Extension gives Nassau residents more time for tax grievances

Posted: Updated:

Nassau County extended the grievance deadline by about a month for residents wishing to challenge their taxes – and spending some time online could save people big time.

Eileen Diener was billed more than $16,000 this year in property taxes for her two-story home in North Bellmore. But it's possible she'll end up paying less, perhaps much less. That's because today, spending less than 10 minutes on the official Nassau County Government website, she grieved her taxes.

Jeff Gold, a former member of the Nassau Board of Assessors, is on a one-man mission of sorts to get as many people as possible to grieve their taxes for free instead of paying expensive tax assessment firms. Gold says about 200,000 Nassau residents have grieved their taxes so far this year. A few weeks ago, County Executive Laura Curran extended the deadline to file a grievance to April 2. 

MORE: Jeff Gold stops by News 12 to discuss what you need to know to about tax grievances

“I think everyone needs to file a tax grievance until the county gets it right,” says Gold. “I do believe everyone can do this for free. If you can read instructions, it's very simple.”

Since 2010, 61 percent of the county's property owners have appealed their tax assessments.  As a result, their taxes went up on average only about 5 percent. That’s compared to a 35 percent increase for those who didn't grieve - many of whom come from less affluent, often minority neighborhoods, as Newsday reported last year in a special series, Separate and Unequal.

That’s why Gold is urging property owners who haven't done so already to go online and grieve.

“People who don't grieve are at a huge disadvantage,” says Gold. “It's just a matter of fairness.”

Go HERE to watch an interview with Gold.

More info on tax grievances:
Register with ARC
Check your property profile
Find comparable sales and file an appeal
Nassau Grieve Your Tax Assessment Free Facebook group

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Dog Day Fridays for October 19

    Dog Day Fridays for October 19

    Friday, October 19 2018 7:56 AM EDT2018-10-19 11:56:57 GMT
    Olive weighs in at 67 pounds, but she is incredibly gentle in all her ways and when on walks, and would do well in many types of homes.Olive weighs in at 67 pounds, but she is incredibly gentle in all her ways and when on walks, and would do well in many types of homes.

    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Bideawee. The shelter is located at 118 Old Country Road in Westhampton. Their phone number is 631-684-0079.

    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Bideawee. The shelter is located at 118 Old Country Road in Westhampton. Their phone number is 631-684-0079.

  • Sights and scenes from the 2018 Oyster Fest

    Sights and scenes from the 2018 Oyster Fest

    Monday, October 15 2018 10:02 AM EDT2018-10-15 14:02:36 GMT

    Sights and scenes from the 2018 Oyster Fest in Oyster Bay on Oct. 13, 2018.

    Sights and scenes from the 2018 Oyster Fest in Oyster Bay on Oct. 13, 2018.

  • Just Married on Long Island

    Just Married on Long Island

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

    News 12 Long Island wants to announce your wedding. Share your pictures and videos with News 12 Long Island viewers!

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."