BLOG: Property Tax Appeal

Taxpayer’s Appeal Allowed, Despite Objection to Late Service

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
19 Jun 2010
Motion to Dismiss Tax Appeal Denied After County Tax Board Attempts to Implement Additional Service Requirements In a holding similar to an earlier decision this year — Hopatcong Fuel On You, LLC v. Hopatcong Borough, __ N.J. Super. __ (Tax 2010) — New Jersey Tax Court Judge Vito L. Bianco denied a municipality’s motion to dismiss a taxpayer’s appeal, where... Read More

NJ Courts Deny Property Tax Exemption

by: Richard De Angelis
12 Jun 2010
In two recent separate cases, both the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court and the New Jersey Tax Court have denied local property tax exemptions to not-for-profit organizations. In International Schools Services, Inc. v. West Windsor Township, 412 N.J. Super 511 (App. Div. 2010) the Appellate Division held that a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization did... Read More

Appeals Court Upholds Freeze Act Protection From Added Assessment

by: Richard De Angelis
10 Jun 2010
In an unpublished opinion released last week, Fifth Roc Jersey Associates, L.L.C. v. Town of Morristown, Docket No. A-5643-08T3 (App. Div. June 8, 2010), a New Jersey appeals court upheld a Tax Court decision granting a taxpayer’s application for “Freeze Act” protection against an added assessment. The property in question is a hotel in Morristown’s... Read More

Tax Court Expands Rights of Residential Taxpayers in Presenting Cases Before County Boards of Taxation

by: Richard De Angelis
7 May 2010
As hearings before County Boards of Taxation throughout the State get underway for 2010 tax appeals, the New Jersey Tax Court has provided some clarification on what evidence is admissible in these proceedings, and limits the authority of a County Board to dismiss for lack of prosecution (“LOP”).   In Austin v. Township of Pemberton, Judge... Read More

Atlantic City Appeals Roll On Without Conflict

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
28 Apr 2010
According to the recently decided New Jersey Supreme Court case City of Atlantic City v. Trupos, __ N.J. __ (2010), matters are “substantially related” under RPC 1.9 for disqualification purposes if a lawyer received confidential information while representing a former client that can be used in subsequent adversarial representation, or facts relevant from the prior... Read More

New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Three Opinions Regarding Dismissal of Property Tax Cases

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
23 Mar 2010
The New Jersey Supreme Court recently decided that the timelines in relevant statutes and court rules requiring a town to move to dismiss an appeal do not apply when a taxpayer has knowingly provided false or fraudulent information.  In Lucent Technologies, Inc. v. Twp. of Berkeley Heights, __ N.J. __ (2010), the Court held that the New... Read More

Flood of Property Tax Appeals Expected Again — Relief in Sight?

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
13 Mar 2010
Recent newspaper articles have highlighted the need for property tax reform in New Jersey.  An article in the Asbury Park Press discussed whether property tax relief enacted by the government had been successful, while another article in the Hudson Reporter focused on what taxpayers can do to appeal their property taxes.  Asbury Park Press Senior... Read More

Taxpayer Defeats Dismissal Claim by Hopatcong Borough

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
12 Mar 2010
New Jersey Tax Court Judge Vito L. Bianco, J.T.C., recently denied the Borough of Hopatcong’s Motion to Dismiss a tax appeal where the taxpayer’s Complaint was filed before the April 1 statutory deadline, but the copies mailed to the Municipal Tax Assessor and Municipal Clerk were received by the parties after that filing deadline.  In... Read More

Legislature Introduces Bills to Make Tax Appeal Process More User Friendly

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
8 Mar 2010
New Jersey Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco, Jr., has introduced A2194, titled the “Property Assessment Appeal Transparency Act,” which would require the Director of Taxation to include specific language on the taxpayer’s notice of assessment or notice of change of assessment to emphasize the affect of a property’s assessed value on that property’s taxes.  The new language... Read More

New Legislation Proposes Referendum on Consolidation of Taxes and Fees

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
4 Mar 2010
Senators Bob Smith and Joseph Kyrillos, Jr., have introduced S-458 which would require a binding statewide referendum on whether local property tax assessment and collection services, local animal control services and local public health services should be consolidated at the county level.  The Commissioner of Community Affairs and Director of the Division of Taxation in... Read More