BLOG: Property Tax Appeal

New Senate Bill Looks to Revise Personal Property Tax on Telecommunications Infrastructure

by: Matthew Erickson
1 Dec 2022
On October 17, 2022, State Senator Holly Schepisi introduced Bill S3209, a bill designed to revise the State’s Business Personal Property Tax as it is applied to telecommunications infrastructure.  This bill, which is still pending before the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, would remove some language from the current law which has been the... Read More

U.S. Tax Court Addresses Conservation Easement Valuation

by: Matthew Erickson
30 Nov 2022
Conservation Easement Valuation & The U.S. Tax Court On October 17, 2022, the United States Tax Court rendered a forty-three (43) page opinion in Champions Retreat Golf Founders, LLC, Riverwood Land, LLC Tax Matters Partner v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue (hereafter “Champions Retreat”) that established the valuation for the conservation easement that was donated in... Read More

Court Declines to Invalidate Statute Prohibiting Third-Party Appeals in Tax Court

by: Matthew Erickson
12 Oct 2022
On September 28, 2022, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Mercer Vicinage, rendered a thirteen (13) page unpublished opinion in New Jersey Citizen Action, et al. v. State of New Jersey et al. that addressed the constitutionality of a recent change to the property tax appeal statute that removed third-party appeals of local property tax... Read More

Tax Court Declines to Extend Recent Expansion of Veteran’s Exemption

by: Matthew Erickson
30 Sep 2022
Disabled Veteran’s Tax Exemption On September 12, 2022, the Tax Court of New Jersey rendered a six (6) page unpublished opinion in Michael Hutchings v. Borough of Lawnside that addressed whether a Lawnside resident qualified for the “disabled veteran’s exemption” from his local property taxes.  The opinion, written by the Hon. Kathi F. Fiamingo, J.T.C.,... Read More

Judge Strikes Down New Jersey’s Casino Property Stabilization Act

by: Matthew Erickson
28 Sep 2022
On August 31, 2022, Atlantic County Assignment Judge Michael Blee ruled that a recent state law, which revised the property tax agreement between the Atlantic City casinos, Atlantic County, and Atlantic City, violated New Jersey’s Constitution.  The law, originally passed as “S4007” (hereafter the “2021 Act”), was signed into law on December 21, 2021, and... Read More

Charitable Property Tax Exemption Upheld by Tax Court Despite Zoning Violations

by: Matthew Erickson
23 Aug 2022
On March 24, 2022, the Tax Court of New Jersey rendered a twenty-five (25) page opinion in Life With Joy, Inc., v. Township of Green (hereafter “Life With Joy”) where the court evaluated whether the subject property was qualified for a charitable exemption to its requirement to pay local property tax.  Here, the Hon. Vito... Read More

New Tax Court Rules Proposed

by: Matthew Erickson
1 Aug 2022
On July 15, 2022, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a Notice to the Bar which proposed changes to the New Jersey Court rules which would address Appellate Division opinions which are published in the New Jersey Tax Reports.  The proposed changes are open to comments through August 15, 2022. The Notice to the Bar... Read More

Tax Court Declines to Increase Property Tax Assessments for Carteret Property

by: Matthew Erickson
14 Feb 2022
The Tax Court of New Jersey recently rendered a seventeen (17) page opinion in Carteret Holdings Urban Renewal, LLC v. Carteret Borough (hereafter “Carteret Holdings”) that affirmed the 2018 and 2019 tax assessments for a garden-style apartment complex located in Carteret Borough, Middlesex County, New Jersey. The unpublished opinion, written by the Hon. Mala Sundar,... Read More

Property Tax Relief Legislation Advances Through NJ Senate Committee

by: Matthew Erickson
10 Feb 2022
NJ Property Tax Relief On January 27, 2022, the New Jersey Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee unanimously approved two pieces of legislation impacting New Jersey property taxes.  These proposed bills, S330 and S343, are lawmaker’s attempts to give some measure of property tax relief to New Jersey residents.  Though they both take very different... Read More

New Jersey Enacts New Changes to the Casino Property Stabilization Act

by: Matthew Erickson
12 Jan 2022
On December 21, 2021, the Governor of New Jersey signed into law S4007, a bill that is meant to address the property tax payments made by Atlantic City Casinos.  Previously, on December 20, 2021, the New Jersey Senate and the New Jersey Assembly had passed the bill with narrow margins. The Casino Property Stabilization Act... Read More