Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type



Taxpayers may elect to defer property taxes on their qualifying residences for a taxable year. The county treasurer shall issue a certificate of deferral for each residence whose property taxes are deferred that states the amount of taxes deferred and the rate of interest that accrues to the certificate. The total amount of deferred property taxes, plus interest and costs, that has accrued with respect to a tax-deferred residence is due and payable when property is no longer eligible for the program.

How is Benefit Disbursed


Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Eligibility is limited to the applicant's place of residence. “Residence” means real and personal property and improvements that constitute an owner-occupied dwelling that is classified as class 3. The property cannot be income producing and may not have a full cash value of more than $150,000. The property may not be subject to the lien of any mortgage, reverse mortgage, deed of trust or other real property security interest that has been of record for less than 5 years before the date the deferral claim form is filed.

Eligibility Criteria



Income Ceiling

Principal Residence

Property Value Limit

Other Criteria

Description of Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be at least 70 years of age. Their total taxable income, which is the Arizona adjusted gross income less exemptions and deductions, cannot exceed $10,000. To be eligible the individual must either: (1) have lived in the current residence for at least 6 years immediately preceding the date the deferral claim form is filed; or (2) have lived in this state for at least 10 years immediately preceding the date the deferral claim form is filed. In the case of married couples, both spouses must meet these requirements. The cumulative amount of deferred taxes and interest that attaches to a tax deferred residence, plus any amounts secured by mortgages, reverse mortgages, deeds of trust and other real property security interest with respect to the residence, may not exceed 90% of the full cash value of the residence determined by the county assessor for the tax year.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

No local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

State and local government share the local tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

On or before 15 January of each year, the county treasurer shall sell to the state treasurer or to the county, or both, all certificates of deferred taxes issued in the county during the previous tax year. When those who received deferral pay all amounts owed, they shall be paid to the county treasurer. If the certificate for deferred taxes was sold to the state treasurer, the county treasurer shall immediately remit the payment to the state treasurer.

Record ID



The individual may not own or have any legal, equitable, beneficial or security interest in any other residence or other real property, wherever it may be located, except indirectly through an investment security, such as a mutual fund, that includes real property among its assets. Applicants must reapply each year. Failure to apply means that homeowner will not be eligible for tax deferral for that year. Failure to apply does not mean that taxes deferred in previous year must be paid. Deferred taxes and accrued interest are a lien against the property. The lien attaches on the date the certificate of deferral is recorded and has priority over any mortgage, reverse mortgage, deed of trust or other real property security interest that is recorded before the certificate of deferral is recorded and any lien attaching after the certificate of deferral is recorded.


Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 42-17301 ~ § 42-17313 (in effect for 2007)

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