Frequently Asked Questions

A Property Tax Grievance is a complaint filed against a town’s assessed value on a particular parcel of property.   If we can prove your home is worth less than that value, based on sales of comparable properties, we will accept your grievance. If there are sales in your area that are equal and above that value, we will send you a letter stating that, in our opinion, you have no case. If a nearby home is similar to yours, and has lower property taxes, it may mean that they are under-assessed; it is not a basis for accepting your case. The easiest cases to win are those on homes that have been purchased within the last year or homes that are currently for sale. If your home is currently for sale, we can supply a letter stating an estimated reduction of your taxes.

If you believe your property taxes are too high, we can make a quick determination to see if that might be true.  If you are overpaying, you deserve a reduction, which can only be obtained by filing a property tax grievance.  You could save hundreds – even thousands – of dollars each year by grieving your taxes!

Yes.  However, we find that most homeowners who file for themselves don't get the reduction they deserve. Some people simply don't have the time or may become intimidated by all the paperwork involved in grieving property taxes.

NO.  Under no circumstances can your taxes be raised due to filing a tax grievance. Your assessment can only go down or remain the same.

No one from the assessor’s office will come to your home.

In Suffolk County, the tax grievance deadline is always the third Tuesday in May.  To file for the 2016/2017 tax year, the deadline is May 17th, 2016. 

Unless you received a reduction in the prior year, you can file a grievance every year.  If you received a reduction in the prior year, your must wait one year to file another grievance.

Yes.  If you don’t grieve by the tax deadline, you miss that opportunity for that tax year.  So grieve your taxes this year – if you win a reduction, your new application will be dismissed.

The tax grievance process can take over a year from beginning to end. However, regardless of when your case is settled, a reduction is retroactive to the beginning of the tax year for which you filed.

No, a grievance has no effect on your Basic Star exemption.

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