April 1st Deadline – Tips on how to prepare for Tax appeals
In some municipalities, you must submit your tax appeals by April 1st. Checking this link will provide you with more information on Important 2019 New Jersey Property Tax Appeal Deadlines you should be aware of.
Earlier we posted an article about tips and recommendations when filing a tax appeal. In New Jersey depending upon which county you reside in, the due dates for a tax appeal will vary. Some counties like Monmouth County the filing date is January 15th and in the other counties are April 1st. Before you decide to file a tax appeal find out which date is correct for your county. In counties where there is a municipal-wide reassessment has been performed the deadline is May 1st.
The first step you should do is meet with your local tax assessor and discuss the property record card. Make sure all the information on it is correct.
If you are not satisfied with your local municipalities assessment, then you need to begin the process of filing a tax appeal. You will have to provide to the tax board reasons you believe your property is over-assessed. You will have to supply closed sales that are similar to your property. An example would be the size of and the number of rooms, land features and property amenities.
Do not let this keep you from reaching out to your local tax assessor any time during the tax year. Before filing a tax appeal, we can accurately evaluate and discuss your tax assessment.
Some people hire real estate appraisers such as Coast Appraisers and Consultants to prepare a property appraisal. In some extreme cases, people hire firms specializing in tax appeals and attorneys.
Remember that in your county with revised calendars the reassessment date may be different. Some are January 15th while the other is April 1st, so check with your municipality.