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Staking a Claim: Why are Tax Grievance Claim Values So Low?

Posted in Property Tax Laws, Property Tax News, Tax Appeals, Valuation

A local reporter recently thought he got hold of a tax issue that would sell papers: claimants in New York tax cases often make their opening statement of value extremely low. To the reporter, unbelievably low, and therefore he was outraged and contended something foul was afoot. As is no surprise in much of the… Continue Reading

Highest Court Strikes Down Nassau County’s Attempt to Shift Obligation to Pay Tax Refunds

Posted in Court Decisions, Property Tax Laws, Property Tax News, Property Tax Trends, Tax Appeals

Nassau County was dealt a decisive blow to its financial prospects on February 18 when the State’s highest court held that it had exceeded its constitutional authority in attempting to shirk its obligation to pay tax refunds — estimated at some $450 million — by shifting the duty to individual taxing districts. In a 29-page… Continue Reading

New York City Apparently Unable to Explain its Own Property Tax Methods

Posted in Property Tax Laws, Property Tax News, Property Tax Trends, Tax Appeals, Valuation

Calculating property taxes and related values is complicated and perplexing in nearly every jurisdiction in the U.S., though perhaps nowhere more than New York City. One of the greatest sources of confusion comes when the City decides to increase an assessed value for certain classes of properties based on market changes (as opposed to physical… Continue Reading

Slight Decline in Westchester Tax Certiorari Filings Following Years of Steady Increases

Posted in Property Tax News, Property Tax Trends, Tax Appeals, Valuation

The number of tax certiorari proceedings filed in 2012 in Westchester County (9th Judicial District) dipped below the level of the previous year, and reversed the steady annual increase that had been occurring since at least 2006. Figures for 2013 are not yet available. Certiorari filings went from 3,288 in 2006 to 4,268 in 2011,… Continue Reading

Property Tax Education for the Appellate Division of New York

Posted in Property Tax Laws, Property Tax News, Property Tax Trends, Revaluation, Tax Appeals, Tax Cap

For the vast majority of lawyers, interaction with Appellate Judges is quite limited and generally reserved for tension-filled, highly formalized, brief appearances before a stern and imposing panel that literally sits on high and fires vexing questions rapid-fire before saying “please sit down”. And the appellate decision-making process is often a murky one in which… Continue Reading