Frequently Asked Questions
What is “assessed value”?
The assessment is the value placed on your property by the town, but differs from the market value.
What is a tax grievance?
A tax grievance is a formal process of protesting your property’s assessment.
How can Aventine save me money?
We help you save money on your property taxes by filing a grievance on your behalf proving an unequal assessment of
Why use Aventine instead of another company?
Aventine is the only company that possesses a patent-pending automated valuation system that quickly and accurately
What is the risk of filing a tax grievance?
If Aventine determines that you property taxes are accurate based on your property’s value, we will not accept your case and
What is the cost of using Aventine to handle my grievance?
Aventine charges 50% of the SAVINGS for the first year only, (all future year savings are yours!) Plus the $30 filing fee if
If I believe my property is over-assessed, how can I find out if it is worth filing a grievance?
Simply click here and sign and return our no-risk Retainer Agreement and we’ll review your property and file if it makes sense
I think my property taxes are about right. Why should I file? I don’t want to draw attention to my bill, might they raise my taxes?
Assuming you are not an appraiser, a vague notion of your property value is not enough to determine your assessment.
What is the best way to get in contact with Aventine?
Will someone come to my property if I file a grievance?
NO. No one from the town assessor’s office or Aventine will come to your property if you file a grievance.
I pay village taxes in addition to my town/city/county taxes. If I obtain a reduction in my town/city/county assessment, will my village taxes be reduced too?
Can my taxes be increased if I file a grievance?
No. Your application will only result in either a successful reduction of your property taxes, or a denial of a reduction. Your taxes will not go up simply because you filed a grievance.
Will I have to talk to any town officials, attend meetings, or go to court?
NO. Aventine files all paperwork, pays all fees, attends all meetings, hearings and conferences and handles the entire process from beginning to end.
How long can I expect the process to take from beginning to end?
The process is long and complex. It can take from many months to a year or more. Sometimes a decision is rendered in time to reduce your second-half bill, but more often, any discount is reflected on future bills and a refund is sent to cover any retroactive reductions in the current year tax bill.
I just won a reduction a few years ago, should I file again?
YES! Property prices have been on the decline and there is every chance that you are being over-assessed again.
I already have a STAR, VETERAN’s, SENIOR or other type of exemption on my taxes. Should I bother to apply?
Yes. We are talking about the assessed value of your property. Not your exemptions. Whether you win a reduction or not, all your current exemptions continue as before.
Can I contract with several Tax Grievance companies to see who can get me the best reduction?
NO. Just as you would not hire more than one real estate broker to list your house for sale, you can’t have more than one representative trying to lower your property assessment.
Can I handle the whole process myself?
Absolutely. No representative is required to file a grievance. Just as you can repair your own automobile, program your own computer, you can file your own grievance. However, the process is long and complex, and many people find that it is just better and easier to let a licensed, qualified company, which specializes in the field to handle their grievance. It makes sense, it saves time and often, provides a better result.
If it is determined that I am over-assessed and I win a reduction in my property assessment, for how many years back will I get credit?
Grievances are for the current tax year only.
Is there any advantage to waiting until closer to the Tax Grievance deadline to sign up with Aventine?
NO. The process is labor and time intensive. Start now to avoid delays and allow time for the work to be done properly. Last year, we had to turn away property owners who waited until the last minute to sign up with us. It just takes time to order the appraisal, prepare the paperwork and submit the file to the town before grievance day. If you miss the deadline, you have to wait a whole year to try again and any savings you might have won for this year will be lost.
Can I make payment arrangements with Aventine after I win a reduction to make paying the fee easier?
YES. Aventine is happy to work out a convenient payment schedule with you.
I won a reduction in my property assessment last year through Aventine, but my tax bill is the same or even higher this year. How can that be?
Once we win a reduction for you, your assessment is reduced by the corresponding amount shown on the decision from the Board of Assessment Review or the NYS Supreme Court, SCAR Division. However, that doesn't’t prevent your town from raising the overall ratio or multiplier for your area. So while your property taxes might be the same or even a bit higher, they would have been MUCH higher had you not won the reduction! Good thing you filed!
Who can file a tax grievance?
NYS Law Says“Only:
Can I grieve my commercial property?
If I sell my house, does that release me from my contract with Aventine?
NO. Once you contract with us, we follow through with the process from beginning to end. You are obligated to pay our fee
I am in contract to purchase a property. Can I grieve the taxes?
YES. If you are in contract to purchase a property, you have the right to grieve the property taxes on the house and can appoint Aventine to represent you.
I own multiple rental properties. Can I grieve them all?
NO. You can only grieve the property taxes on the property you live in. Non-owner occupied properties are not eligible and an
Can I file a grievance every year, since I have no risk?
That depends, if you win a reduction at the Board of Assessment Review level, then yes, but if you win on appeal at the SCAR level, you have to skip one year in order to file again.
I was told that if my property taxes are reduced, my house is suddenly worth more. Is this true?
How do you take payment?
We accept payment with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Wire Transfer, Paypal, Check, Money Order, Etc. We also work out payment plans for our clients when needed.