By Rochelle Maruch Miller

Don’t let failure to file cause you to pay more than your fair share of property taxes! Pursuant to a Nassau County Executive Order, the deadline for filing a 2014—15 tax grievance has been extended to May 1, 2013. If other property owners receive a reduction and you do not file, you will be paying more than your fair share of property tax.

“In this day and age of high budgets, legacy costs, and entitlements, you need to file,” advises Shalom Maidenbaum, president of Maidenbaum Property Tax Reduction, LLC in Cedarhurst. As taxes go up, it’s important to be successful in offsetting the increase.” He adds, “In order for taxes to go down, government spending has to go down; if government spending increases, the revenues must go up as well. Pay close attention to the candidates and their priorities in an election.”

With over 20 years of experience in reducing taxes for tens of thousands of taxpayers throughout Nassau County, Maidenbaum Property Tax Reduction Group, LLC continues to set standards of excellence. With unsurpassed service and integrity as their hallmark, their client base is multi-generational. Maidenbaum Tax has the resources and the expertise to pursue all avenues to assure that their clients pay no more than their fair share of fair taxes. With meticulous attention to every detail, they painstakingly analyze and review their cases in house, never outsourcing. Throughout the entire appeal process, each client’s case is handled by Maidenbaum Tax’s own professional staff. For the 2012/2013 tax year, they achieved results for approximately 90% of their clients. Having earned a sterling reputation for affording clients outstanding results, unparalleled service, and integrity, if you do not get a reduction, you will not be charged a fee. “We are one of the more aggressive companies on the market,” Mr. Maidenbaum says. “We believe our results speak for themselves.”

Although Maidenbaum Property Tax Reductions LLC serves the entire Nassau County, Shalom says, “My home base is the Five Towns.” Shalom’ parents were one of our community’s true founders; they moved to the Five Towns from Boro Park in 1956. Here they raised their beautiful family and graced the Five Towns by actively making it the exemplary center of Yiddishkeit and Torah it is today.

Raised in a home permeated by Torah values, Shalom and his siblings continue their parents’ legacy. “I grew up in Far Rockaway and attended Hillel School. I’m one of the ‘old-timers’,” says Shalom, who is too young to be considered an ‘old-timer’ by any means. Lawrence residents, he and his lovely wife, Iris, are active members of Congregation Beth Sholom and have a beautiful family which is a source of much nachas to them. He lauds his eishes chayil, Iris, who has an M.B.A. and is a C.P.A., an active member of our community, as being responsible for his success.

“I am a firm believer in hakaras hatov,” says Shalom. “My wife and I believe in giving back to the community. We are major supporters of Beit Halochem, which reaches across every spectrum of Israel’s religious community, and sponsor the 5T/5K Run/Walk (see last week’s edition of the 5TJT); Kulanu: Torah Academy for Kids, the JCC, and the Peninsula Community Council. A staunch supporter of Israel and an ardent Zionist, Shalom is an exemplar of chesed who leads by example. Ever concerned about the needs of our community’s residents, his strong sense of ethics is reflected in his approach to doing business. Peerless in championing the rights of Nassau County taxpayers to a fair assessment, Maidenbaum Property Reduction Group LLC has the clear advantage of being a local business with a Five Towns base and is keenly attuned to our needs and rights.

Maidenbaum Property Tax Reduction Group, LLC is a contributor to the Fair Assessment Committee, LLC that works to improve the process of achieving tax reductions for homeowners while simultaneously allowing Nassau County to reach its fiscal growth.

In the past, Nassau County’s property tax assessment process has been a well-documented source of confusion and frustration for many overwhelmed homeowners. If you are one of the many residents who are confused by the process, take heart; no longer will you have to navigate the veritable maze that has heretofore been synonymous with the process. Thanks to the diligent efforts of the Assessment Reform Team, of which Shalom Maidenbaum is an appointed member, the property tax assessment process is steadily improving.

A key component integral to that steady improvement in processing is the Nassau County Property Taxpayers Bill of Rights, which was coauthored by Mr. Maidenbaum in an effort to address some of the major concerns of taxpayers throughout the county.

In addition to addressing the major concerns of residential taxpayers, the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights also offers practical and applicable solutions to some of the pressing property tax problems that have emerged of late.

The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights states that all Nassau County taxpayers have the right to “A fair and accurate assessment (and) an actual, meaningful administrative review of your application for correction.”

It also addresses the Level of Assessment (LOA) and Small Claim Assessment Review (SCAR). Additionally, all homeowners who protest their assessment “should be treated with courtesy and respect by all involved.” v


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