Apply for the Senior Property Tax Freeze Credit - City of St. Louis

Instructions to apply for the City of St. Louis Senior Property Tax Freeze Credit program, which provides senior citizens with fixed City property tax rates.


The City of St. Louis Senior Citizen Property Tax Freeze Credit program enables the City to freeze the City’s property tax rates. Eligible senior citizens may apply for the credit annually through the City of St. Louis Assessor’s Office.

The freeze does not apply to other tax rates such as public schools, public library, museum and zoo district, etc. The freeze applies only to real estate and does not apply to vehicles or other personal property.

Applications will be available no later than March 1st and are due by June 30th.

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Ensure you meet the requirements for the program.

Personal Requirements

Residency Requirements

  • You are the owner of record or have a legal or equitable interest in your primary residence.
  • The residence is located in the City of St. Louis.
  • You are liable for the payment of real estate taxes on your primary residence.
  • You physically occupy the residence as your personal dwelling for a majority of the year and use it for your legal address.
    • A residence is NOT eligible if you use it for investment or commercial purposes, whether in part or in whole.
  • You don't claim more than one primary residence.

Property Requirements

  • The total appraised market value of the property from the most recent assessment must be $500,000 or less.
  • All property taxes from the previous year are paid. Confirm that your taxes are paid.
  • Any property currently receiving the benefit of tax abatement is not eligible for the credit.
  • Any property in a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District is not eligible for the credit.

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  1. Prepare to provide one of the following as proof of age:
    • Driver's license
    • Valid passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Military service record
    • Naturalization or immigration record (must show your date of birth)
    • Life insurance policy (at least five years old, must show your date of birth)
    • Your child's birth certificate (must show your age)
    • Marriage record (must show your date of birth)
    • Employment record (at least five years old, must show your age or date of birth)
  2. Obtain one of the following documents as proof of social security:
    • Benefit verification letter from the Social Security Administration (must show your name or address)
    • Statement from the Social Security Administration (must show your name or address)
    Learn about social security statements and benefit verification letters.
  3. Obtain any two of the following as proof of primary residence:
    • Driver's license
    • Voter registration
    • A utility bill or other piece of mail addressed to you
    • Copy of most recent City, state or federal tax return


Use the Begin Online button to apply. You will:

  1. Enter the address of the property in question. This will confirm that the property is in the City of St. Louis and is eligible for the program.
    • If the verification says your property is ineligible due to back taxes, you may be able to qualify if you pay any outstanding balance. Contact the assessor’s office if you have any questions.
  2. Fill out the application.
    • Uploading the proof documents is optional, but if you don’t include them in the application, you will be responsible for getting them to the assessor’s office by June 30.
    • To expedite your application process, we recommend that you provide the documents within 30 days and prior to the June 30th deadline.
    • You must provide the documents using the online form, in person, or by mail.

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What to Expect

2024 is the first year of this program, so some delays are possible.

  • The Assessor’s Office will review your application. 
  • They expect to reply to completed applications within 60 days. 
  • A letter will be sent to your address informing you whether or not you qualify for the program.
  • If you do not qualify, the letter will explain why.

Additional Information

See City Ordinance 71758 for more details about the program.


Office of the Assessor

(314) 622-4185

1200 Market St, Room 120
St. Louis, MO 63103

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday

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