BLOG: Property Tax Appeal

“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

Another Day, Another Sale Not Verified

by: Allan Zhang
17 Feb 2020
This matter stems from plaintiffs’, Anthony and Patricia-Miliano Paolo, 2019 appeal of their property in the Borough of Bradley Beach. Plaintiff petitioned to the Monmouth County Tax Board to reduce its assessment from $657,700 to $563,000. The Paolos provided the sales of three residences in the Borough but only relied on one as the best... Read More

Appraiser’s Lack of Verification of Data Leads to Affirmed Assessment

by: Allan Zhang
14 Feb 2020
In a recent Tax Court matter, the Plaintiff challenged the 2016 tax year assessment of property currently being occupied by a bank. The Bergen County Tax Board and the Tax Court affirmed the assessment. The Court’s legal analysis began with the well-established principle that the original assessment is entitled to a presumption of validity. MSGW... Read More

No Running From a Chapter 91 Request (It Runs With The Land!)

by: Allan Zhang
10 Dec 2019
In this recent tax appeal, plaintiff, Fulton Partners, LLC (“Fulton”) filed an appeal for tax year 2017. The City of New Brunswick (“New Brunswick”) moved to dismiss for Fulton’s failure to provide responses to its Chapter 91 request. The Tax Court granted New Brunswick’s motion in part and dismissed the tax appeal for lack of... Read More

Tax Court Denies Application of Single Economic Unit Doctrine

by: Allan Zhang
24 Oct 2019
In this Tax Court matter, Judge Jonathan Orsen denied Rutherford Borough’s (“Rutherford”) motion for partial summary judgement. Rutherford’s motion sought an Order directing that the parcels under appeal be treated and valued as a single economic unit along with two contiguous parcels owned by an unrelated party (not under appeal). Plaintiff, EGDC c/o AM Resurg... Read More

Fore! State-Owned Golf Course Ruled Tax Exempt Due to Public Purpose Law

by: Thomas Olson
2 Aug 2019
The New Jersey Tax Court in Cream Ridge Golf, LLC, et. al., v. Township of Freehold examined whether a state-owned golf course (which is tax exempt) loses its exemption by leasing the property to a private entity for profit, then is the private entity also tax exempt? The Court said so long as the golf... Read More

Non-Residential Development Fees: the Plain Language Confirms

by: Allan Zhang
30 Jul 2019
The New Jersey Tax Court recently determined 1) whether a subject property was improved for the purposes of calculating the Non-Residential Development Fee (“NRDF”)(N.J.S.A. 40:55D-8.1 to 8.7) and 2) the correct date to use when determining the preexisting value of the subject property for the purposes of computing the NRDF owed. The NRDF is applied... Read More

Exempt From Taxes? Not if You Fail to Answer the Chapter 91 Request!

by: Allan Zhang
26 Jul 2019
A New Jersey appellate court recently affirmed a Tax Court decision dismissing Alcatel’s complaint, which challenged the 2015 denial of a farmland assessment because Alcatel failed to respond to the tax assessor’s request for Chapter 91 data. NJSA 54:4-34 (“Chapter 91”) requires every real property owner “on written request of the assessor to render a... Read More

Who’s Got it Right? Court Finds Aging Corporate Center No Longer Holds Preeminence it Once Did and Was Not a Special Purpose Property

by: Thomas Olson
2 Jul 2019
ML Plainsboro LTD Partnership/Gomez v. Plainsboro revolved around the highest and best use of two lots located at 800 Scudders Mill Road in Plainsboro. When the two lots were built by Merrill Lynch from 1985-1994, it was designed to be a premier corporate campus. It featured an office building with a fitness center and cafeteria... Read More

Appeals Court Finds Restaurant on University Campus Tax Exempt Due to Colorful Arguments

by: Thomas Olson
1 Jul 2019
On May 31, 2018, the Tax Court of New Jersey held that a restaurant operated on Kean University’s campus did not constitute a university space and therefore was liable for local property taxes. Exactly one year later, an Appellate Division decision reversed the Tax Court decision and ruled that space on Kean University’s campus was... Read More