It is common for a New Jersey tax assessor to increase your assessment after buying a property. If you question the higher assessment, you might be told that there is nothing you can do about it. After all, a tax appeal argues that the property is worth less than its assessment. And you just paid about as much or more to buy it. Many, if not most, tax appeal attorneys focus solely on “regular” appeals challenging the assessment based on the property’s value. These attorneys might say that they can’t help you, or that you don’t have a case. Perhaps they don’t even know that your increase was a result of an illegal spot assessment. Therefore, they’ll say there isn’t anything that can be done. Not so fast.
A New Jersey spot assess