With soaring property values across the state, many North Carolinians are struggling to keep up with their housing costs, including property taxes. But there is help. North Carolina offers property tax relief to low-income elderly, disabled, and/or disabled veterans. Qualifying owners may receive an exclusion of the taxable value of their residence of either $25,000 or 50% (whichever is greater) but they must apply before June 1, 2023.
Who is eligible?
Qualifying owners must meet the following requirements:
- The applicant’s name must be on the deed or title to the residence as of January 1, 2022.
- The residence must be the applicant’s primary residence.
- The applicant must be a North Carolina resident.
- The applicant must be at least 65 years of age or totally and permanently disabled. (Total and permanent disability is a disability that substantially hinders a person from obtaining gainful employment.)
- The applicant’s income, including any spouse in the household, must be $33,800 or less for 2022.
What if I am a Veteran?
Property tax relief is also available for Disabled Veterans in Mecklenburg County. These qualifying homeowners may receive an exclusion of the first $45,000 of the taxable value of their residence. The veteran must be an honorably discharged veteran, the home must be occupied by the disabled veteran, and that veteran must be 100% totally and permanently disabled due to a service-connected related injury.
This exemption is also available to the surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a Disabled Veteran. This does not apply to combat veterans, unless they have suffered a 100% total and permanent disability, which is service related. There is no age or income limitation.
When do I apply?
Qualifying owners must apply with the Assessor’s Office between January 1st and June 1st.
Where can I find help?
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is available to assist low-income elderly, disabled, and/or disabled veteran residents prepare their NC property tax relief applications.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, 5535 Albemarle Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
March 29, 2023
Virtual appointments are also available March 1, 2023-May 19, 2023. Please call 980-256-7952.
Mecklenburg County Property Tax Relief Program