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September 3 is the Deadline to Challenge a Denial of a Property Tax Refund in N.H.

September 3, 2019 is the deadline to challenge a municipalities’ denial of your request for refund of the 2018 real estate taxes.

Please keep in mind the deadline to challenge a denial of your request for refund to a municipality of your 2018 real estate taxes is September 3, 2019 to the Board of Tax and Land Appeals (BTLA). Normally the deadline to appeal your request for refund (a/k/a abatement) is September 1 each year, but because September 1, 2019 falls on a Sunday and September 2 is Labor Day, by law you are given until the next business day to file an appeal form with the BTLA.The appeal form must be postmarked by this date in order for the BTLA to review a denial of your request for a refund with a municipality. If you want to file an appeal with the Superior Court, then August 30 is the deadline. The petition for appeal must be received by the Court on this date for the Court to consider your appeal. If you are not sure where to file your appeal, please read Appeal to BTLA or Superior Court? That is the Question. For more information on the appeal process, please visit our New Hampshire Real Estate Tax Primer Blog.

Leave yourself time to gather evidence or contact a tax professional for assistance.

The form for appealing a denial of your request for a refund with the B.T.L.A. requires some evidence of why a refund should be granted. If you do not already have an appraisal or recent sales of similar properties to support your appeal, you should leave yourself time to gather some information of why your appeal should be granted. Brokers and various websites with recent sales of properties can provide recent sales. Additionally, the municipality, either on its own website or an assessing database maintained by an outside contractor, may have a list of recent sales, and if they do not publish it you could request it from your municipality.

Another alternative is to hire a tax representative to prepare the appeal and represent you. As written about in Why Hire a Tax Representative, an advantage of hiring a tax representative is that they are familiar with the process and are experienced negotiating with municipalities. Tax representatives often have valuation evidence available to support your appeal. Additionally, many tax representatives are paid only if your appeal is successful.

The professionals at Allobar Strategies have decades of experience in negotiating property tax abatements for taxpayers. Allobar specializes in various types of commercial and residential real estate and utilizes a network of professionals to ensure taxpayers obtain the best reduction.

For professional assistance with property tax abatement appeals, please call (603) 333-2211 or visit Allobar Strategies.

The above information is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

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