Articles & Press Releases

October 07, 2016

DAF Law Drives up Tax Rates

Here is a simplified explanation of the special legislation driving your extraordinary 2016/17 real estate tax increases daf-charge-powerpoint-disputed-assessment-fund-00155818xc3f8c

August 16, 2016

Revocation of Real Estate Tax Exemption for the Tax Exempt

Recently, the revocation of exemption from real property tax for certain non-profit organizations has become a topic of much debate in courtrooms and legislatures alike. New York is moving towards a more restrictive application of the real property tax exemption statutes. New York has two statutes that govern the exemption of real property from taxation—New York Real Property Tax Law § 420-a (mandatory exemption) and New York Real Property Tax Law § 420-b (permissive exemption).  In 2015, the Court of Appeals comprehensively examined section 420-a in Greater Jamaica Dev. Corp. v. New York City Tax… Read more »

February 02, 2016

Unconstitutional Selective Reassessments

We have been faced with issues of potential unconstitutional selective reassessments a great deal lately. Unconstitutional selective reassessment occurs when an assessing jurisdiction illegally increases the assessment on a property or changes the classification of a property without increasing the assessment or reclassifying all other similarly situated properties. For example, a commercial property owner may notice an increase in the property’s assessment after purchasing the property. This may be a result of the municipality increasing the assessment to the sale price. In general, in New York, “[a]ll real property in each assessing unit shall be… Read more »