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Monthly Archives: June 2012

The “Up Side” of Property Tax Assessment Appeals

Posted in Assessments

It’s surprising, but true: property tax appeals can benefit property owners, tenants, municipalities and other taxing entities - not just “corporate NYS.”  A recent New York Times article entitled “Property Tax Appeals Benefit Big Companies“, however, ignores what good can come of assessment litigation. Tax assessment grievances, Board of Assessment Review (“BAR”) hearings and, yes, even Real Property Tax Law Article… Continue Reading

School Districts Lack Standing to Challenge Assessed Valuation

Posted in Assessments, Exemptions, School Districts, Valuation

New York’s Real Property Tax Law (“RPTL”) provides that “[f]or the purpose of the levy and collection of school taxes, the valuations of real property shall be ascertained from the latest final assessment roll of the city or town.” What if a school district is unhappy with the valuations of real property established by the city or… Continue Reading

The Tax Man Cometh – Part III: After the BAR

Posted in Assessments

Grievance day has come and gone in most municipalities and the Board of Assessment (“BAR”) determinations are starting to roll in. BAR determinations will be recorded on the final assessment rolls, which are filed in most towns on July 1. If you did not obtain your desired result, you can appeal the BAR’s determination to the New… Continue Reading

Picking Up the Pieces: The Hurricane Irene & Tropical Storm Lee Assessment Relief Act

Posted in Assessments, Assessors

The Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Assessment Relief Act allows  taxing jurisdictions to provide relief to property owners that were “catastrophically impacted” (i.e., property that lost 50% or more of its value) by the aforementioned storms.  This Act is unique because it allows property owners to have their property reassessed on the 2011 assessment roll… Continue Reading