Tax Grievances

Property Assessments are based on a percentage of “market value” defined as the most probable price which a property would bring in a competitive and open market.

The market value of your property, based on the Town Assessor’s estimate,  is often found on  your property tax bill

The median price, according to MLS housing  statistics, is less than the median price in 2003. But taxes have gone up. 

Is your home valued properly? If the market value of your residence is valued for less (the towns indicated value), you are eligible for a tax reduction.

In order to convert a current assessed valuation of a home to its current indicated market value, divide that figure by the Town’s  Residential Assessment Ratio/RAR  as of the July 1, 2013 valuation date. (The RAR is adjusted by New York State annually; this years rate will be published in April. The valuation date used for the 2013-14 Tax Year is July 1, 2013.) - - See more at:

To illustrate this math: say your home has an assessed value of $5000. using town of Huntington  (2013) rate of 79%, the equalized value is $633,000(rounded).

The foundation to proving your grievance is a recent purchase or appraisal. Towns are deluged with grievances; without any basis for your grievance, the appeal will be denied. 

Paul Dyckes has been providing real property valuations for residences and businesses for  years throuought  Nassau and Suffolk, helping homeowners and local commercial business owners save money in taxes. . Unlike the majority of tax reduction services, however, we do not particiapte in your savings; you capture 100% of any savings. The (tax service)  companies brag about the savings after reduction, however, you are paying half (your savings) back for their services. This amount can be in upward of $1000!. Further, a separate appraisal fee is added on to your expense. Now you have an option: hire an appraiser to perform a valuation and file the grievance your self. Pay one fee and the savings (all of it) is yours. We do not share in  your savings. We provide the ammunition to make your case, and you save 100% of the reduction.


 Process is simple:

  • Visit your towns website and print the grievance form
  • engage a local, experienced  appraiser to perform a property valuation.

For grievance procedures and forms, visit the towns website or stop your local assessor for further information. The step-by-step instructions are available on line The assessors office is their to assist you in completing the form.


  • No contract
  • 100% savings
  • Appraisal fee starting at $395.

 Remember, in Suffolk County grievance day is the 3rd Tuesday in May., The valuation date is July 1,2013.

Deadline to file in Nassau County is March 3, 2014

Its your money, invest wisely.

Note, an appraiser is not an advocate and a successful outcome can not be guaranteed.