Amityville, NY – In an effort to ensure that residents are aware of their right to challenge their property tax assessment, Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory recently partnered with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to present a pair of informational forums on the property tax grievance process.These forums, which were held on April 20 in Wyandanch and on April 25 in Amityville, featured a presentation by John Wolham of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s office of Real Property Tax Services. The presentation focused on breaking down the steps by which residents can challenge the assessed value of their homes into an easy-to-understand, manageable process.
The Office of Real Property Tax Services, a division within the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, oversees local assessment administration and works directly with county and municipal officials to improve the fairness of property assessments.
In New York State, any person who pays property taxes can grieve their tax assessment. There is no cost to grieve an assessment and it does not require you to hire a lawyer. For more information on the property tax grievance procedure, residents may contact the Town of Babylon Accessor’s office at 631-957-3014; visit the Department of Assessment’s section of the Town of Babylon’s website, www.townofbabylon.com/index.aspx?nid=133; or visit the NYS Dept. of Taxation and Finance, www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/contest/grievproced.htm.
Caption for Photo: Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory is joined by members of the New York Department of Taxation and Finance’s Office of Real Property Tax Services at his Property Tax Grievance Info Session on Wednesday, April 25 at the Amityville Public Library.