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New Jersey Tax Appeal Laws Changed
February 4th, 2010 11:44 AM

On January 16, 2010 (a Saturday outside the typical “news cycle”) former New Jersey Governor John Corsine quietly signed a piece of legislation that effectively makes it much more difficult for many property owners to appeal their property taxes. Amidst the din and clamor of hot button topics like New Jersey’s legalization of gay marriage and medical marijuana, Corsine modified the powers granted to tax assessors, while also raising the jurisdictional limit to $1,000,000 for filing a direct appeal to the Tax Court. The prior limit was $750,000.

This change was effective, immediately, and just days before New Jersey residents were to receive their annual Notice of Property Tax Assessment.

The Coyle Group - NJ This means that if a property is assessed at more than $1,000,000 the property owner has the right to file an assessment appeal directly with the Tax Court. If a property is assessed at $1,000,000 or less, the property owner must appeal at the county level, with the Board of Taxation. 

 Filing a tax assessment appeal in New Jersey can be a complex undertaking.  The rules for filing with your local Board of Taxation versus with the Tax Court vary widely and do not always offer a level playing field for the property owner.  It is always wise to research the process thoroughly and to consult with an attorney who has successfully appealed assessments in your community. It is just as important to retain a qualified licensed and/or certified real estate appraiser, who is not only familiar with the appeal process but who is very familiar with your local real estate market.


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Posted by Michael Coyle on February 4th, 2010 11:44 AMPost a Comment

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