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Terms and Conditions

DESIGNATION OF REPRESENTATIVE – I hereby designate Empire Tax Reductions DBA of ETR, Inc. (ETR) as my exclusive representative and authorize it to process in 2018 my application for a property tax reduction for the applicable assessment roll. To represent me before the Board of Assessment Review (Assessment Review Commission in Nassau County) and/or Small Claims Assessment Review pursuant to the rights guaranteed me by NYS Property Tax Law. ETR will make reasonable efforts to communicate the terms of any offer of settlement made by the County in the course of these proceedings, although I hereby give ETR full authority to settle my case and negotiate any municipality refund checks obtained and deduct its fees therefrom.

FEES: I have read and understand that I will pay ETR a percentage of the tax reduction/savings that they obtain for my property for the year filed. The percentage rate is determined by the county in which my property is located and as follows:

County
APPLICATION TAX YEAR
*Discounted Contingency Fee
(% of Savings)
Standard Rate Contingency Fee (% of Savings)
Market Analysis Fee
SUCCESSFUL REDUCTIONS ONLY
NYS Court* filing fee
Only if an appeal is needed
EMPIRE’S FEE IF WE ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL
Nassau
2019/20
40%*
50%
– 0 –
$30
– 0 –
Orange
2018/19
60%*
100%
$100
$30
– 0 –
Rockland
2018/19
60%*
100%
$100
$30
– 0 –
Suffolk
2018/19
50%*
75%
$100
$30
– 0 –
Westchester
2018/19
50%*
75%
$0
$30
– 0 –

I understand that ETR does not charge a fee if there is no reduction. If ETR is successful, I agree to pay the *DISCOUNTED FEE stated above for my county. The discounted fee will apply only if I pay (or obtain a written payment agreement to pay) within 60 days of the date of ETR’s invoice containing official proof of reduction, otherwise ETR’s Standard rate will apply. Should my case require an appeal, a NYS Court filing fee of $30 may apply. If I do not pay timely: a $50 late fee will apply to all payments 60 days past due, I shall pay reasonable collection/attorney’s fees, a 1% interest per month on the amount due from the date of the invoice, and that ETR may, at its option, submit its claim to an arbitrator or arbitration company selected by ETR (ETR shall advance any arbitration fees, but the arbitrator shall award such fees to the prevailing party) or bring suit against me in the courts located in Nassau County; except if ETR demands arbitration, Nassau County courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction of any dispute/action relating to this agreement; and service of a demand for arbitration or summons and complaint upon me by mail at the address listed in this agreement shall be sufficient service and notice thereof. Sale of my home does not void this contract, and I will remain responsible for any fees incurred unless I have my buyer assume responsibility of this contract in writing with ETR.

ELIGIBILITY: I understand that only A) a person named in the records of the County Clerk as a homeowner (only one owner need sign); or B) that person's authorized agent; or C) a person who has contracted to buy a home; or D) the estate of a deceased homeowner, is eligible under law to receive a property tax refund. If you are not in any of these categories, you will not be able to receive a property tax refund and should not sign this agreement. I hereby represent that by signing below I am one of the persons listed within these categories. ETR is an independent company, you are not required by law to use a tax reduction service to apply for a reduction in assessment. You may cancel this agreement with no penalty or obligation by giving ETR written notice of cancellation no later than 10 days of the date of this agreement, otherwise you will be obligated to pay ETR a one hundred dollar processing fee.

(For Orange, Rockland & Westchester Counties only: I understand that I may be requested to produce documents for the Board of Assessment Review and I agree to provide copies of requested documents (to the extent I have them) to ETR.

I have agreed to the terms and conditions and agree to have ETR, Inc file my Property Tax Grievance in 2018. I am qualified to authorize this agreement per the terms above, and agree that my signature is binding.