Property Tax Grievance 101

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What is property tax grievance?

Property tax grievance is a formal complaint filed against a town’s assessed value on a particular parcel of property based upon comparable sales. The town places a value on every property. ie – $600,000 – if we can prove your home is worth less than that value, we will accept your grievance. If there are sales in your area that are equal and above that value, we will send you a letter stating that, in our opinion, you have no case. If a neighbor has a similar home, and has lower property taxes, it may mean that they are under assessed; it is not a basis for accepting your case. The easiest cases to win are those on homes that have been purchased within the last year or homes that are currently for sale. To help entice potential buyers we can supply a letter stating an estimated reduction for homes that are for sale.

Can they raise my taxes because I filed a grievance?

Under no circumstances can your taxes be raised due to filing a tax grievance. Your assessment can only go down or remain the same.  We prequalify the home before bringing the grievance to the town’s attention, therefore if the taxes are lower than they should be we do not file the petition.

Will anyone from the assessor’s office come to my house?

No one from the assessor’s office will come to your home.  We use the information that the town already has on file for your property in order not to raise any red flags.  This way everything we are comparing they already know about!

Does this affect my STAR program or VA program?

Under NO circumstances will this have any effect on either the basic or enhanced STAR programs, as well as the different VA programs. The best thing about a property tax grievance reduction is that it offers you the ability to pursue an additional savings!

How often can you grieve your property taxes

You can grieve your property taxes every year. The value of your home is directly related to the fluctuating real estate market therefore your homes value has the potential to change every year.  There are two levels to a property tax grievance.  First we submit the paperwork to the town’s board of assessment review (BAR).  Then, if necessary, we go to the small claims court level (SCAR). Homeowners can pursue a property tax grievance every year at the town level, but you are only allowed to win at the small claims court level (SCAR) every other year. For example if you go in 2009/2010 and win at both the town/small claims court, you would only be able to pursue a grievance at the town level for 2010/2011. Nassau County Tax Grievance.

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