Tax Appeal Attorney New Jersey NJ
Douglas M. Standriff, Esq., NJ Tax Appeal Attorney
New Jersey Supreme Court
Certified Civil Trial Attorney
Doug Standriff, Esq., NJ Tax Appeal Attorney
25 E. Spring Valley Ave.
Suite 330
Maywood, NJ 07607
   phone 201-445-4555
Doug Standriff, Esq., New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Attorney
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New Jersey Property Tax Appeals using New Jersey Certified Civil Trial Attorney

From my Maywood office, conveniently located in the heart of Bergen County, I concentrate my practice in two areas: PROPERTY TAX APPEALS, particularly in Bergen County, Passaic County, Essex County, Morris County, and Hudson County, and CIVIL LITIGATION in the Superior Courts of New Jersey.
I regularly appear before the local County Tax Boards as well as the New Jersey Tax Courts and have successfully reduced assessments and property taxes for many property owners in New Jersey. If you want to know how to appeal property taxes in New Jersey, contact me. If I accept a tax appeal, my success rate is in excess of 96%. My experience in negotiating over 1,000 settlements allows me achieve outstanding results without the need for an expensive and time consuming trial. Where no settlement can be reached, my experience in the Courtroom allows me to back up my demands to the adversary with winning trial results.
I have been certified as a New Jersey Civil Trial Attorney, by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Only a small percentage of all attorneys licensed in New Jersey are certified as Civil Trial Attorneys. This certification is given to attorneys whose qualifications and experience have been reviewed by senior Certified Civil Trial attorneys to ensure the applicant has a sufficient amount of courtroom experience, and who have passed a lengthy written examination. Only Civil Trial Attorneys can advertise their specialized experience in handling civil trials.
If I accept your case, I will perform the legal work personally. Your matter will NOT be given to an associate who lacks experience in the courtroom. I will work together with you to choose the best legal strategy to win your court case.

New Jersey Property Tax in the News

High End Homes Falling in Value - The Evolution of What Constitutes a “Dream House” ... Click to read more ...
The definition of a dream house depends upon the age of the dreamer. A Classic Tudor or Center Hall Colonial on a large lot, in a nice neighborhood used to be the ideal dream house for most people. Now, that seems to have changed. An apartment or a condominium in Hoboken or Jersey City, walking distance to town and public transportation is now the paradigm. A change in tastes means a change in demand. Welcome to Economics 101. Falling demand leads to falling prices, and that is exactly what we are experiencing. The dream homes of Ridgewood, Saddle River and other high value towns are lingering on the market. More time on the market means that current owners must re-price to match the lack of demand. In short, prices are falling. The combination of the changing desires of millennials, along with a shrinking, highly compensated Wall Street workforce has impacted a number of real estate markets such that values are off by 20% or more. Is this a trend or is it a true change in long-term behavior? We will find out when the millennials begin sending their children to school. There will be decisions made about tradeoffs between great schools versus an urban lifestyle. I can’t say which will win. For now, the market for million-dollar homes in towns that were historically known as the “best towns” is in decline.
Are Opportunity Zones the Way to Profit? ... Click to read more ...
President Trump has created Opportunity Zones where investment can be structured to allow for reduced taxes and reduced long-term capital gain. In fact, if the holding period is met, there is no long-term capital gain on certain property within an Opportunity Zone. The zones are determined by census data, and there are quite a few interesting areas in northern New Jersey where an investor can look to take advantage of the new law. Investors with existing appreciated assets are in a great position, but even those with after tax capital may participate on a tax friendly manner.

The link to a map showing New Jersey opportunity zones is here:

The link to the IRS’s page for frequently asked questions:

