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Department of Taxation and Finance

Deadline Approaches to Challenge Property Assessments Grievance Day is May 22 in most communities statewide

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The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded property owners—homeowners and businesses—that the deadline to challenge their property assessment is the fourth Tuesday in May in most communities.

That day, May 22 this year, is known as “Grievance Day.”
Tentative assessment rolls, which list the assessed value of each property, are generally made public in the beginning of May. You can access the rolls on your town’s or city’s website, or by visiting your local assessor’s office.

“Take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that the market value determined for your property is fair and accurate,” said Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion. “If you wait until your tax bill arrives, it’s too late to challenge the value assigned to your property or to ensure that you’re receiving all the exemptions you deserve.”

If you believe the market value listed on the assessment roll for your property is significantly higher than the price for which you can sell the property, visit Contest your assessment on the Tax Department's website.

Your local Board of Assessment Review will review your case based on the information you provide. When filing for assessment review, you must provide a market value estimate of your property. You can support that estimate with documentation about the sale of comparable homes or properties in your community. A recent appraisal can be helpful, but isn’t necessary. The Tax Department’s website also includes information on how to estimate the market value of your home.

Property tax exemptions on the assessment roll

Assessment rolls also list the property tax exemptions each property receives. If you applied for an exemption that you’re eligible to receive and it doesn’t appear on the assessment roll, you can use the grievance process to appeal to the local Board of Assessment Review.

Dates vary

While Grievance Day is the fourth Tuesday in May in most communities, the date does vary. Confirm the date with your assessor. You can find assessor contact information in the Tax Department’s Municipal Profiles application. Search for or browse to your city or town, and then select Local Officials Addresses.

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