In a recent study by the Tax Foundation in Washington DC,
Westchester County NY suffered the dubious distinction of ranking
1st out of 1,800 counties nationwide in median property taxes
paid and 7th in property taxes paid as a percentage of income.
Even New York County ranked way down at 66th and 558th
respectively in these categories.
Obviously, something is terribly wrong in Westchester
As if this news isn’t bad enough, most communities in
Westchester County haven’t conducted a property assessment
revaluation in decades. So not only are you paying the highest
property taxes in the Country, but you are probably paying more
than your fair share of those taxes. Why you ask? The reason is
RMA Consulting is a Westchester County based company that
specializes in reducing residential property taxes by protesting
the assessed value of your home. By lowering your home’s
assessed value, your taxes will be reduced for years. If, after
careful research we determine that your home has been assessed
too high, we will take care of everything necessary to appeal
your assessment. If we do not succeed in lowering your
property assessment and correspondingly your taxes, you owe us
How Your Property Taxes are
Assessed Value of Your Home multiplied by
the Tax Rate = Your Property Taxes
If you remember a little of your High School Algebra you can
see that you can lower your taxes by either reducing your
Assessed Value as established by your local Tax Assessor or by
reducing your tax rate as established by your Village, Town,
City, Westchester County and your School District.
What we do at RMA Consulting is work to reduce your Assessed
Value, since we can’t keep your local governments from
spending too much.
Taking the Hassle Out of Assessment
If you’re like most people, you’ve thought about doing
something about reducing your assessment but have been
intimidated and confused by the process. Maybe you just retired
and are on a fixed income, recently lost your job, or are trying
to sell your home or buy new one and the amount of property taxes
you pay has become an obstacle. On the other hand, perhaps
you’re just fed up with paying more than your fair share of
the property tax burden. At RMA Consulting, we’re here to
First, we compile critical information about your home and
compare it to the property record information at the
Assessor’s Office to determine if there are any
discrepancies. Next, with the aid of our enormous database of
property inventory and sales information and use of our
state-of-the-art custom valuation program, we are be able to
quickly determine whether or not your property is over-assessed.
With this information, we can prepare the formal complaint
necessary to appeal or "Grieve" you tax assessment.
This appeal goes to your local Board of Assessment Review (BAR)
for review. The BAR then conducts a hearing at which we will
appear as your representative and argue your case. After this
administrative hearing, the BAR will issue a determination. If
the determination does not lower your assessment, we have
attorneys prepare a formal complaint to appeal the BAR
determination to a judicial hearing officer. At this hearing, we
will again appear on your behalf and argue your case.
Essentially, this is a second bite at the apple.
Throughout this process, we will be meeting with your local
Tax Assessor and attempting to settle your case.
Know Your Rights!
It is important to note that under New York State law the
Board of Assessment Review (BAR) cannot increase your assessment
as a result of this process.
At RMA Consulting, our goal is to minimize your property tax
expense through our understanding of the local real estate
markets and our expertise in the property valuation, property tax
review, and the property tax appeal processes.