How to Dispute How Much You’re Paying in Taxes in New York State
Do you think that you are paying too much for your property taxes in New York State? Have you found that your neighbor has more property and more 'house' than you and that they are paying less for their property taxes?
Is there anything you can do about it? Or are you stuck paying more, regardless of what you think is the 'right' amount you should be paying?
What can you do when you find out you're paying more in taxes that your neighbor or you think your property is assessed at too much?
How do you find out if you are assessed a fair amount? That is the first step in the process. Find that out by checking the tax rolls for your town. When you are doing that, also find out what is the level of assessment for your town. This info can be found online and also by going to your town hall.
Find out how much your house is worth in New York State
You can find out how much your house is worth by asking a real estate agent for current sale prices. Then you can also (at your expense) pay for a professional assessment. Then if these things prove that you are assessed too high, you can then go to grievance day.
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When is Grievance Day in New York State and how to get in on it?
Grievance Day can vary, but it is usually the fourth Tuesday in May. The best way to find out when your town's Grievance Day is is to start with your town hall. They can also give you the form to fill out. According to NYS, the form is called an RP-524. Start with this process, if you don't get the adjustment that you believe you are entitled to, talk to the Town Hall about going through the judicial process to grieve the amount you are paying.