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The New Jersey Legislature has just passed a statute that changes the filing deadline relating to property tax appeals for property owners in towns that have initiated a revaluation or reassessment. Under this statute (NJ 54:3-21), the traditional filing deadline of April 1 becomes May 1 in the event of a revaluation or reassessment. For all other situations, the property tax appeal filing deadline remains April 1.

Taxpayers need to confirm that this filing deadline change applies to them by obtaining confirmation through the local county board of taxation. The local county board of taxation will confirm whether an approved revaluation or reassessment has been conducted. This change in the law allows taxpayers time to determine whether the new property assessments are fair and equitable and provides time for taxpayers to prepare for the filing of a tax appeal. Under current economic conditions, this change in the law should be welcomed by all taxpayers.

John Garippa is senior partner of the law firm of Garippa, Lotz & Giannuario with offices in Montclair and Philadelphia. Mr. Garippa is also the president of the American Property Tax Counsel, the national affiliation of property tax attorneys. He can be reached at [email protected].

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