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NEW JERSEY ANCHOR PROGRAM DEADLINE EXTENDED AND ELIGIBILITY EXPANDED

by: Allan Zhang
2 Dec 2022
Back in June 2022, and again in September 2022, we informed you of a big change coming to the New Jersey property tax scene, the ANCHOR program (Affordable NJ Communities for Homeowners and Renters). Designed as a replacement to the Homestead Rebate Benefit program, ANCHOR officially kicked off in September with mailers being sent to... Read More

Court Grants Tax Exemption To Nonprofit Property

by: Allan Zhang
16 Nov 2022
In a recent published Tax Court opinion by Judge Vito Bianco, J.T.C., the Court considered the exemption status of a property owned by nonprofit organization, Options Imagined (“Options”). Options had filed for exemption from property tax assessment of its property to the Morris County Tax Board which denied the application. Options appealed the decision to... Read More

A CHANGE TO THE (SENIOR) FREEZE IS COMING!

by: Allan Zhang
11 Oct 2022
Changes may be on the horizon for the New Jersey’s Senior Freeze program. The Senior Freeze program helps eligible New Jerseyans lower their property taxes by reimbursing property tax payments increases and “freezes” the property tax rate for eligible homeowners and mobile home park site fees. This is particularly helpful for senior residents living on... Read More

NJ’s ANCHOR Program – IT HAS BEGUN!

by: Allan Zhang
29 Sep 2022
Back in June 2022, we informed you that the State’s Affordable NJ Communities for Homeowners and Renters program (“ANCHOR”) was coming to provide “truly historic” tax relief to property owners and renters. In the words of the venerable soul-stealing sorcerer, Shang Tsung, “It has begun!” (Queue Mortal Kombat theme song). The ANCHOR program replaces the... Read More

Chabad of the Beaches “Takes” On the Village of Atlantic Beach

by: Allan Zhang
27 Sep 2022
A recent eminent domain case unfolding across the river involves the potential taking of property owned by Chabad of the Beaches (“Chabad”), a Jewish community group, to be used for religious purposes. Chabad was founded by the Rabbi Eli Goodman and his wife, Beila Goodman, to serve the Jewish population of Long Beach Barrier Island.... Read More

Taxpayers and Assessors: Chapter 91 Requests MUST Be Sent By Regular AND Certified Mail

by: Allan Zhang
22 Aug 2022
A recent tax court opinion by Judge Cimino, J.T.C. clarifies whether the service of a tax assessor’s request for income and expense information (“Chapter 91”) by certified mail only was sufficient to satisfy N.J.S.A. 54:4-34. In short, the answer is no. In this matter, on September 15, 2020, the City of Brigantine’s (“City”) Tax Assessor,... Read More

Want To File A Property Tax Appeal? You Gotta Pay! Except When…

by: Allan Zhang
11 Aug 2022
Deciding to file a property tax appeal is a major decision… So, you just received your property tax bill and noticed the payment has increased and now want to reduce your property taxes.  Easier said than done, but do you have to pay the higher taxes in order to file the appeal? Usually, the answer... Read More

Missouri Revises Its Eminent Domain Laws, Protects Property Rights

by: Allan Zhang
13 Jul 2022
On June 11, 2022, Missouri’s Governor Michael Parson signed House Bill HB 2005 to reform the State’s eminent domain laws. The new legislation specifically targets use of eminent domain by electrical companies as well as application to farmland being taken. HB 2005 details that in order to use the power of eminent domain, electrical companies... Read More

Governor Murphy’s ANCHOR Program Could Lead To “Truly Historic” Tax Relief

by: Allan Zhang
30 Jun 2022
It is nothing new that New Jersey homeowners pay the highest property taxes in the country, with average tax bills in 2021 around $9,200. Much-needed property tax relief could be on the way if approved as part of Governor Murphy’s state budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2023, beginning July 1. The new state program supported... Read More

Failure to Read Ordinance Leads to Appraisal’s “Fatal Flaw”

by: Allan Zhang
26 May 2022
In two recent related matters, both with years 2016-2020 pending, Phillipsburg Mall c/o Namdar Realty Corp. v. Lopatcong Twp. and Phillipsburg Mall c/o Namdar Realty Corp. v. Pohatcong Twp., defendants filed motions under R. 4:40-1 for entry of judgments at trial. Judge Joshua Novin, J.T.C., granted defendants’ motions and affirmed the property tax assessments. The... Read More