BLOG: Property Tax Appeal

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

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

The App. Div. Says: “No Veteran’s Exemption Upon Remarriage”

by: Allan Zhang
29 May 2019
The Appellate Division reversed the Tax Court’s judgment conferring a military veteran’s exemption for tax year 2016 as the surviving spouse of her first husband (an honorably discharged, decorated Vietnam veteran who qualified for an exemption) who remarried. The spouse’s exemption qualifies only during widowhood related to the death of the qualifying husband. This right... Read More

Property Tax: Does “Mere Retrofitting or Upgrading” Trigger an Added Assessment?

by: Allan Zhang
28 Mar 2019
Judge Vito Bianco, pursuant to R. 2:5-6(c), filed an amplification letter expanding on his reasons for deciding to grant plaintiff, Plaza Twenty Three Station, LLC’s (“Plaza”) motion for summary judgment for tax year 2017 and denied its motion for summary judgment for tax year 2018. Plaza’s motion was to invalidate a 2017 added assessment imposed... Read More

App. Div. To Condemnors: Is This Really Necessary?

by: Allan Zhang
21 Feb 2019
A recent New Jersey Appellate Division case focused upon the showing of necessity that a municipality or agency must make to condemn property located in a redevelopment zone and take it from its owners. The panel reversed the trial court’s decision allowing the Borough of Glassboro (“Borough”) to acquire Defendant’s (Jack Grossman, Matthew Roche and... Read More

Specificity is Key When Comparing Hotels

by: Allan Zhang
14 Feb 2019
In this matter, Ridgefield Park Lodging Associates (“RPLA”) challenged its 2009 added assessment and 2010 and 2011 property tax assessments. The subject property is improved with a 76,858 square foot Hilton Garden Inn hotel. The Village of Ridgefield Park (“VRP”) counterclaimed that the current assessments were lower than the true value of property. RPLA withdrew... Read More

Which (Valuation Method) Do You Choose?

by: Allan Zhang
17 Jan 2019
In a January 11 decision, the New Jersey Tax Court affirmed taxpayer Ortiz’s property tax assessment for years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Ortiz challenged the assessment of their 2-story colonial-style, single family residence situated on .91 acre of land with a gross living area of approximately 10,346 square feet with an attached accessory dwelling... Read More

The Freeze Act: Waiver and Change in Value

by: Allan Zhang
2 Jan 2019
The Tax Court recently addressed issues regarding waiver of the Freeze Act (N.J.S.A. 54:51A-8) as well as differences between an increase in value for Freeze Act purposes and what constitutes an added assessment.  The taxpayer, 160 Chubb Properties, LLC (“Chubb”), argued it was entitled to Freeze Act application for the 2017 tax year while Township... Read More

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