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Deadline to challenge property assessments approaches


Tue, May 15th 2018 06:15 pm
Grievance Day is May 22 in most communities statewide
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance on Tuesday reminded property owners - homeowners and businesses - that the deadline to challenge their property assessment is the fourth Tuesday in May in most communities.
That day, May 22 this year, is known as "Grievance Day."
Tentative assessment rolls, which list the assessed value of each property, are generally made public in the beginning of May. One can access the rolls on one's town's or city's website, or by visiting one's local assessor's office.
"Take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that the market value determined for your property is fair and accurate," Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion said. "If you wait until your tax bill arrives, it's too late to challenge the value assigned to your property or to ensure that you're receiving all the exemptions you deserve."
If one believes the market value listed on the assessment roll for one's property is significantly higher than the price for which one can sell the property, visit "Contest your assessment" on the Tax Department's website.
One's local board of assessment review will review one's case based on the information one provides. When filing for assessment review, one must provide a market value estimate of one's property. One can support that estimate with documentation about the sale of comparable homes or properties in one's community. A recent appraisal can be helpful, but isn't necessary. The Tax Department's website also includes information on how to estimate the market value of one's home.
Property Tax Exemptions on Assessment Roll
Assessment rolls also list the property tax exemptions each property receives. If one applied for an exemption that one is eligible to receive and it doesn't appear on the assessment roll, one can use the grievance process to appeal to the local board of assessment review.
Dates Vary
While Grievance Day is the fourth Tuesday in May in most communities, the date does vary. Confirm the date with your assessor. One can find assessor contact information in the Tax Department's municipal profiles application. Search for or browse to your city or town, and then select local officials addresses.
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