Frequently Asked Property Tax Reduction Questions & Answers

Property Tax Reduction FAQs

How can I find out if my property taxes are too high?
Ask us for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. We’ll evaluate your case, and tell you if we think you’re paying too much. Just ask us.  Top

What does your service cost?
If we agree to represent you, you pay nothing unless we succeed. Then our one-time fee is 50% of the first year’s reduction for Suffolk Town cases, plus the $30 Small Claims Assessment Review filing fee. You also pay the the cost of an appraisal, if needed.  Top

Will I have to go to hearings or court?
No. We do all the paperwork, filings, and preparation, and appear on your behalf at hearings and, if necessary, at appeals.  Top

Can the appraisal I got when I refinanced be used for my grievance?
Maybe. Appraisals for mortgage, refinance, and insurance purposes are sometimes abbreviated reports that are not acceptable. For tax reduction, a full appraisal based on exterior and interior inspection by a NYS certified appraiser is preferred.  Top

Will my reduction be retroactive?
Reductions are not retroactive for previous Tax Years. The reduction will start with the filing year and be reflected in subsequent tax bills, until your property is reassessed.  Top

What if my request is turned down?
Your property taxes will remain unchanged. There are no penalties, and you can file again next year if you choose. Top

If I get an assessment reduction, which taxes are affected?
Filing a Town tax grievance and achieving an assessment reduction lowers your school and general taxes.  Top

Will reducing my Town taxes reduce my Village taxes too?
Not automatically. You need to file separately for Village reductions, which may not be cost-effective because Village taxes are often relatively small. We normally do not file Village tax grievances.  Top

How often can I file a property tax grievance?
In Suffolk Towns, you can file every year until you win a reduction, after which you must wait a year to file again.  Top

Will filing for a reduction affect my exemptions?
Filing for a reduction will not affect STAR, Veterans, Seniors, Clergy or other real estate tax exemptions. Existing benefits will continue, and your eligibility for new benefits is not compromised.  Top

What is the penalty for filing late?
Late filing is not permitted. If you miss the deadline, which is the third Wednesday in May, you have to wait until next year to file and begin saving.  Top

How long does a tax grievance take?
In Suffolk Towns, tax grievances must be filed between the first day and the third Wednesday in May for the Tax Year beginning the following December 1. A grievance filed this May might still be pending next May, but if it succeeds, your assessment reduction will be backdated to December 1 of the filing year.  Top

Should I apply again if my grievance is still pending?
Yes, the pending grievance might not succeed, and if you don’t apply, you’ll miss the deadline and have to wait another year.  Top

Is it a good idea to sign up with several tax services?
No. Signing with more than one service has two nasty consequences. It confuses the assessment review panel deciding your case, and it obligates you to pay each service when a reduction is achieved. Obviously, some services are better than others, so choose wisely.  Top

Can I file for a property tax reduction myself?
Yes. All the relevant Real Property Tax Law, regulations, forms, ratios, deadlines and contact information are available free from the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.  Top

Where can I learn more about property tax reduction?
Check our Video, then look under Resources, where we’ve collected a variety of books, videos, and websites as well as a glossary and grievance checklist.  Top