Boston Property Tax Abatements Lawyers
The Law Offices of Saliba & Saliba is recognized throughout Massachusetts as a leader in the area of real estate property valuation, tax assessment litigation (certiorari) and eminent domain or condemnation. Attorneys David G. Saliba and David J. Saliba help individuals and businesses reduce their real estate taxes. We also counsel and defend a select number of municipalities in valuations and assessments. We are knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate property tax claims, namely challenging tax assessments on commercial properties.
We represent corporate and real estate clients as well as large property owners in property tax assessment review proceedings. We also represent these parties in eminent domain disputes over the condemnation itself and the fair market value compensation to displaced property owners.
Tax abatement and what it means for you
The abatement and refund remedy is available to a taxpayer who believes that his property “taxes have been levied erroneously or illegally, whether due to erroneous valuation for assessment, irregularity in levying, clerical error, or overvaluation.…” The abatement process is often used to appeal tax assessments when the property owner has missed the deadline for protesting the assessor’s Notice of Valuation. In the abatement process, a property owner may file an abatement petition with the county to officially request either an abatement of taxes due or a refund of taxes paid.
Do you need to appeal a property valuation, but you have missed the protest period? Contact our experienced Boston tax abatement attorneys today.
Filing an abatement and refund petition
You may file a petition for an abatement or refund of taxes with the Board of County Commissioners within two years after January 1 of the year following the year in which the taxes were levied.
The Board of County Commissioners will send your petition to the county assessor’s office for review and recommendation. Thereafter the board will schedule the petition for a hearing and will issue its determination after the hearing. If the board’s decision is unacceptable, you appeal the decision to the State Board of Assessment Appeals.
This is a complicated process that requires the experience of a knowledgeable property tax attorney. With more than 44 years of experience in property tax law, our firm has worked with many of the elected local tax assessors and their staff appraisers. We have a reputation for being honest and hard-working, and for getting results.
Contact experienced Boston tax abatement lawyers today
If you would like to file an abatement petition, contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Saliba & Saliba. From our law offices in Boston, we serve clients throughout New England. We can help you in all stages of the property tax protest and appeal process. Call us at 617-982-0276 or contact us online.