BLOG: Property Tax Appeal

Filed in the Nick of Time

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
4 Jun 2012
A New Jersey Tax Court judge recently denied efforts by the Borough of Bergenfield to dismiss a property tax appeal filed by a local property owner as being “out of time”.  The appeal challenged an affirmance of the 2011 tax assessment on the property in question by the Bergen County Board of Taxation.  Under New... Read More

To Wield Chapter 91 Sword to Dismiss Tax Appeals Towns Must Play by the Rules

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
11 May 2012
We have made numerous posts about appeals that were dismissed due to the property owner’s failure to respond to a municipal tax assessor’s request for income and expense information under N.J.S.A. 54:4-34, also known as “Chapter 91.” While it seems municipalities are aggressively invoking Chapter 91 to attack commercial tax appeals and the Tax Court... Read More

Paramus Appeal Dismissed: Obligation to Submit Income and Expense Info Runs with the Land

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
10 May 2012
Another New Jersey property owner had its real estate tax appeal dismissed this week  for failure to respond to a municipal tax assessor’s request for income and expense information.  That’s not surprising, given the volume of appeals facing New Jersey’s municipalities and now pending in the New Jersey Tax Court and the County Boards of... Read More

No Relaxation For Lakewood Taxpayer

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
2 May 2012
The New Jersey Tax Court recently granted a municipality’s request to dismiss a tax appeal because all taxes due and payable for the 2009 tax year under appeal had not been paid at the time that the complaint was filed as required by N.J.S.A. 54:51A-1(b).  In this unreported decision, Tilwy LLC v. Lakewood, Docket No.... Read More

Tribe’s First Amendment Rights Not Violated by Denied Tax Exemption

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
25 Apr 2012
In a recent unpublished opinion, a Tax Court judge held that the Ramapough Mountain Indians were not entitled to an exemption under N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.6 for the use of their property for religious purposes.  The Ramapoughs argued that the statute is unconstitutional as applied to them because of the statute’s requirement that a building exist on... Read More

Property Tax Appeals in New Jersey – Increased Volume Meets Resistance

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
25 Mar 2012
An article by Dave Sheingold in today’s Record highlights a trend regarding real estate tax appeals in New Jersey which we have seen develop in recent years, as the real estate market continues to be in flux and droves of property owners have tried to reduce expenses by filing property tax appeals.  The message from... Read More

Time For A Checkup On Your Property Taxes? It’s Not Too Late!

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
9 Mar 2012
Owners, operators and property managers of commercial, industrial and other investment properties in New Jersey may look to reduce real estate tax expenses by considering an appeal of  their 2012 local property tax assessments.  By now, the local tax assessor in every municipality across New Jersey should have notified each taxpayer by mail – usually a white... Read More

NY taxpayers take Nassau County to court to force payment of property tax refunds.

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
8 Mar 2012
A taxpayer that prevails in a real estate tax appeal is entitled to a refund of any overpayments in taxes that were based on the old assessment.  In New Jersey we have seen more and more municipalities request additional time beyond the standard sixty (60) days to issue the refund.  Municipalities are more frequently not... Read More

Interactive Map Puts Spotlight on New Jersey’s Crushing Tax Burden

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
22 Feb 2012
NJ Spotlight has created a tax map which displays the average 2011 tax burden for property owners by municipality, and how that may have changed since 2009.  According to the Tax Foundation, since 2009 New Jersey’s median property taxes are the highest in the nation, and the state also ranked first when comparing property taxes as... Read More

Red Card for Red Bull Soccer Stadium

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
11 Feb 2012
Like a referee ejecting a soccer player for overly aggressive play, the New Jersey Tax Court has thrown out a tax appeal that claimed Red Bull Arena, home to the New York Red Bulls Soccer Club, is a tax-exempt entity. The arena sits on a 12-acre parcel that is located within a designated redevelopment area... Read More