New York's out-of-date property-tax assessment mess hurts homeowners and fuels the prevalence of shady grievance-filing firms.
The IRS extended the filing deadline for income tax returns this year, but in New York, another tax season is now in high gear: local tax grievance time.
Between now and mid-June, New York state homeowners will file for reductions in their property assessments, deluging local assessment review boards in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties with appeals — many promoted by a tax grievance industry unknown in most of the country.
The thousands of assessment challenges are part of a statewide property tax assessment mess that is at its worst in New York City’s suburban counties.
Howard Husock is an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. E. J. McMahon is the founder of and a senior fellow at the Empire Center for Public Policy. Both have served on local boards of assessment reviews. Adapted from City Journal.
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