Nassau County’s 2022/23 property tax grievance filing deadline of April 30th is fast approaching. We sincerely hope you file, because filing a grievance is the best way to ensure that your property is being fairly assessed, relative to comparable property sales within the past couple of years.
We also sincerely hope that you’ll let Maidenbaum — Nassau County’s property tax pros — handle your grievance. Our successful challenges on behalf of homeowners have resulted in millions of dollars of property tax savings for our clients, our knowledgeable and dedicated team has years of experience in the business, and we’ll never charge you (aside from a potential $30 Court-imposed filing fee) unless we successfully reduce your tax assessment.
Why Challenging Your Assessment is More Important Than Ever
Nassau County is among the highest-taxed regions of the U.S.A., and there’s zero indication that taxes are coming down in the future, especially given the damage to state, local and school budgets inflicted by the pandemic.
Challenging your assessment is one of the best ways to ensure that you’re not paying more than your fair share of property taxes, and it’s something that every homeowner should do. Why? As Maidenbaum’s in-house counsel Mark Miller noted in a recent webinar, “The reason is, at the end of the day, if the County is underassessing, you’re not going to know if the number they give you is a realistic number. […] So, people might have a case and not know just by going with the County’s numbers.” Bottom line, it’s always worth it to file every year; no matter what.
Why Filing a Tax Challenge on Your Own is Problematic
While it’s possible for an individual homeowner to file a tax challenge on their own using the County’s online software, filing a challenge this way comes with its own set of pitfalls. As Mark Miller notes, a compelling reason to use a tax challenge firm such as Maidenbaum is that it’s fully familiar with the often arcane logic used by the County’s assessment system. “Sometimes math is not what it seems . . . And as professionals, we’re right there, we know what numbers to use, we know what the equalized value of the property is, and it’s just one of the main reasons why we’re able to get such good reductions.” With over 30 years of experience, we know all of the tricks of the trade and can make sophisticated arguments that open up the door to property tax assessment reductions.
Filing with Maidenbaum is Risk-Free
In some U.S. states, homeowners take a risk when they challenge their assessments, because if it’s found during the challenge that their properties have been underassessed, they’ll face a higher property tax bill. But that’s not the case in New York State or in Nassau County. As Mark Miller observes, the County “is not allowed to raise the assessment merely because you challenged it. Even if you took your case to court and the hearing officer found that you are undervalued, they still can’t raise your assessment. That’s the law in New York State.”
Even better, letting Maidenbaum file your challenge for you – thus sparing you the time, trouble and uncertainty of doing it yourself – is completely risk-free. Maidenbaum will only charge you if we succeed in getting you a reduction. There are no hidden fees with our service, unlike the situation with other tax challenge firms. In the event of a Small Claims Assessment Review proceeding, a $30 court-imposed filing fee will apply.
Saving Money Means Filing Your Grievance Now
Getting your challenge in before the deadline (which for the 2022/23 tax year is April 30th) is an important step to saving money in the future. As Mark Miller notes, people filing grievances this month will have to wait for many months to realize their savings. “You’re not going to know the results until October (of 2022) and that’s just for the school tax bill. You’ll have to wait until January 2023, assuming you’re getting a reduction, to see what the savings are for the general taxes. It’s a very extended calendar.”
In other words, it’s imperative that you act now to ensure that your grievance is processed in a timely manner so your savings can be realized as soon as possible.
Maidenbaum is here to help. We’ve helped thousands of Nassau County homeowners realize millions of dollars in savings and we hope you’ll choose Maidenbaum to handle your grievance. If you’d like to sign up or simply learn more about how the process works, please contact us today via our website or by phone at 516-336-8622.