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Commonly Asked Property Tax Questions: A property owner calls and says “I pay too many taxes on my property.” There are two things that affect the amount of real property taxes: valuation/assessment of the property and the tax rate. Basically, the property should not be assessed above its market value. The first question is, “Do…

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Should You Submit to a Breathalyzer? As a Hudson Valley DWI defense attorney, I am often asked whether one should submit to a chemical test – commonly known as a “breathalyzer”- when they have been arrested on suspicion of DWI (“Driving While Intoxicated”).  Unfortunately, there is no simple, “one-size-fits-all” answer to the question.  The answer…

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Challenging your New York State property taxes can be a complex process. The attorneys at Jacobowitz and Gubits have extensive experience in challenging real property tax assessments. Our knowledgeable Hudson Valley attorneys have challenged all types of property assessments including industrial plants, apartment complexes, strip malls, condominiums, subdivisions, farmland, and more. We can help you determine…

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HAPPY WORLD WETLANDS DAY! February 2nd is not only Groundhog Day, it is also World Wetlands Day. This is fitting since the existence of fresh water wetlands are vital for the survival of so many species, including groundhogs (and human beings, for that matter). Wetlands are land areas saturated or flooded with water, either permanently…

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Updating SEQRA: DEC Proposes to Update and Streamline the State Environmental Quality Review Regulations When the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) last revised the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), Bill Clinton was completing the last year of his first term in office, the Dallas Cowboys would shortly win…

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Trump Tax Proposals The following is an overview of President-Elect Trump’s (“Trump”) tax plan based upon the tax proposals put forth during his candidacy. Congress must approve the trump tax proposals before they become law and, thus, the final outcome of these proposals are quite likely to be different then the original plan suggested by…

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Tax saving tips: As a Partner here at Jacobowitz and Gubits in New York and also a CPA, I work with individuals, business owners, corporations, municipalities and not-for-profits who all need to stay on top of the latest changes and proposals in tax law. Here are some tax saving tips for business owners that reflect the latest tax…

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Since you are reading this blog, you probably live in or near Orange County, NY. In that case, you are ready for winter which, as we are learning as 2017 arrives, will have snow and ice. What follows is a discussion snow and ice injury liability and the rights and responsibilities of those of us…

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New Minimum Wages Come to New York Now that we have entered 2017, there are six different hourly new minimum wages in effect in New York State. The one applicable to you, as an employer or an employee, depends on the location and size of the employer. As defined by this chart from the New…

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There are many factors to contemplate when considering a divorce. Our divorce tips will help you be aware of the impact a divorce will have on you, your children, finances, taxes, insurance and property. Here are some key factors to consider before filing for divorce: Divorce Tips, #1: Consider your Options There are many ways to approach a…

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