BLOG: Property Tax Appeal

Appraisers Beware: Use Competent Data!

by: Allan Zhang
30 Nov 2018
In a recent Tax Court decision, Judge Kathi Fiamingo affirmed the Burlington County Board of Taxation’s judgment of a 2017 assessment of a single family residence where plaintiff’s expert did not present credible and competent evidence from which a true value could be adduced. When presenting evidence in a real estate tax appeal in New... Read More

Tax Court Denies City’s Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Prosecution

by: Richard De Angelis
26 Sep 2018
The Tax Court recently denied a motion by the City of Ventnor to dismiss an appeal brought by a property owner from a judgment of the Atlantic County Board of Taxation. The City claimed the owner failed to prosecute the tax appeal before the County Board when its counsel appeared, but presented no evidence and... Read More

Tax Court Denies Subpoena Request

by: Allan Zhang
25 Sep 2018
A recent Tax Court decision concerned a subpoena regarding a non-party’s appraisal report and income and expense information relating to a 2018 property tax assessment.  In Township of Gloucester v. Lakeview Realty Investment Associates, the court denied the municipality’s motion to direct a non-party bank to produce the above information, citing its relevance and plaintiff’s... Read More

Your TIN, Not Mine!

by: Allan Zhang
17 Sep 2018
A recent Tax Court opinion focused on a technical issue not normally involved in a real estate tax appeal matter.  New Jersey Tax Court Judge  Jonathan A. Orsen, J.T.C. held that a tax refund  check payable to an  attorney  trust account should be registered to the  attorney’s taxpayer identification number (TIN), not the party’s TIN,... Read More

Not Timely Enough: Township’s Chapter 91 Motion to Dismiss Denied after Request Sent too Late

by: Thomas Olson
17 Jul 2018
Chapter 91 has proved to be an effective tool for municipalities to protect themselves from tax appeals. Chapter 91 provides that when a municipality sends a request for income and expense information to a property owner pursuant to the statute, the owner must respond within forty-five days. If the property owner does not respond within... Read More

Doughnut and Coffee With Reversal and Remand

by: Richard De Angelis
11 Jul 2018
The Appellate Division reversed and remanded a decision of the Tax Court that affirmed the assessment on a Dunkin Donuts property in the City of Elizabeth. The appellate court found that the lower court erred by relying on evidence not in the record. Plaintiff’s appraiser utilized the income capitalization approach to appraise the property. In... Read More

“I Don’t Remember Sending It but Probably Did”…Works to Defeat Chapter 91 Dismissal Motion

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
12 Jun 2018
We recently summarized Gamma-Upsilon Alumni Ass’n of Kappa Sigma, Inc. v. City of New Brunswick, a case in which the plaintiff’s tax appeal was dismissed due to its failure to respond to the assessor’s request for income and expense Information, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:4-34 (commonly known as “Chapter 91”). Chapter 91 provides that a... Read More

Fraternity’s creative arguments no match for Chapter 91

by: Richard De Angelis
4 May 2018
Perhaps not since Otter’s impassioned plea to keep Delta House from being kicked off campus in the 1978 classic movie, Animal House, has a fraternity presented such a creative argument.  Of course, in Gamma-Upsilon Alumni Ass’n of Kappa Sigma, Inc. v. City of New Brunswick, a recent published opinion of the New Jersey Tax Court, seasoned... Read More

Will it be strike 3 for cost estimating software in the NJ Tax Court? Stay tuned.

by: Richard De Angelis
12 Feb 2018
In a recent decision, ML Plainsboro Ltd Partnership v. Township of Plainsboro, the Presiding Judge of the New Jersey Tax Court denied a taxpayer’s motion to strike the opinion of the municipality’s appraiser who relied upon cost estimating software to determine reproduction costs as part of a cost approach analysis.   While this would appear to... Read More

Two Different Taxpayers Prove Value and Score at Trial

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Feb 2018
Two recent Tax Court valuation trials have resulted in favorable outcomes for the taxpayer.  First, in the trial of 416 Route 10 Associates v. East Hanover, plaintiff’s expert deliberately made no adjustments to his comparable leases in the expert’s income approach. Plaintiff’s expert reasoned that numerical adjustments simply led to more rigorous cross-examination so the... Read More