What happens when the tax assessor mails a Chapter 91 request to the address maintained on the assessor’s public records, but the request is returned “unclaimed”? Is the assessor required to conduct any type of investigation to determine if the address is correct, or can the tax assessor rely solely on his or her records?… Continue Reading
In our July 23, 2015 blog, “Tax Appeals: The Silent Killer,” we suggested that property owners return their Chapter 91 response by certified mail or some other method that generates a receipt. The basis for this suggestion is several tax court decisions, including the case discussed in my December 5, 2011 blog and the recent… Continue Reading
When valuing industrial, commercial or retail real estate, New Jersey tax assessors are required to value the “unencumbered fee simple interest” of the real estate. This concept often confuses property owners who capitalize the existing leases to show a property is overassessed. In layman terms, what does this all mean? The cornerstone of New Jersey’s real… Continue Reading
In a recent New Jersey Tax Court decision, Methode Electronics, Inc. v. Twp. Of Willingboro, the court ruled that the assessment of a contaminated piece of property, which was not developable and could not be developed in the foreseeable future, should be reduced to a nominal valuation. Methode involved an industrial property where printed circuit… Continue Reading
It is crucial for owners and other taxpayers of commercial, industrial, retail and other income producing properties to be on the lookout for the “Silent Killer” of tax appeals, commonly known as Chapter 91 requests. New Jersey law permits a municipality to request income and expense statements from owners of income producing properties on an… Continue Reading
Recently, the New Jersey Tax Court had an opportunity to review the issue of whether site improvements on vacant lots are subject to assessment by the local tax assessor.
Recently, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey affirmed a Tax Court decision which enforced a settlement and determined the amount of interest to be paid on the refund after a successful tax appeal. This blog will focus on the portion of the decision that discusses the interest component of the refund.
I previously wrote a blog discussing a case where the New Jersey Tax Court found that a contract purchaser who did not own the property on date the tax appeal was filed (March 29, 2012) did not have standing to file a tax appeal. As a result, the Tax Court dismissed the appeal. On July 3, 2013, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey reversed the Tax Court and held that the contract purchaser had standing to file the appeal and is entitled to proceed towards trial.
Marshall T. Kizner from Stark & Stark’s Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Group authored the article, Commercial Property Taxes: Is Your Business Paying More Than Its Fair Share?, published on March 20, 2013 in US1 Newspaper.
Like most areas of the law, court decisions and new legislation impact the rights of property owners as they navigate the tax appeal system. Among the more notable changes that occurred in the later part of 2012 which will have an impact on tax appeals filed for 2013 are the following: