Tax Appeals

1.     Should I appeal before I list?

Every property is different. We must run the calculation before advising you to appeal before you list. There are many factors that we must consider such as timing, market, your home’s value, tax ratio etc. Sometimes you can appeal while your home is listed.


2.     Should I appeal after I purchase?

Yes. You can absolutely appeal after you purchase your home. Similar factors must be taken into consideration as above….timing, market value(in this case it would be your purchase price), tax ratio etc.


3. How are taxes calculated? What is a DDR?    

Taxes are calculated based on the District Director’s Ratio(DDR), Market Value and Rate(dollar amount you are paying per one hundred dollar). The DDR rate is an Equalization formula taking the “Market” value and the “Assessed” value into consideration. You can find out what your town’s DDR rate is at  and click under “taxation” tab,  then “ratio” tab, then click on the current year. The Market Value of your property and the Assessed Value have different meanings and purpose.  The Assessed Value is used to compute your tax bill. Your “Assessed” value is subject to change in certain instances, for example when you have major renovations or if a town goes through a “re-assessment”. The Market value is what a buyer is willing to pay for your home.


4.  Do I need to hire an attorney?   

You do not need to hire an attorney nor do you need to hire an appraiser. You can file a tax appeal as a homeowner. You can file every year if you’d like. Just make sure you arm yourself with STRONG COMPS! There are however benefits of hiring an attorney such as the amount of research the appeal process takes and the representation you have at the hearing. You have to know what to say and most importantly, what NOT to say.


Tax Appeal Consultations Are ALWAYS Complimentary.

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Recommended Tax Appeal Attorney

Maria Cozzini 


Law Office of Maria R. Cozzini, LLC.

P: (908) 232-2414  F: (908) 228-7555


1199 US Route 22 EastMountainside, NJ 07092