Sample 2020 Tax Grievance Authorization/Suffolk County
1) DESIGNATION OF REPRESENTATIVE: I hereby authorize ZapMyTax to process my application for a property tax reduction in 2020 for the applicable tentative assessment roll, to represent me before the Board of Assessment Review and/or Small Claims Assessment Review pursuant to my rights guaranteed by NYS Property Tax Law, and to negotiate any settlement of my claim.
2) FEES: I have read and understand that I will pay ZapMyTax a percentage of the First Year’s tax savings that they obtain for my property. The percentage is determined by the township in which I live as follows:
|TOWNSHIP||ONE TIME FEE||NYS COURT APPEAL FEE||MARKET ANALYSIS FEE
CHARGED ON SUCCESSFUL
|BABYLON, SMITHTOWN, ISLIP, RIVERHEAD||60% of first year’s savings||$30||$75|
|HUNTINGTON||50% of first year’s savings||$30||$50|
|BROOKHAVEN, SOUTHHOLD, S/E HAMPTONS||50% of first year’s savings||$30||$60|
** The Market Analysis Fee, where applicable, is waived if I supply an acceptable certified appraisal dated between 7/1/17 and 7/1/19 or if I have purchased my home between these dates and my purchase was an arms length transaction or I am in contract to buy a home. I agree to pay ZapMyTax within 60 days of receiving official notification of reduction; to pay such fees in the event I sell or move out of the subject property; to pay reasonable collection/attorney’s fees incurred by ZapMyTax and 1.5% interest per month on the amount due should I fail to pay fees due within 60 days. Service of a demand for arbitration or summons and complaint upon me by mail at the address listed in this agreement shall be sufficient service and notice thereof. Should my case require an appeal, a Court imposed filing fee ($30) will apply, I authorize ZapMyTax to negotiate any refund checks obtained and deduct its fees therefrom.
3) ELIGIBILITY: I understand that only A) a person named in the County records as a homeowner; or
B) that person’s authorized agent; or C) a person who has contracted to buy a home; or D) the estate of a deceased homeowner, is eligible under law to receive a property tax refund. If you are not in any of these categories, you will not be able to receive a property tax refund and should not sign this agreement.
I hereby represent that by signing below I am one of the persons listed within these categories.
4) NOTIFICATIONS: I am not required by law to use a tax reduction service to apply for a reduction in assessment and that I can cancel within 10 days of signing this agreement, without penalty, by written notice. In the event that ZapMyTax must withdraw my application due to client cancellation, one hundred dollar fee will apply. ZapMyTax will make reasonable effort to communicate the terms of any offer of settlement made in the course of these proceedings. ZapMyTax is an independent company & not affiliated with any municipality.
*** Every application is time and date stamped. We cannot guarantee filing your grievance if stamped after deadline posted for your township. You must call (631) 889-5500.