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Filing Your Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Petition

  • 2014 Nassau County SCAR Petitions may only be filed April 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014. 
  • The County Clerk’s Office is not responsible for the assessment of your home.
  • Please have all petition forms completed before coming to the County Clerk’s Office to file them.
  • We apologize for any inconvenience however, we are unable to assist with the completion of the petition.

SCAR Petition Filing Information

Homeowners who had their tax grievances denied by the Assessment Review Commission may file an appeal in the County Clerk’s Office. This appeal, called a Small Claims Assessment Review Petition (SCAR Petition), allows for a homeowner who has had an original grievance denied to file a court case challenging the assessment.  The 2014 filing period begins on April 1, 2014.

SCAR Petitions are available at the County Clerk’s Office or on the County Clerk’s website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Clerk/Docs/PDF/2007SCAR_Petition.pdf. You may complete the petition yourself, or have a representative do it for you. The petition should include supporting statements, records and other relevant information.

The completed petition must be accompanied by a $30.00 filing fee payable  by cash, credit cards* (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) check, or money order to the “Nassau County Clerk.” Be sure to write your name, address, and phone number on the check and present valid photo identification upon filing in person.

*nominal convenience fee for credit cards apply

Once your petition is complete, present the original petition and one copy to the County Clerk’s Division of Court Records (Room 108) for filing, where it will be assigned an AR Index Number. The AR number, which is located on the receipt next to “REF #”, is recorded on the filed petition and is your proof of payment. 

If you cannot file your petition in person, you may mail it, but it must be postmarked by the last day of the filing period. The 2014 deadline for filing is April 30, 2014.  Failure to file on time will result in a dismissal of your claim.  Submit your completed original petition and one copy, along with the $30.00 filing fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive your receipt and AR Index Number for the petition to:

Nassau County Clerk
240 Old Country Road
Room 108
Mineola, New York 11501

After you have filed with the County Clerk’s Office and received an AR number, serve the document to the County Assessor, your school district, and your incorporated village, if applicable.  Please note that normally the Nassau County Treasurer would be served a copy, however the Treasurer has waived service. Write the AR number on all copies before serving.  After filing, the Clerk’s Office forwards the petitions to Supreme Court.

It is important to note that the County Clerk’s Office is not involved in scheduling the hearing or providing you with the decision. To check on the status of your case, contact Supreme Court at (516) 493-3130.  After your hearing, a copy of the decision will be sent to you or your representative directly from Supreme Court.

Serving Your SCAR Petition

When challenging your property taxes by Small Claims Assessment Review Petition, first file the petition with the County Clerk’s Office.  Be sure to prepare necessary copies of the SCAR petition prior to filing.  Once filed clearly write the AR number on each copy and serve them as follows:

Nassau County Clerk

  • The original petition
  • One copy

Nassau County Treasurer*

  • Serve one copy.  The County Treasurer is located at 1 West St, Mineola.  *Please note the Treasurer has waived service

Nassau County Assessor

  • Serve one copy.  The County Assessor is located at 240 Old Country Rd, Mineola, on the 4th floor.

Your School District

  • Send one copy to your school district.

Your Incorporated Village

  • Send one copy to your incorporated village, if applicable.

Your Records

  • Retain one copy for your personal records