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You’re Entitled To A Fair Assessment An absolute rule for real property assessment is that it must be fair and equitable. What does that mean? Simply, it means you should be assessed only at the fair market value of your property. Equitable means that you should not be assessed more than similar properties in your…

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STAR WARS Changes to the Administration of the Enhanced STAR exemption draws criticism from the New York State Assessors’ Association. Without input from the New York State Assessors’ Association, Governor Cuomo’s 2018 budget made it mandatory to register on-line with New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, not your local assessor, to file the application…

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TRUMP ISN’T THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN SUE OVER HIS TAX PROPERTY BILL The Associated Press recently reported that the President of the United State sued the Palm Beach Tax Appraiser saying his Mar-a-Largo golf course was actually worth much less than its assessment. His lawyers argue that the nearly $400,000 property tax bill is…

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YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH SALT The new federal tax bill signed into law last month will affect New York State particularly hard. Governor Cuomo and New York law makers are searching for ways to mitigate the effect on tax payers. The new tax bill places a cap on the state and local tax (SALT)…

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Senior Citizens Property Tax Exemption Are you 65 or older, own your home and earn less than $29,000 per year? Then you may qualify for a partial exemption in your New York State property taxes. To qualify for the Senior Citizens’ Exemption, all co-owners of the property must be 65 years or older. However, if…

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Did You Grieve Your Property Taxes and Lose?  Here’s What You Need to Know to Appeal Did you file a Real Property Tax Grievance complaint to contest your taxes in May? The Board of Assessment Review (BAR) for each Hudson Valley municipality will be sending out their determination of your grievance complaint throughout the month…

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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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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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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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Nothing Stays the Same A historical safe harbor has been doing business using a corporate or limited liability entity.  Officers and employees were protected against claims for their actions as long as they were acting within the scope of their authority in the performance of activities on behalf of the company.  Another safe harbor was…

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