BLOG: Property Tax Appeal

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In a recent unpublished opinion, a Tax Court judge held that the Ramapough Mountain Indians were not entitled to an exemption under N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.6 for the use of their property for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: Richard De Angelis
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: Richard De Angelis
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

Refunds for Environmental Remediation?

by: Richard De Angelis
1 Feb 2012
Getting a refund from a successful property tax appeal may get a little harder for owners of certain contaminated industrial properties.  State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney introduced legislation yesterday that would require a property tax refund to be forwarded to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) and applied toward remediation costs, instead of being... Read More

Another Taxpayer Bites the Dust, This Time For Being One Day Too Late

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
25 Jan 2012
A Tax Court judge dismissed a complaint that arrived by regular mail one day past the statutory filing deadline.  The property owner initially appealed his assessment to the Monmouth County Board of Taxation, who affirmed the judgment and mailed a copy to the parties on September 20, 2011.  The property owner’s Tax Court complaint was... Read More

Ailing Seller’s Eagerness to Sell Fatal to Buyer’s Tax Appeal

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
23 Jan 2012
A sale of the subject property was recently disqualified as an “arms’ length” sale, according to the Tax Court, because the seller was ill and accepted the first offer made by the buyer.  The buyer filed a tax appeal to challenge the property’s assessment and offered only the sale of property to establish that the... Read More

City Council Cannot Cure Assessor’s Mistake

by: Richard De Angelis
18 Jan 2012
In Harbor Cove Marina LLC v. City of Somers Point, the Law Division of the Superior Court struck down a resolution by the City Council that increased an assessment in an attempt to cover the mistake of the City Tax Assessor. The City Council adopted the resolution increasing the assessment after the assessor realized that... Read More