Why You Should Grieve Your Property Taxes Every Year

While many Nassau County homeowners have made the wise decision to grieve their property tax assessment each and every year, some appear to believe that filing a single challenge is sufficient to ensure they’re paying the lowest possible tax bills.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. While grieving once may result in a reduction in your property’s assessment, it’s far more beneficial to file a grievance every single year. Here’s why:

1. Not filing a grievance practically guarantees that your School and General taxes will increase

Nassau County homeowners already face a crushing property tax burden. In fact, Nassau County — with a median property tax of $10,363 — is one of, if not the most expensive county in the U.S. Worse, these taxes predictably rise each year. (If you have any doubts, check the “Tax History” data on Zillow listings).

School taxes represent about 65 percent of this burden, and the fact is school budgets tend to grow each year. While plans to make Nassau County’s education system more efficient and taxpayer-friendly have long been talked about, any proposed relief is likely years away.

The best way for Nassau County homeowners to protect themselves against the rising tide of ever-increasing property taxes is to grieve their assessments.

2. Consecutive Reductions Are Common

When you grieve your property tax assessment, you may or may not get a reduction, but you’ll never have your assessment increased as a result of filing a grievance — that’s the law in New York State. But irrespective of your results for any given tax year, there’s no downside to grieving them for the next successive tax year.

We’ve been helping Nassau County homeowners reduce their tax bills for many years, and can tell you that consecutive reductions are common. Just because a challenge fails in one tax year doesn’t mean it can’t succeed in the next one. So we hope you agree that it’s a smart move to grieve your property tax assessment each and every year.

3. Grieving your taxes takes just a few minutes of your time

If you’ve never grieved your Nassau County property taxes, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the fact that doing so — with the help of an expert tax reduction company such as Maidenbaum– is a quick and straightforward process. Just take a few minutes to input your property information into a form on our website, and we’ll take it from there. There are no fees associated with this process unless we are able to secure you a reduction, and we’ll stay in touch with you to update you as your tax grievance makes its way through Nassau County’s system.

4. Grieving your property taxes is smart from every angle

Whether you plan on staying in your Nassau County home for the foreseeable future, or plan on putting it on the market, grieving your taxes — each and every year — is one of the smartest decisions you can make. For those who want to stay put, reducing your tax burden makes living in your home more affordable; for those who want to sell, reducing your assessment makes your home more attractive to prospective buyers.

So take a moment to navigate over to the Request Your Tax Grievance Authorization Form section of our website to get started.