Sample Hardship Letter to Defer Property Taxes

Learn how to write a hardship letter to defer property taxes. Use our sample hardship letter to defer property taxes as a template for your hardship letter.

sample hardship letter to defer property taxes

Name of Applicant
Address of Applicant
City, State, Zip Code

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Name of County Assessor
Name of Government Agency or Department
Address of County Assessor
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Request for deferment of property tax NUMBER

Dear Name of County Assessor:

This letter is a formal request for a deferral on my property taxes for the year YEAR. I have experienced extreme emotional sadness along with severe financial hardship because of the death of my wife. She died on DATE from breast cancer.

We were able to afford the mortgage on our house because she was a major income-earner. 

Fortunately, the insurance paid for her treatment for the past two years and she has a small life insurance policy. 

I haven’t decided what to do yet. I may declare bankruptcy if I can’t get some financial assistance to keep my house.

If I’m able to keep my house, I have every intention of paying my taxes, but it would help if I could defer them for one year. 

I have enclosed my wife’s medical records, death certificate and our joint federal income tax return.

I want to thank you in advance for taking the time to consider my situation. If you have any questions, I can be reached at Phone Number or at Email address, and look forward to hearing from you.


Signature of Applicant
Printed Name of Applicant
List of Enclosures: Death Certificate, Medical Reports, Federal Income Tax Statements

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