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US Supreme Court Invalidates Tax Lien Foreclosures

2023-05-31T00:10:53+00:00

It is not common these days for the Supreme Court to come to a unanimous decision on anything, especially when over-ruling precedent that has been established for decades. Yet that's what the Supreme Court just did on May 25, 2023 in Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota, et al.  And it's probably a good thing. Until now, New Jersey had been one of just 13 states which allows a tax lien foreclosure to take a property from a tax debtor to satisfy the tax lien. But in selling the property, the foreclosing entity was allowed to keep all the proceeds of the tax [...]

US Supreme Court Invalidates Tax Lien Foreclosures2023-05-31T00:10:53+00:00

2020 Tax Appeal Filing Deadline Extended Due to Coronavirus. Deadline is Now 30 Days After the End of the State

2022-09-21T22:30:54+00:00

The Courts have extended the tax appeal filing deadline until either May 1, or 30 days after the Governor ends the state of emergency due to Coronavirus, whichever is later. A copy of the order is attached for your reference.

2020 Tax Appeal Filing Deadline Extended Due to Coronavirus. Deadline is Now 30 Days After the End of the State2022-09-21T22:30:54+00:00

Bayonne Reval – Some Surprising Early Observations

2022-09-21T22:30:54+00:00

Last month there was an article in NJ.com stating that the revaluation is resulting in a reduction of taxes for 60% of property owners in Bayonne. 35% have an increase This was surprising for some who expected it to be about 1/3 who get a benefit and 1/3 who get an increase. Since then, I have noticed some other interesting trends as well. Now, valuing property is art not science, and there is a range of possible values for any given property. It is not unusual for a revaluation company to give commercial properties a higher valuation than the residential. [...]

Bayonne Reval – Some Surprising Early Observations2022-09-21T22:30:54+00:00

Bayonne Revaluation – Some Helpful Tips and Why You Might Still Be Over-Assessed Even If Your Taxes Went Down

2022-09-21T22:30:54+00:00

It is still early days, but we have noticed a few patterns already in the Bayonne revaluation. And there are a few tricks that you can use to help ensure your taxes stay as low as possible. For example: - Make sure you let the inspectors in! This ensures you get a fair assessment to begin with. If the inspectors were unable to get in the first time, call ASI now and ask them to send an inspector back. Why? State law allows the assessor to make assumptions if you don't let them in, and their assumption will be that [...]

Bayonne Revaluation – Some Helpful Tips and Why You Might Still Be Over-Assessed Even If Your Taxes Went Down2022-09-21T22:30:54+00:00

Bayonne’s Revaluation – Download the UNLOCKED Assessments File Here

2022-09-21T22:30:54+00:00

We recently received the revaluation assessments from the revaluation company ASI. They put the new assessments on their website in a downloadable Excel file. However unlike in their 2018 Jersey City revaluation, ASI has locked the excel file with a password so it is read-only. There is no reason for the City to lock or otherwise make this public information difficult to access! I have therefore extracted the data for the public and it is attached to this blog post, without any passwords required. Be aware this is the most up to date assessment data as of February 27, 2020 [...]

Bayonne’s Revaluation – Download the UNLOCKED Assessments File Here2022-09-21T22:30:54+00:00

Latest Jersey City Revaluation Update

2022-09-21T22:31:10+00:00

The reval has been, as expected, politically tenuous for the Mayor of Jersey City. Many residents of the City, mostly in brownstones and other older construction in the downtown neighborhoods, have received sharply higher tax bills due to the reval. Most of them were not planning for the increase, but most of them I have also noticed, were actually under-assessed. It appears, at least anectodaly, that other parts of town are slightly over-assessed to compensate. Disclaimer, I have no actual evidence of this and am purely speculating here. But it is not unheard of for revals to benefit or disadvantage [...]

Latest Jersey City Revaluation Update2022-09-21T22:31:10+00:00

Interesting article about the Maplewood reval, same company as the one handling Jersey City’s own upcoming revaluation

2022-09-21T22:31:10+00:00

This article touches on several of the issues that effect my client's property taxes. These poor homeowners did not realize when they bought their house that their taxes would go way up due to renovations by the previous owners that did not show up in the tax bill until months after closing. It is so important that any attorney handling closings for clients in New Jersey have a firm grasp on the basics of municipal taxation! But compounding the problem was that the reval company and tax assessor for the town apparently failed to correct (or at least verify) possible [...]

Interesting article about the Maplewood reval, same company as the one handling Jersey City’s own upcoming revaluation2022-09-21T22:31:10+00:00

As predicted, probable delays in Jersey City Reval

2022-09-21T22:31:10+00:00

Yes the reval was ordered by the state to be effective for the 2018 tax year. A revaluation is a huge process in a City as large and diverse as Jersey City, and furthermore no politician likes a reval so there is rarely any incentive to speed it up (rather the incentive is usually to delay). ​Furthermore, though the City was ordered to hire a company to perform the revaluation by July 17, 2016 it did not actually retain an expert until September 14, 2016. For this reason and some others I was doubtful that the reval would be completed [...]

As predicted, probable delays in Jersey City Reval2022-09-21T22:31:10+00:00

In Bayonne, a $15 million budget shortfall leaves Mayor Davis with just 2 months to fix the 2016 budget. Taxes are going up again.

2022-09-21T22:31:10+00:00

Just a month ago the proposed 2016 budget was done. It would have been the second year that the Davis administration managed to plug the hole in the dyke that is the City of Bayonne's operating budget, with "just" a 2.64% tax increase. Every year, the City of Bayonne spends about $20 million dollars more than it takes in from property-taxes. That money must come from somewhere, and the City can't bond for it. A few weeks ago it appears real estate developer Kate Howard, LTD's deposit payment didn't come through for their proposed military ocean terminal development. It would [...]

In Bayonne, a $15 million budget shortfall leaves Mayor Davis with just 2 months to fix the 2016 budget. Taxes are going up again.2022-09-21T22:31:10+00:00

The Reval in Bayonne

2022-09-21T22:31:10+00:00

In other news the Hudson County Tax Board has now ordered the City of Bayonne to complete a revaluation by 2019. Mayor Jimmy Davis of Bayonne is very upset. This was done upon a complaint filed by Peter Cresci, Esq. on behalf of resident taxpayer Pat Desmond. Both of these gentlemen were former supporters of Mayor Davis but are now anti-Davis political agitators, and both have been in the news recently for other reasons (click on their names for to follow the link). Mayor "Jimmy" Davis of Bayonne Besides the ordinary political reasons to oppose a revaluation, [...]

The Reval in Bayonne2022-09-21T22:31:10+00:00
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