January 26, 2017 – Mineola, NY –Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos has posted a Property Tax Appeals tutorial video to help residents file property tax appeals. The tutorial is a friendly, step-by-step, e-filing instructional video for residents wishing to appeal their residential property taxes. Alternatively, one can print and mail in a completed form to register an appeal with the Assessment Review Commission. Filing an appeal is easy and there is no need to hire someone and pay fees. The last day to file an appeal is March 1, 2017.
“The Nassau County Property Tax Assessment System has been broken and is usually unfair to residents who do not file annual appeals,” said George Maragos. “Until the system is fixed and fair, it is highly recommended that all residents file appeals to ensure that they are treated fairly, and do not pay higher taxes than their neighbors. This video is intended to supplement other efforts by public officials in helping residents file appeals.”
Every year thousands of county residents file appeals, believing that their property assessment is too high. Many homeowners do succeed in reducing their property taxes. Unfortunately, those homeowners who do not file an appeal may see an increase in their property taxes even if their assessed property values have not changed. This is because the tax burden is being shifted from those who file appeals to those who do not. Over 60% of Nassau County residents annually miss out on the opportunity to appeal their property tax assessment, and end up paying higher taxes. This may sound unfair, but it is a reality because the Tax Assessment System has remained broken for years.
The video was created by the Comptroller’s office staff to encourage Nassau County residents to file a tax appeal in order to ensure fair tax treatment, without the need of a paid professional service. The Comptroller’s video can be found at https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/4320/Video-Media.
Should you require additional assistance, please contact your local legislator. You may also refer to the County online system at https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/1510/Assessment-Review-Commission
The Tax Grievance Appeal time-window for 2018-2019 assessment began on January 2, 2017, and will end on March 1, 2017.