10:50 AM 02/19/2013
Does anyone know which forms have to be filled out for the appeal of a small, rental building? So far I've done TC101 & TC 201 but it looks as if there should be at least one other - & prior to those 2. I can't find any that refer to buildings worth less than $750,00. & not condo. I've spent hours looking on line & 311 phone isn't answering.
You will be much better off consulting an attorney practicing Tax Certiorari than filing this yourself. The reasons will become obvious once you consult, if not obvious already. But if you want forms, they're available here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/taxcom...
12:47 PM 02/19/2013 | 0 Votes
Thanks, Vinca. I have a lawyer friend helping who used to work for Corp. Council of NY. But I'm trying to keep the burden on him a little lighter. Several people have told me they've lost even w/ the help of an atty so I figure my chances are even w/o one. I have compelling arguments.
1:41 PM 02/19/2013 | 0 Votes
I am curious to know what arguments readers who have been successful in getting their taxes reduced have used? I know the following don't work:
"my neighbor pays X, I pay 2X and its not fair"
"I only paid $100 to do that work, you think it added $500 in value but that cant be"
"the guy down the street sold for half of what you are valuing my house for"
Short of pointing out mis-classification or other clerical errors, are there strategies which have a shot? I think my taxes are crazy, but I see where NYC simply applied the rules to come up with the number. I would really like to hear from people who got this done.
3:32 PM 02/19/2013 | 0 Votes
housepoor - The Tax Comm site specifically says in several places that those are not valid reasons. Go to the site Vinca posted above & download a few of the forms that look relevant & particularly read the instructions associated w/ each.
3:35 PM 02/19/2013 | 0 Votes
Ive tried several times to get our co-op's taxes lowered without success, but I was able to reduce the taxes for a small store by attending one of those open houses held by the Department of Finance. I said that the rate jumped quite a bit and that the rent I could charge wouldn't cover the tax and wondered if their information was correct. They reduced my annual bill from around $8,500 to $4,800.
1:05 PM 02/20/2013 | 0 Votes
Does anyone know about how much it would cost to consult a Tax Certiori attorney? We don't have much money becuase we're paying it all in taxes.........
1:09 PM 02/20/2013 | 0 Votes
elbow - That's precisely the kind of issue I have. Did you fill out forms or were you able to do it at the open house? Someone recommended a law firm to me (I haven't tried them yet) & they probably do free estimate:
1:17 PM 02/20/2013 | 0 Votes
I went to the open house with the forms filled out and the google picture and another picture of my store. They gave me a number to put in for the building's value, which I used. They seemed ready to help me fill out the forms. Then I had to mail it in.
I was so relieved at the lower tax bill and they applied it retroactively for a year!
4:01 PM 02/20/2013 | 0 Votes
That's very heartening, elbow. I think I've missed this year's open houses but I'll see if maybe I can get a direct appt.
4:14 PM 02/20/2013 | 0 Votes
It's a small building as far as rentals go (massive in size but way underutilized which is part of the protest: it'd be nigh impossible to bring it up to code for greater use - it was fine when the owner was using it for woodworking, etc. but he had a stroke & can't do it any more) - 2 rental apt.s & one office. I have filed RPIE for many years.
5:08 PM 02/21/2013 | 0 Votes