Jersey City Tax Assessment Revaluation - January 24, 2017 ... Click to read more ...
The City of Jersey City has not had its assessments updated since 1988, which means that the last time the City conducted a thorough evaluation of all properties was almost 30 years ago. The City entered into a contract to complete a revaluation with Realty Appraisal, and began a revaluation, but the revaluation was halted by Mayor Fulop. The Tax Board has ordered the revaluation to be completed. This means that each property is to be inspected and valued. All properties whether commercial, residential or industrial will receive new assessments for tax year 2018. Right now, for 2017 the average assessment is 23.66% of true value. The 2018 assessments will be “true value” or in other words “fair market value” of the property with all issues considered, such as location, lot size, use, square footage, etc. Presumably, the average assessment will be 4x the old assessment. Some will be more than 4x, others will be less depending upon how that particular property relates to the change in market value versus other properties.. The overall tax rate will FALL – it will be approximately ¼ of the current rate of $7.701 per $100 of assessed value. Below is a schedule published by
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Rolling re-Assessment for Hackensack and other Towns ... Click to read more ...
What is a rolling re-assessment?
Well, let’s start with a re-assessment as opposed to a re-valuation.
  • A “revaluation” is where the town hires an outside company to inspect all properties and completely update its assessments – normally completed every 8 to 10 years and possibly with longer periods in between.
  • A “re-assessment” is a less complicated update that does not include inspecting every property.
So a “rolling re-assessment” is where the town updates the assessments for the majority of properties every year. At first glance, that would seem a good thing, however a homeowner who is over-assessed is forced to file an appeal EACH year. This violates one basic foundations of tax appeal law – the “Freeze Act.” (N.S.A The Freeze Act statute normally protects a successful tax appeal from being changed by the assessor for two additional years, thus a successful appeal provides 3 years of savings as a result of the Freeze Act). Doing rolling assessments potentially acts to cut off the additional two years after the appeal where the assessment is frozen at the lower figure.
I believe the County Tax Board or Tax Court will eventually have to rule upon the propriety of a rolling assessment, but that has not yet occurred. The towns who expect to complete rolling re-assessments are: Hackensack, Little Ferry, Moonachie, North Arlington, Oradell, Saddle Brook, South Hackensack, Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, and Paterson in Passaic County.
City of Paterson Over Assessed ... Click to read more ...
For many years, properties in Paterson have been over-assessed. Patterson has undergone a revaluation, effective for tax year 2015. Most property owners will see a reduction in their assessment, but that does not mean that their taxes will go down. Whether or not a property owner's taxes go down depends upon how much the total ratables decrease. If the total ratables for the entire town decreased by 10%, then a particular property owner who sees a 10% reduction in their assessment will basically see no change in their taxes. On the other hand, an owner who’s assessment stays basically the same (or rises) will likely see an increase in their taxes. Assessments for 2015 are supposed to be true fair market value. If an owner believes that their property is not worth the amount of the new assessment, they should consider filing a tax appeal. In order to win the tax appeal, the owner must prove that the property is worth less than the new assessment. If the owner approves the property is worth less than the assessment in a proceeding either in the County tax board or the Tax Court, then the taxes will decrease as a result of the reduction in property assessment. Appeals must be filed by May 1, 2015, unless extended.
Wyckoff Over Assessed ... Click to read more ...
Many property owners in Wyckoff were over-assessed in the past. Ever since Wyckoff completed a revaluation almost at the height of the real estate market, the assessments in Wyckoff have been somewhat inaccurate. For 2015, all Wyckoff property owners should have received their notice of assessment giving them the value that the town places on each property. The assessor mailed the notices with the help of the revaluation company, Realty Appraisal. This value or assessment is supposed to be true fair market value for tax year 2015. Some owners may see their assessment rise, however the majority of property owners should see a a reduction in their assessment compared to 2014. Property owners whose assessment rises, will likely pay more in taxes for 2015. Anyone receiving an increase in their assessment should consider filing a tax appeal. In order to win the tax appeal, the property owner must prove that the property is worth less than the new assessment. Appeals must be filed by May 1, 2015 either in the County Tax Board, or Tax Court if the assessment is $1 million or more.
Farmland Assessments & Appeals ... Click to read more ...
Allows farmland and woodland utilized for horticultural and agricultural purposes, to be assessed at its productivity value. Determined annually, an application is due August 1st of the year preceding the one for which the valuation, assessment and taxation are sought.
Applicant must own the land. The minimum area needed to qualify is 5 contiguous (connecting) acres devoted to agricultural or horticultural use and/or under a woodlot management plan. A farmhouse, or land under a farmhouse, does not count towards the 5 acre minimum. The land must have been devoted to horticultural or agricultural uses for at least 2 years prior to the tax year. Gross sales of products from the land must average at least $500 per year for the first 4 acres, plus an average of $5 per acre for each additional acre, except in the case of woodland or wetland where the income requirement is $0.50 per acre for any addition acre over 5. The owner much show that the land will be used in an agricultural or horticultural manner for the entire year applied for.
Devoted land is defined as land devoted to the production of crops, livestock or their products, and/or forest products under a woodlot management plan.

