Suffolk County Property Tax Grievance

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Suffolk County Property Tax Grievance Information

Suffolk County Property Tax Filing Deadline – May 22, 2020

Any person who pays property taxes can grieve an assessment, including:

  • property owners

  • contract vendees

  • tenants who are required to pay all of the property taxes pursuant to a lease or written agreement

If you miss the deadline for filing of the grievance, you cannot file for that year.  We can help you to determine if you have any open prior tax years. If so, we can take over those tax years and negotiate them along with the current year for a tax refund.  You must file by the deadline or you lose your chance to save money! NOT challenging your taxes can cost you thousands of dollars lost a year.

There is no upfront fee to grieve your taxes through Realty Tax Challenge (“RTC”). Once we have obtained a successful reduction, our fee is taken out of your return so there is nothing to lose:

  • Property tax rates in New York especially in Suffolk and Nassau counties are some of the highest in the nation!

  • Your taxes can never go up as a result of the filing of a grievance. It is actually against New York State law for taxes to be raised due to a grievance filing.

  • It is always worth it to have RTC professionally grieve your Suffolk County property taxes. We don’t make any money unless we obtain a reduction so we will make sure you get the best reduction possible!

  • We handle the full process for you – from filing the initial application, submission of all supporting documents and any required appearances before the Town’s Board of Assessment Review (“BOAR”).

  • Even if you have been denied previously, it has no impact on a new grievance application. Comparable values change each and every year, so you should file an appeal annually.

Speak With a Tax Assessment Consultant Today

Call us at 914-348-9473
We can answer any questions you have, and get you started on the tax grievance process right away!

If you own commercial property in New York State, you are eligible for formal review of your assessment. Commercial properties include office buildings, hotels, malls and department stores, supermarkets, Big Box stores, retirement and senior living communities, hospitals, storage facilities, golf clubs, country clubs, movie theaters, recreational facilities and more.

Realty Tax Challenge will review your property to determine  the value of your real estate portfolio, walk you through the commercial real estate grievance filing process, and keep you updated every step of the way.

  • Step 1: Find out what the assessor’s estimate of the market value of your property is by going here:

  • Check your assessment every year prior to Grievance Day (which is usually the 3rd Tuesday in May but be sure to confirm the date with your local assessor).

  • Step 2: Let RTC, experts at understanding real property values in Suffolk County with over 25 years of local commercial real estate experience, obtain the highest reductions for you.

  • Step 3: After our evaluation of your properties, if it appears that you are over-assessed, our office shall submit a grievance application on your behalf and begin the process of reducing your taxes. Assessors do not determine your property taxes, they can only assist with helping to assess the value of your property. If you find that your property’s actual value is lower than the assessed value that the town or municipality has given you, you will need to go before the assessor and the assessment review commission. You file your grievance (on the Grievance Day) and try to get a reduction based on that filing. If that is denied, your remedy for that is to file an Article 7 petition, which needs to be filed within 30 days after the final roll is published.

Filing a grievance and challenging your property tax assessment is a process called tax certiorari. There are two levels of formal review:

  • Administrative review – the “grievance” process is conducted at the municipal level with the Town Assessor and Board of Assessment Review

  • Judicial review – the “petition” is a legal pleading filed with Suffolk County Supreme Court – in order to pursue judicial review, you must first go through the administrative review process.

When you work with Realty Tax Challenge, we will guide you through the complete process. After providing the initial set of basic details, you can just relax and wait for us to update you on the status of your application. Once we have successfully obtained your Suffolk County commercial property tax reduction, we work to obtain the refund of the overpaid taxes and ensure that the property tax bills are correct.

Grievance Day is the deadline for submitting Form RP-524 and the day that the BOAR meets to hear complaints. In Suffolk County – Town’s  BOAR meet on the third Tuesday in May.

We handle the filing of tax grievances on behalf of businesses and corporations throughout Suffolk County, including the Towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Huntington, Islip, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Smithtown, South Hampton, and Southold.

Ready to get started?

If you’re ready to get started, give us a call today at 914-348-9473 or fill out this form to begin the process.

Phone: 914-348-9473
Fax: 631-393-2837
10 Hub Dr # 5
Melville, NY 11747