Rejected and Ignored: What to Do With Unsuccessful Municipal Property Tax Abatement and Appeal Appli
So you filled out the forms, turned them in on time, and paid your taxes in the meantime, but what do you do if your local assessors choose to ignore- or flat out reject- your property tax appeal application? Rejected and ignored property tax abatement applications in all states- including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut- may be appealed to the appropriate appeal venue, but you may have to move quickly- there’s deadlines at the appeal level, too.
Appeal venues vary depending on where your property is located, and by whom the appeal will be brought. Typically, there is a special state board that handles appeals of municipal property tax appeal or abatement applications (like the Board of Tax and Land Appeals in New Hampshire, or the Appellate Tax Board in Massachusetts). Some states also allow appeals to go before the Superior Court. Appeals must be submitted according to the deadlines of the specific appeal venue; most appeal deadlines require appeal applications be submitted between 30 and 140 days from notice of the rejected or ignored application.
Appeals of municipal decisions must be filed on venue-specific forms and supplemented with appropriate evidence. Please note that the appellate property tax level is often more formal than at the municipal level; there is often discovery proceedings, formal negotiations between the parties, and binding settlement agreements.
So if you didn't get the resolution you were hoping for with your New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or Connecticut municipal property tax abatement application, don't fret- you may still have another bite at the apple.