This program is for all senior citizens and low-income taxpayers who own and live in their home. If eligible, you can pay your current-year Real Estate Tax in monthly installments.
Applying for the plan
To apply, you must complete and mail in the current-year installment plan application, including all required information. Applications must be received by the end of March. If approved, you will receive eight monthly installment notices that cover the period between May and December.
If you make all eight required monthly payments, you are automatically enrolled in the installment plan for the following year. The Department of Revenue will mail you a payment coupon book in December, and the first of 12 monthly payments will be due in January of the following year.
Failing to pay on time
If you don’t make your monthly payment, your tax balance will be considered in default. If this happens, you will be removed from the installment plan program and all taxes, including “additions” (interest and charges added to the original tax amount), will be due at that time.
Senior citizen eligibility
To be eligible for this program as a senior citizen, you must be at least 65 years old, or have a spouse who lives in the same household who is at least 65 years old. Proof of age must be provided.
To be eligible as a low-income taxpayer, your household’s total, monthly income must be lower than the amounts listed below. If it is greater, you are not eligible for this program.
The following does not have to be reported:
- Medicare benefits.
- Food stamps or other similar relief supplied by a government agency.
- Any property tax or rent rebate.
- The value of property received by inheritances.
- The amount of any damages received, whether by civil suit or settlement agreement, on account of personal injuries or sickness.
- Life insurance benefits and other insurance proceeds.
- Back pay; severance pay; bonuses, tuition reimbursements; loan disbursal; federal or state income tax refund; lump sum payment of benefits.
- Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP)
Changes that affect your eligibility
Please note that any change to your deed or an increase in income above the eligibility requirements will cancel the installment plan. You must notify us of any changes as a requirement to your participation in the installment plan. Income requirements are also detailed in the program application.