BLOG: Property Tax Appeal

Owner Takes Action: Taxes are Too Darned High

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
24 Jun 2011
Historic Home Razed Because Property Taxes Were Too High for Owner The owner of the historic 1924 Dubois estate in Ocean City claims he had to raze the building because he was unable to find a buyer for the property, and he could not continue to pay the property taxes on the estate.  The property... Read More

Tax appeal refunds continue to take bite out of municipal budgets.

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
1 Jun 2011
The Edison Township Council recently approved settlements in 75 tax appeals for the 2010 tax-year that will result in $6.5 million in refunds. The refunds will be funded through cash disbursements or as a credit on future tax bills. The problem for Edison is that there are more than 100 tax appeals for the 2010... Read More

Will Income Tax Be Used to Offset Property Taxes?

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
11 May 2011
Assemblyman Suggests Income Tax Increase to Shoulder Property Tax Burden  New Jersey Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden) has suggested a cure for the State’s “addiction” to local property taxes .  According to an article in the Star-Ledger, Assemblyman Greenwald “wants towns to be able to decide by voter approval whether to set own sales and income taxes... Read More

Legislation Introduced to Share Property Tax Refund Burden

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
26 Apr 2011
New Bill Would Require School and Fire Districts to Refund Successful Tax Appeals  New Jersey Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris) has proposed Assembly Bill A-3412 which would require school districts and fire districts to join local towns and counties in refunding successful tax appeals.  Currently, only municipalities and counties are responsible for crediting a property... Read More

Tax Court Denies Phillipsburg’s Chapter 91 Motion to Dismiss

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
20 Apr 2011
In Town of Phillipsburg v. ME Realty, L.L.C., decided on April 8, 2011 (approved for publication), the New Jersey Tax Court denied the town of Phillipsburg’s motion to dismiss ME Realty’s property tax appeal for failure to respond to Phillipsburg’s request for income and expense information pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:4-34 (“Chapter 91 Request”). The Tax... Read More

Appellate Court Reinstates Kearny Tax Appeals

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
19 Apr 2011
Court Reinstates Tax Appeals Dismissed for Plaintiff-Taxpayer’s Failure to Provide Discovery In Leeds Terminal Inc. v. Town of Kearny (Docket Nos. A-4867, 4874 through 4881 – 09T3) an appellate court reversed the Tax Court’s order denying several taxpayers’ motions to reinstate property-tax appeals dismissed with prejudice for their failure to provide discovery. These matters involved... Read More

Property Tax Appeal Floodgates Open

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
31 Mar 2011
Tomorrow’s annual filing deadline for real estate tax appeals in New Jersey is expected to bring with it an unprecedented volume of appeals before County Tax Boards and the New Jersey Tax Court.  According to a report in today’s Star-Ledger, approximately 75,000 tax appeals are expected to be filed this year.  It is also estimated that... Read More

Society of Professional Assessors Seminar to Feature McKirdy & Riskin Attorneys

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
28 Mar 2011
The Society of Professional Assessors’ annual seminar for Property Tax Professionals will feature McKirdy & Riskin’s Thomas Olson and Richard DeAngelis as panelists, on Friday April 15, 2011.  The panel discussion “Tax Appeal Fundamentals and Update from the Tax Court” will take place during the afternoon session of the conference at The Landmark, 26 Route 17... Read More

April 1st Tax Appeal Deadline Approaching

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
16 Mar 2011
Property owners looking for ways to reduce expenses may consider filing an appeal of the property’s 2011 local property tax assessment.  The New Jersey Tax Court and County Boards of Taxation are flooded with appeals filed by owners who are asserting that their property values have declined and that a reduction of a property’s assessment and taxes is warranted... Read More

Tax Exemption does not require “lawful use” under zoning ordinance

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
23 Feb 2011
A New Jersey appellate court reversed a State Tax Court judge’s opinion by holding that N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.6 does not require that a property be used in a manner permitted by a municipality’s zoning ordinance.  The subject property consisted of a two and one-half story home which had previously housed nuns in connection with an adjoining school. ... Read More