Benjamin Franklin stated, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” But that doesn’t mean that the taxes levied can’t be challenged.
It is a common misconception that tax abatements are only available when new structures are being built. In fact, owners and users of existing properties, such as offices, warehouses, retail shopping outlets, hotels, nursing homes and multi-family residential units, also have the opportunity to achieve substantial tax refunds or savings through the abatement process. Similar opportunities exist for the reduction of personal property taxes levied upon equipment and other items used in operating businesses and real estate. Many people also do not realize that real estate tax abatements can be achieved by tenants who pay more than one-half of the annual tax levy.