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September is Almost Here (So it’s Time to Talk About Your Property Taxes)

While the COVID-19 pandemic is under control in Nassau County (as of this writing, the infection rate is at a relatively low 1 percent, with hospitalization and death rates stabilizing at very low levels), the pandemic’s negative economic effects are likely to drag on through the remainder of the year and into 2021. According to… Read more »

How To Be a Smart, Safe Consumer During COVID-19

Being a smart consumer in the age of COVID-19 means protecting yourself against scams, price-gouging and identity fraud, all of which have accelerated as a result of the pandemic. According to the FBI – which monitors this illegal activity – all Americans should exercise renewed vigilance against these threats, which are enumerated on the bureau’s… Read more »

Nassau County Enters Phase 3: What Does It Mean for You?

It’s been three long months since Nassau County “paused” itself to limit community spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since that time, a phased reopening strategy has been in place calling for an increased number of “non-essential” businesses to reopen, provided that certain important public health metrics — including COVID-19 case counts, infection rates, and hospitalization… Read more »

COVID-19 Pandemic – How You Can Help

The suffering inflicted on Nassau County by the COVID-19 pandemic has been severe, and medical experts tell us that we are not “out of the woods” just yet. That’s why, as the State and County continue to carefully open up, it’s important for every resident to continue to respect and adhere to the guidelines put… Read more »

The Nassau County Reassessment Phase-In: What You Need to Know

On March 23, 2020, the Nassau County Legislature passed the Reassessment Phase-In Act of 2020 (RPIA) formerly known as the Taxpayer Protection Plan. What the RPIA Does The RPIA provides a five-year phase in for changes to a homeowner’s assessed value for the 2020/21 tax year, caused by the countywide reassessment. Without it, about half of… Read more »

Protecting Yourself During Nassau County’s COVID-19 Outbreak

As we’re sure you are aware, the novel coronavirus — a respiratory disease known officially as COVID-19 — is spreading rapidly in New York State; as of this writing there are thousands of positive cases statewide, with hundreds of them in Nassau County, and that number continues to increase by the day. Last week, Governor… Read more »

The 10 Qualities of a GREAT Property Tax Reduction Specialist

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that the topics we usually cover concern specific matters directly related to grieving your Nassau County property tax assessment. Our overarching aim is to equip you with the information you need to understand the way the property tax grievance process works in Nassau County so… Read more »

Why You Should File an Annual Property Tax Grievance

While it’s true that some Nassau County residents don’t consistently grieve their property tax assessments every year, your chance of maximally reducing your property taxes is enhanced by consistent and regular filing. In this article, we’ll explain why it’s recommended that you grieve your property tax assessment each and every time the County gives you… Read more »

Why Filing a Pro Se Tax Grievance is Fool’s Gold

January marks the beginning of “grievance season” in Nassau County – that critical 2-month window of time when homeowners can file grievances protesting their property tax assessments. If you decide to have Maidenbaum represent you in your grievance, you can rest easy during grievance season – we’ll handle all the particulars of grieving for you,… Read more »

Assessment 101: What You Need to Know for Nassau County

It’s natural to be confused by the assessment process in Nassau County. While the County professes to make the process understandable to ordinary citizens, there are many moving parts in the system, and the technical language can be filled with jargon that is difficult for a layperson to understand. The purpose of this brief article… Read more »

What You Need to Know About NYS’s Recent Changes to STAR (School Tax Assessment Relief)

New York State recently made several important changes to its STAR (School Tax Assessment Relief) program. These changes will impact many Nassau County homeowners seeking relief from high property tax bills. It’s important to know exactly what these changes are, and what you need to do to continue participating in these programs.  Please be aware… Read more »

3 More Common Misconceptions About Nassau County Property Tax Grievances

Some months ago, Maidenbaum published 5 Common Misconceptions about Nassau County Tax Grievances, an article seeking to dispel some common myths associated with the property tax grievance process in Nassau County. Among these several misconceptions were the ideas that filing a property tax grievance could: Backfire on the homeowner, resulting in a property tax valuation.… Read more »

Prognose: What We Know, What We Don’t Know and What You Should Do

It’s that time again! The 2021/22 Nassau County property tax grievance season is upon us. Get started here. With that bit of housekeeping out of the way, let’s move on to our topic of the month… Prognose is the software program used by the Nassau County Department of Assessment (DOA) to compute the property values… Read more »

Remember the Reassessment? Here’s What You Need to Know for the 2021/22 Property Tax Filing Season

In this article we hope to help you catch up on the latest developments of the Nassau County reassessment. We’ll get to the news shortly; but first, it’s always a good idea to check Maidenbaum’s continually-updated Tax Calendar to ensure you don’t miss any upcoming property tax deadlines (this calendar is downloadable and can be… Read more »

7 Great 1-Day Micro-Vacations on Long Island

To many of us, Long Island simply means “home,” but it’s also a place with enough fascinating attractions to serve as a vacation destination in its own right. In this piece, we hope to provide a starting point for exploring one of New York State’s most interesting areas. Please read on for a list of… Read more »

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Long Island

Long Island Put America on the Moon With the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing upon us, it’s high time to salute the engineers and scientists of Grumman (now Northrop Grumman) who built the Apollo lunar module, which ferried astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon on July 20, 1969. Only three of… Read more »

Why It’s Important for Local Companies to Be Involved in Their Communities

There are about 28 million small businesses in the U.S.A., and many of their owners realize that giving back to their local communities is a winning idea. According to SCORE, a business mentoring organization, small businesses donate 250 percent more than larger businesses to local non-profits and community causes, and 75 percent of them donate… Read more »

I Submitted My Tax Grievance…What Happens Next?

After three extensions, Nassau County’s 2020/2021 tax grievance filing deadline has finally passed. We hope that you’ve filed your tax grievance, as Nassau County is one of the highest taxed counties in the country. So if you’ve grieved on time, our advice to you is to pat yourself on the back, relax a bit, and… Read more »

Property Tax Deadlines For April, 2019

April 30th is an extremely important deadline date for Nassau County homeowners. Here are the key details: Property Tax Grievance Deadline Extended to April 30, 2019 Due to the complex nature of the reassessment, the Assessment Review Commission (ARC) extended the deadline to file a tax grievance for the 2020/21 tax year from March 1,… Read more »

Make Sure That Nassau County’s Data on Your Property Agrees with Reality

Your final School and General tax bills depend on many factors over which you have no direct control. The tax rate itself and the annual budgets set by your school and other taxing jurisdictions are determined by budgetary requirements, and the assessed market value of your home is influenced by the market values of your… Read more »