the fact that I have no income?

No.

There may be property tax exemptions for other reasons, but there is not a property tax exemption for lack of income.

The most common property tax exemptions in New York are listed here. They are:

  • STAR (School Tax Relief)
  • Senior citizens exemption
  • Veterans exemption
  • Exemption for persons with disabilities
  • Exemptions for agricultural properties

The stunningly long full list of property tax exemptions can be found here. The long list mostly reflects, however, a variety of property exemptions for non-profits and governmental entities, enacted in a piecemeal fashion.

Given that you are relying upon a home search website, rather than official records, I suspect that the gaps are simply due to incomplete data for the website.

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  • Thank you. Good to know.
    – rapt
    Commented Feb 16, 2021 at 18:45

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