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So you thought you were done…you learned all of the tax appeal vocabulary and process, got everything in on time, you in a sense “ran the good race.” Now, you find out that you were denied a reduction in your property assessment or disagree with the reduction given your property by the BAR. What is a homeowner to do? Ask yourself…do I have a strong case? Do I have the time/energy to continue? Do I feel qualified to represent myself? If you answered yes read on for an explanation of the next steps in the process.

If you are dissatisfied with the decision of the BAR, you may seek judicial review by beginning a tax certiorari proceeding in New York State Supreme Court, pursuant to Article 7 of the Real Property Tax Law, or by beginning a proceeding for Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR).

According to the New York State Unified Court System, “a Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) is a less costly and more informal alternative to a formal Tax Certiorari proceeding, which can be time consuming and expensive.”

SCAR was developed to provide homeowners with a simple way to challenge their assessments. It is only available to owner-occupants of one, two or three family dwellings which are used exclusively for residential purposes, or the owners of vacant land that is not of sufficient size to contain a one, two or three family dwelling. (more…)

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Most of us are grieving our taxes in the sense of sorrow and disbelief…but do you  have a case to literally grieve your taxes? A friend of mine received a flyer in the mail from a company that offered to represent him in grieving his taxes. Saving money sounded good to him-as it does to most of us-so he signed some papers and the company did the rest. He saved a few hundred dollars on his property taxes. We talked after the fact and my friend found out that he had a stronger case than was negotiated….he could have saved more. The company did not notify him of anything, they just settled.

I don’t know the intention of the company that assisted my friend. I am not saying that everyone sending out fliers is unethical. There are many ethical and professional people who help homeowners negotiate the process. I do think that people should get recommendations before they choose professionals to assist them! And by professionals I mean appraisers, and/or tax representatives (should you choose that route). I also think that whomever you use should be local and know the market.

I would have liked to educate my friend about the tax grievance process as it was designed to be user friendly. That being said it is fairly confusing to many. I am going to give you the advice that I would have liked to have given my friend. Here is a list of things that I think people should know before and while they grieve their property taxes. (more…)

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