Senior Freeze Act ... Click to read more ...
“You may be eligible for a reimbursement of the difference between the amount of property taxes you paid for the base year (the year you first became eligible) and the amount paid for the year for which you are applying for a reimbursement if you met all the following requirements for the base year and for each succeeding year, up to and including the year for which you are claiming the reimbursement.”
You may be eligible if:
  1. You are 65 or older or receiving Social Security disability benefits; and
  2. You have lived in N. J. continuously for the last 10 years as a homeowner or renter; and
  3. You have owned and lived in your home for the last 3 years; and
  4. You have paid the full amount of property taxes; and
  5. You meet the income requirements.

Veteran’s Property Tax Deduction and Exemption ... Click to read more ...
  1. Veterans who were honorably discharged from active service with the U.S. Armed Services in a war-time period may be eligible for a property tax reduction of $250.
  2. Certain totally or permanently disabled war veterans or the surviving spouse of a disabled war veteran or the surviving spouse of a serviceperson who died in wartime active duty may be exempt (they do not pay any property tax) from real estate taxes. You must be honorably discharged from active wartime service and be VA certified as having service-connected total or 100% permanent disability. You must also be the full owner of and a permanent resident in the dwelling for which exemption is claimed.

Tax Exempt Property ... Click to read more ...
Your property may be exempt from taxes if it used solely for one of the following purposes:
Religious, charitable, educational, scientific, literary, veterans organizations, youth organizations, fraternal organizations, disaster relief organizations, historic sites, conservation/recreation land, burial grounds & cemeteries, firefighter organizations & rescue squads, and PTA/PTO organizations.
Interested property owners may also visit the following website:

Have A Question?

Please contact me if you have any questions. You may also visit the “FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS” sections under the NJ Real Estate Tax Appeals or Civil Litigation.

Licensed to Practice

From my office in Maywood, Bergen County, NJ, I am licensed to practice in the following states:
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Texas
Some Recent
Successful Tax Appeals
East Brunswick, vacant land zoned commercially, 2016 taxes reduced from $59,587 to $28,150. (Multi-year savings of over $100,000.00)
Strip Mall on main road in Emerson, taxes reduced by 19% per year.
Industrial Property in Wayne, taxes reduced from $120,976 to $104,142 for 2016 - 14% savings. (Appeal was filed and completed in one year).
Taxes on Commercial property in Leonia (law offices) reduced by 10.8%, resulting in substantial yearly savings.
Large residential estate in Bergen County: 2010 taxes reduced from $42,770.99 to $31,860.00, a savings of $10,910.99.
Successful appeal of 3 condominium units in Union City, Hudson County, resulted in yearly savings for each unit owner in excess of $4,600.
Ridgewood property’s assessment reduced from $3,600,000 to $3,000,000. Savings over three years was in excess of $19,900.
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NJ Civil Attorney / New Jersey Civil Trial Lawyer Douglas M. Standriff is helping New Jersey home owners in Bergen and Essex counties lower their NJ property taxes and assessment through residential tax appeals. This NJ Civil Attorney also represents clients in personal injury cases such as auto accidents and dog bite cases. Douglas M. Standriff Esq. is a leading New Jersey Civil Trial attorney and is certified by the Supreme Court of NJ, as well as the an Appeal in the New Jersey Tax Court . This New Jersey (NJ) Civil attorney (lawyer) represents Bergen County homeowners in their residential tax appeals, as well victims injured in auto accidents, accidents, and other situations involving serious personal injury and wrongful death. Are you looking to find a NJ attorney? Looking to a hire a new jersey lawyer in Bergen County NJ? Do you need a lawyer to handle your lawsuit dealing with injuries or have a serious injury case in Bergen County? Whether you are injured in an auto accident, had an automobile accident in NJ, or a car accident, dog bite claim insurance,or truck or construction injury. Doug Standriff, NJ Civil Attorney can help. Feel free to contact this New Jersey (NJ) civil attorney or lawyer with Bergen County NJ offices. Located in Maywood, NJ (New Jersey), this NJ lawyer handles tax appeal cases in NJ courts, as well as residence or residential appeals in front of the NJ county tax board. So if you want to know how to lower your NJ property taxes or you are a New Jersey homeowner in Bergen County NJ or in the town of Franklin Lakes NJ, Oradell New Jersey, Hillsdale NJ, Montclair New Jersey, feel free to contact this NJ Civil Attorney to save money on your property taxes this year.