The Clergy Exemption provides up to a $1,500 property tax exemption to eligible clergy members, retired clergy members, or unremarried spouses of deceased clergy members.

To keep receiving the benefit, you must file a new application every year.

For exemption benefits to begin on July 1 of the year you apply, your application must be postmarked on or before March 15. If the due date falls on a weekend or national holiday, the deadline will be the next business day.

Applications that are received after the filing deadline will be processed for July of the following year.

2020/2021 Tax Year

The deadline to apply for the 2020/2021 tax year is March 16, 2020.

  • If you’re eligible for an exemption and your 2020/2021 application is postmarked or submitted on or before the deadline, you’ll start receiving benefits on July 1, 2020.
  • If you’re eligible for an exemption and your 2020/2021 application is postmarked or submitted after the deadline, you’ll start receiving benefits on July 1, 2021.

2019/2020 Tax Year

The deadline to submit an application for the 2019/2020 tax year was March 15, 2019.

  • If you’re eligible for an exemption and your 2019/2020 application was postmarked on or before the deadline, you’ll start receiving benefits on July 1, 2019.
  • If you’re eligible for an exemption and your 2019/2020 application was postmarked after  the deadline, you’ll start receiving benefits on July 1, 2020.

You may qualify for the Clergy Exemption if you are:

  • A clergy member active in your denomination
  • A clergy member unable to perform work due to illness or impairment
  • A retired clergy member over 70 years old
  • A spouse of a deceased clergy member who has not remarried

You must own a 1-, 2-, or 3-family home or condominium. Co-ops are not eligible for this exemption. You do not have to live in the property to get the exemption, but you must be a resident of New York State.

Note: If you currently participate in the 421a or 421b exemption program for your primary residence, you aren't eligible for personal property exemptions. You must wait until your 421a or 421b exemptions expire before applying for a personal exemption. If your 421a or 421b exemption is expiring and you would get a larger benefit from one of the personal exemptions, you can ask to have the 421a or 421b exemption revoked and the personal exemption applied instead. Learn more about property tax exemption removal on the Property Tax Exemption Assistance page.

Online

You can complete the application and upload your documents online. You'll need to log in or create an account first.

Filing online will allow you to:

  • Save your progress so you can come back to a partially completed application later
  • View the status of submitted applications
  • Get electronic notifications when your application is submitted, received, and processed or if additional information is required
  • Submit additional documents

Apply online.

By Mail

To apply, you must complete an application and provide all required documents.

Mail your application and documents to:

NYC Department of Finance
P.O. Box 311
Maplewood, NJ 07040-0311

If you send your application by certified mail, your certified mail receipt will be signed, dated, and returned to you.

Once an exemption application is received by the Department of Finance (DOF), they will send you an acknowledgment letter. They will review it and send you a decision letter or a letter requesting additional information within 90 days.

Call 311 to request a paper copy.

You must submit the following documents with your application to prove your eligibility for the Clergy Exemption:

  • A verification letter from the house of worship stating that you are an active or retired member of the clergy, or
  • A verification letter from the house of worship stating that your deceased spouse was a member of the clergy

And the following, if applicable:

  • Death certificate if you are an unmarried surviving spouse
  • Letter from a physician documenting illness or impairment if the clergy member is unable to perform work
  • Proof of age if the clergy member is retired and over 70 years old
  • Last will and testament, probate or court order if the property was willed to an owner

Enrollment Events

At an outreach event, Department of Finance staff will work with you one-on-one to help you complete a property tax exemption application.

To apply for or renew an exemption at the event, all owners must be present to sign the application. Make sure to bring the required documents, along with a government-issued photo ID, application, and any related letters or notices you received from DOF before going.

For a list of upcoming events, visit the Department of Finance Public Events page.

Department of Finance Business Centers

Manhattan DOF Business Center
66 John Street (between Dutch and William Streets)
New York, NY 10038
Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Learn more about the Manhattan Business Center.

Staten Island DOF Business Center
350 St. Marks Place, 1st Floor (between Hyatt Street and Victory Boulevard)
Staten Island, NY 10301
Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Learn more about the Staten Island Business Center.

Once an exemption application is received by the Department of Finance, they will review it and send you a decision letter or a letter requesting additional information within 90 days.

You can check the status of a property tax exemption application online or by phone.

Online

Look up the status of a property tax exemption application.

By Phone

Call 311 for status.

If your application was denied and you disagree with the Department of Finance's decision, you can appeal with the NYC Tax Commission.

You must appeal by the deadline on your notice. If there is no deadline date on your notice, you must file within 20 calendar days of the date on the notice.

To learn how to appeal, visit the Property Tax Exemption Appeal page.

If you were denied the exemption and you have questions about why your exemption was denied, contact DOF. Note that contacting DOF for an explanation does not extend the deadline to file an appeal with the Tax Commission.

Online

Contact DOF.

By Mail

Write to:

NYC Department of Finance
Correspondence Unit
1 Centre Street, Room 2200
New York, NY 10007

The Clergy Exemption reduces your property's assessed value by up to a maximum of $1,500 a year. If you own more than one property, you get the exemption on each property at $750 each. For Class 1 properties, this results in a savings of approximately $200 a year.

Call 311 for assistance.