BLOG: Property Tax Appeal

Tax Court Denies Motion To Compel Discovery Again, And Again.

by: Richard De Angelis
18 Nov 2020
In a tax appeal involving a newer Quick Check gas station and convenience store, the defendant, Borough of Raritan, moved to compel additional discovery from the plaintiff. The Borough requested statements relating to the business operations at the property.  In support, the Borough argued that the information would assist its appraiser in adjusting comparable properties... Read More

Tax Court Sides with Municipality in Pursuing Tax Appeal to Increase Assessment

by: Richard De Angelis
7 Oct 2020
The last few years have brought a dramatic escalation in tax appeals filed by municipalities against commercial property owners seeking to increase assessments and, of course, property taxes.  Municipalities, especially larger cities such as Newark, Jersey City, and Elizabeth have aggressively pursued such actions, sometimes referred to a “reverse appeals.”  But it was an appeal... Read More

Property Tax Exemption Not On The Menu For University Restaurant

by: Richard De Angelis
14 Jul 2020
The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held in Gourmet Dining v Union Township that a for-profit high-end restaurant housed in a building on the Kean University campus was subject to local property taxation. The defendant, Union Township, appealed from the judgment of the Appellate Division, which reversed the Tax Court’s grant of summary judgment in... Read More

2020 TAX APPEAL FILING DEADLINE SET FOR JULY 1ST

by: Richard De Angelis
29 May 2020
Yesterday Governor Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4157 (A4157)  to temporarily extend the deadline to file property tax appeals to July 1. The ordinary statutory deadline was April 1 (or May 1 for towns undergoing a revaluation).  That deadline had been extended twice before as a result of the Governor’s Executive Orders declaring the current... Read More

Priest Files Shutdown Challenge – Is Governor Thinking About the Bill of Rights Now?

by: Richard De Angelis
5 May 2020
Last week we wrote about the first known challenge to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order shutting down the State in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  The plaintiff there alleged the Order resulted in a taking of his beach house because it prohibits seasonal beach rentals and, as a result, he was required to... Read More

“Thanks” To COVID-19, It’s Not Too Late To File A Property Tax Appeal

by: Richard De Angelis
1 May 2020
Like you, we at McKirdy, Riskin, Olson & Della Pelle, P.C. have had to adapt to the current State of Emergency caused by the COVID-19 virus that has upended our normal routines.  First and foremost is that we are all concerned about our health and that of our family and friends, especially those most vulnerable... Read More

“Almost on time” Doesn’t Count For Tax Refund – Tax Court Orders Town to Pay Interest

by: Richard De Angelis
2 Apr 2020
There is a saying that “early is on time, on time is late and late is unacceptable.” While that is not true in all instances, the New Jersey Tax Court recently found that the payment of a tax refund owed as a result of Judgment issued pursuant to a settlement agreement two days beyond the... Read More

Tax Court Denies City’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Prosecution

by: Richard De Angelis
26 Sep 2018
The Tax Court recently denied a motion by the City of Ventnor to dismiss an appeal brought by a property owner from a judgment of the Atlantic County Board of Taxation. The City claimed the owner failed to prosecute the tax appeal before the County Board when its counsel appeared, but presented no evidence and... Read More

Doughnut and Coffee With Reversal and Remand

by: Richard De Angelis
11 Jul 2018
The Appellate Division reversed and remanded a decision of the Tax Court that affirmed the assessment on a Dunkin Donuts property in the City of Elizabeth. The appellate court found that the lower court erred by relying on evidence not in the record. Plaintiff’s appraiser utilized the income capitalization approach to appraise the property. In... Read More

Fraternity’s creative arguments no match for Chapter 91

by: Richard De Angelis
4 May 2018
Perhaps not since Otter’s impassioned plea to keep Delta House from being kicked off campus in the 1978 classic movie, Animal House, has a fraternity presented such a creative argument.  Of course, in Gamma-Upsilon Alumni Ass’n of Kappa Sigma, Inc. v. City of New Brunswick, a recent published opinion of the New Jersey Tax Court, seasoned... Read More