Frequently Asked Questions

Can my taxes go up as a result of this process?

How does the process work?

Which of my property taxes does this affect?

Is my home over-assessed? How can I find out?

Do I have the right to appeal my assessment?

What does it cost?

Can my taxes be raised as a result of this process?

I have STAR exemption, can that be affected?

Why choose Tax Reduction Professionals to handle my appeal?

Answers:


Can my taxes go up as a result of this process?

No! Absolutely not. There is no downside to this process. There are two potential outcomes of the grievance process: 1) your assessment goes down or 2) your assessment stays the same.


How does the process work?

We file all the forms, conduct a proper analysis of your property and do all of the necessary work for your appeal. We will bring your case to the local Board of Assessment Review (and court if necessary) and provide all of the evidence necessary to reduce your assessment. We do all of the work. You will never have to appear in court or attend any hearings.


Which of my property taxes does this affect?

The underlying assessment that we are challenging affects both your county and school taxes.

If you’re in Rockland and Westchester Counties, this includes your town taxes.  If you’re in an Incorporated Village, the assessment we are challenging is separate and only affects your village taxes.


Is my home over-assessed? How can I find out?

There is a very high likelihood that your property is grossly over-assessed. This stems from 2 basic factors. First, real estate values have fallen significantly over the past several years. Secondly, your town or municipality has not adjusted assessments downward to reflect this new reality. The result has been that homeowners have had to foot an ever- increasing property tax burden at the same time that their home’s values have decreased.


Do I have the right to appeal my assessment?

Yes, you do! Property owners in New York State have the right to appeal the assessment of their property in order to reduce their tax bill. By choosing to appoint the Tax Reduction Professionals as your agent in this process, you are giving yourself the best possible chance to reduce your property tax bills.


What does it cost?

You do not pay us a fee until we succeed in reducing your property tax bills. Simply put, if there is no reduction, there is no fee. Our fee is 50% of the first year’s tax savings, payable only after we provide you with official proof that the assessment has been reduced. In all subsequent years, you keep 100% of the savings. A $30 court-imposed filing fee is required only in the event that your petition needs to be filed in the Small Claims Assessment Review.


Can my taxes be raised as a result of this process?

No, your taxes cannot legally be increased as a result of challenging your assessment. Your assessment can either be decreased or remain unchanged.


I have STAR exemption, can that be affected?

No. Filing a tax protest will not affect your STAR or any other real estate tax exemptions. STAR and exemption savings continue regardless of the outcome of any tax appeal.


Why choose Tax Reduction Professionals to handle my appeal?

We have years of experience challenging assessments on behalf of homeowners in New York State. Over that time we have worked as tireless advocates for our clients and have obtained significant tax savings on behalf of most of them. Few companies can match our experience and knowledge of the tax appeals process. Most importantly, we have gained the respect of both assessors and court hearing officers who know that we are competent, honest, skilled professionals and work tirelessly on behalf of our clients.

If you have any more questions or wish to discuss the specific attributes of your property, please feel free to contact us today for a free consultation. We always look forward to speaking with our clients.