Friday, October 8, 2021

Is There a Limit to How Many Times I Can Grieve my Taxes?

 

Every year, your property taxes go up. And for Long Island homeowners, this is something that they have to face every year. But luckily, there’s a way to get your property taxes lowered— through our grievance process! And, of course, you must be wondering: if my property taxes go up every year, can I apply for the grievance process every year? 

The answer is yes!
 

How Often Can I Grieve My Property Taxes?

As we stated above, you can apply to get your property taxes lowered every year! For those who have already reduced their taxes in the past, the grievance only applies to the current tax year and future years, so you cannot grieve taxes you have already paid. And the best part? Your property taxes can not go up because of a challenge, and we only charge for successful cases.

More About P.T.R.C., Inc’s Grievance Process

As a homeowner, you have the right to file a property tax grievance, should you disagree with the taxes owed. It starts from you submitting your signed application, and the team here at P.T.R.C., Inc. will confirm that we received your application within the deadline and if you’re eligible to file the grievance application.

P.T.R.C., Inc. will represent you before the Board of Assessment Review (B.A.R.) in Suffolk County or the Assessment Review Commission (A.R.C.) in Nassau County. Based on the decision rendered by the A.R.C. or B.A.R., P.T.R.C., Inc. will either accept the reduction or proceed to the Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR). SCAR is the only way to obtain a reduction if denied at the board level. We have proven extremely successful here! A $30 court filing fee is required for SCAR to purchase an index number which guarantees your case to be heard.

P.T.R.C., Inc. will then purchase the index number and complete all necessary paperwork on your behalf. Once your appeal is filed, it is up to the Supreme Court to schedule a hearing (This can take up to several months because of the numerous SCAR appeals being filed). We will prepare all the necessary documentation, including a Comparable Market Analysis, to be used in the appeal process. We will also appear on your behalf and present all the needed evidence to succeed.

Once successful, depending on the municipality and your hearing date, a reduction granted can be reflected/adjusted in several ways. Such as, the deduction can be reflected on your tax bills, in which case you would pay your taxes based on the lowered assessed value, and thus no refund will be due to you. Another method would be that a refund check can be issued for any overpayment of taxes due to the reduction. An additional process can be a partial adjustment in your assessed value and a partial refund. Many factors can influence how the different municipalities reflect/adjust your property tax bill; each city and reduction can be unique.

Homeowners, Contact Us For Property Tax Reduction on Long Island

Here at P.T.R.C., Inc., we are determined to help our clients pay the lowest amount of property tax as required by law. Contact us today to see how we can help you: info@ptrc.com

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