Connecticut Property Tax Appeal Window Remains Open

posted by Nicholas Vitti June 16, 2020

CONNECTICUT PROPERTY TAX APPEAL WINDOW REMAINS OPEN DUE TO COVID-19

By Nicholas W. Vitti Jr., Esq.

The window to dispute a 2019 real estate tax assessment in Connecticut remains open, following a series of  Executive Orders issued by Governor Ned Lamont in response to COVID-19.  As of March 21, 2020 the deadline for filing with a municipal Board of Assessment Appeals (“BAA”) was suspended indefinitely.

The deadline for municipal BAAs to hold a hearing and decide an appeal is also suspended indefinitely. However, BAAs are authorized to hear appeals remotely and many are continuing to operate via online and telephonic resources.

Under normal circumstances, a property owner who wishes to appeal a decision from a municipal BAA must file such an appeal with the Connecticut Superior Court within two months. Currently, the statutes of limitations regarding municipal tax appeals are also suspended by Executive Order. However, because the power to enact statutes of limitation rests with the state legislature and the Governor’s Executive Orders have not been constitutionally tested, it remains advisable to continue to file tax valuation appeals with the Connecticut Superior Court as soon as is possible.

If you have a question about the real estate tax appeal process or need assistance in considering the merits of an appeal, contact our Valuation Group at (203) 327-2000.

ABOUT ATTORNEY VITTI

Nicholas William Vitti Jr. became a partner with Cacace, Tusch & Santagata in January 2016 and has been with the firm since 2008. Attorney Vitti focuses his practice on land use and real estate development, tax appeals and valuation, and civil litigation. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2005 from Quinnipiac University School of Law; and also holds a B.A. in History with a minor in Business Administration. He is a former director of the Fairfield County Bar Association and a lifelong resident of Bethel, Connecticut, where he serves as Deputy Town Counsel and is the Chairman of the Bethel Democratic Town Committee. Learn more about Nicholas W. Vitti Jr., Esq.

 

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