Today is ‘Tax Grievance Day’
They say that two things are certain in life: Death and Taxes. If you feel like your property has been taxed to death then today is your day. The fourth Tuesday in May in most of New York is Tax Grievance Day.
It's the time of year when property owners can challenge tentative assessment rolls and plead your case about your property. If you think that you are paying too much in property taxes because the value of your property was assessed to high, here's your chance to get it reassessed.
Last year, Tom Golisano challenged his tax assessment, saying that hundreds of Canada Geese had decreased the value of his lakefront home. He withheld his taxes on his home because town officials hadn't helped him with his geese problem.
Have you run into the same kind of problem? Golisano may be able to help you out too. He has a website called, "Tax My Property Fairly" to help people fight for fair assessments.
New York's Department of Taxation and Finance also provides advice on contesting an assessment, go here to find out more. Happy Tax Grievance Day...who would have thought that "happy" and "tax" would go together.