Did You File Your 2025/26 Property Tax Grievance? If So, What Comes Next?

The March 18, 2024 deadline for filing property tax grievances in Nassau County for the 2025/26 tax season has come and gone. Hopefully, you’ve submitted yours. If you’ve filed on time, congratulations! As we’re all aware, Nassau County ranks among the highest taxed counties in the nation and you’ve taken meaningful steps to reduce your tax bite.

While there’s nothing additional you need to do right now, it’s important to stay attentive to official communications you’ll receive as your grievance makes its way through Nassau County’s administrative review process.

Here’s what you can expect to happen in the near future:

County Review and Offer: The County’s Assessment Review Commission (ARC) will be very busy in the next few months as it evaluates the many thousands of grievances filed for the 2025/26 tax year. This process will naturally take some time, with ARC’s review period extending until March 31, 2025. If ARC decides to make an offer to reduce your assessment during this period, you’ll be notified in writing. If, however, Maidenbaum is your representative, ARC will inform us and we will relay the offer details to you, via e-mail and mail, along with our recommendation as to whether to accept or reject the offer.

Remember, as a Maidenbaum client, you can check the status of your tax challenge at any time via Maidenbaum’s client portal at: https://clientportal.mptrg.com.

Accepting the Offer: If you agree to ARC’s offer of reduction, your case will be considered settled with the County. Your property’s Assessed Value should be adjusted to the new, lower value and reflected on the final assessment roll released on April 1, 2025.

Rejecting the Offer: If you decline ARC’s offer, you still have the option to contest your assessment through SCAR (Small Claims Assessment Review). This process involves filing a petition before the April 30, 2025 deadline and paying a $30 filing fee. If Maidenbaum represents you, we’ll handle the petition filing, represent you at any SCAR hearing, and vigorously advocate for a reduction on your behalf.

During a SCAR hearing, the responsibility of proving the County’s assessment as excessive falls on the homeowner or their representative. This is where having an experienced professional on your side can make a significant difference. Maidenbaum has a proven track record of successfully challenging unfair or excessive assessments at SCAR hearings.

Seeing a Reduction: Please be aware that any reduction in your assessment granted by ARC won’t result in a direct payment to you but will be reflected by way of reduced property tax bills, starting with your October 2025 school tax bill and January 2026 general tax bill. If your case goes through a SCAR proceeding, depending on the timing of the issuance of a decision, you may receive either reduced tax bills, a refund of overpayment and/or corrected tax bills.

Checking Grievance Status: If you’ve entrusted Maidenbaum with your 2025/26 tax grievance, rest assured that your case is in capable hands. We’ll keep you informed through regular updates as your matter progresses through ARC’s review and, if needed, through a SCAR proceeding. We highly recommend bookmarking our client portal at: https://clientportal.mptrg.com to stay informed and connected. If you are a new client and need your temporary credentials to set up your account, give us a call.

For further details regarding the property tax grievance process in Nassau County, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section at: https://www.maidenbaumtax.com/faqs/.

To contact Maidenbaum directly, please visit our contact page at: https://www.maidenbaumtax.com/contact-us/.

We extend our gratitude to all who have placed their confidence in us this tax season.