The New York City Finance Commissioner, Preston Niblack, recently announced the finance department’s plan to restructure the City’s property tax system. Bloomberg Tax reports that at the recent Department of Finance’s Tax Representatives and Practitioners Program, Niblack said, “Reforming such a complex system will not be easy, but the bottom line is property taxes account for nearly half of all city tax revenues. For our city’s future, we have to get this system right.”

At least the City’s finance department will not be starting from scratch. During his time in office, former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio formed an Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform. Its findings were never adopted as they were released just prior to de Blasio leaving office. Niblack said the City will start here to create a more transparent and explainable system.

One of the sticking points then, and now, will be dealing with the expired 421-a tax incentive program, or Affordable House NY Program, for rental properties. See previous Tax Tracker post from Michael P. Guerriero on the subject: NYC Comptroller Effort to reform New York City’s Property Tax System | Farrell Fritz Intel

Regardless of how, it seems the overall goal is to, “make the treatment of residential homeowners’ properties fairer, more consistent, and more understandable to taxpayers.”

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Thank you to Nancy DeBiasi for this week’s Tax Tracker!