1) Download and print 'Form RP-524' the official tax grievance form used for Suffolk County (click the link below).
2) Fill out the grievance form.
3) Get a certified real estate appraisal of your home (optional, but strongly recommended).
4) Submit your completed grievance form and appraisal report to your Town before the deadline of May 20th, 2014.
If you think you're overassessed and want to do something about it, you can either...
a) hire a tax grievance company to work on your behalf and pay them at least 50% of what they save you, or
b) file the grievance yourself and keep every penny of your property tax savings.
Tough decision, right? Not really.
You might think that tax grievance companies have some special knowledge or some insider connections
that give them a better chance of winning your grievance than if you did it yourself.
But that couldn't be further from the truth. They fill out the same paperwork as you and submit it to the
Town in exactly the same way as you would.
Their one and only secret weapon? They submit an official real estate appraisal report along with the
grievance form, that's it - that's the only advantage they have over you.
An appraisal only costs a few hundred dollars, so why give them half of your savings, which is likely to be
many times the cost of an appraisal that you can get for yourself?
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Queens Village, NY
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Floral Park, NY
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