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Electronic Filing of Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Petitions Now Mandatory. More information.


How do I file a Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Petition?

SCAR stands for "Small Claims Assessment Review" and refers to the process which allows owner-occupants of residential property to file a court case to challenge a tax assessment.  This can only be done after a property tax assessment grievance has been turned down by the local Board of Assessment review. If you have not already filed with a local Board of Assessment Review, please check with your local tax assessor to learn the dates by which your grievance must be filed on the local level.

The SCAR process is an alternative appeal process for residential property to a formal Tax Certiorari proceeding and provides for review before a Hearing Officer in an informal setting.  Your SCAR petition must be filed within 30 days of the filing of the final assessment roll in your community.  Each community may have a different assessment roll date, so please be sure to confirm the date with the municipality in which the property is located.  If the petition is filed more than 30 days after the filing of the assessment roll, your petition may be dismissed.

If you are Homeowner filing on your own behalf:

Complete and sign a Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Petition. You can fill it in online and print it to affix your signature.

Visit www.nycourts.gov/efile and click CREATE ACCOUNT to apply for your NYSCEF user ID. You can select the option Create Self  Represented (commencement of new cases only) Account. Complete the online application and then log into NYSCEF using your User ID and Password.

In NYSCEF, go to “Start a New Case”
• Select “Westchester County Supreme Court” as the court.
• Select “Small Claims Assessment Review” as the case type.
• Input party names. The homeowner is the Plaintiff/Petitioner. The municipality in which the taxes are being grieved is  the Defendant/Respondent, which will be typed into the “Business/Organization Name” field. (for example: “White Plains City of” or “Yonkers City of” 
• Select “SCAR Petition” as the commencement document and attach the pdf of the petition that you have filled out and signed.
• You will pay your $30.00 filing fee online via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

After filing your Petition in NYSCEF:

  • County Clerk staff will review your Petition to ensure that it is complete and assign your Petition an Index Number. You will receive an e-mail notification that your Index Number has been assigned (generally within a few hours after submission during business hours) and you will be able to access a File Stamped copy of your SCAR Petition immediately in NYSCEF.

What to do next:

Within ten days after filing your Petition in the NYSCEF website, you must serve stamped copies of your SCAR petition on:

(1)    The Clerk of the school district where the property is located (by regular mail);

(2)    The County Treasurer (a/k/a: The Commissioner of Finance at 148 Martine Avenue in White Plains, New York 10601 (by regular mail) and;

(3)    The Assessor or the Board of Assessment of the municipality in which the property is located (by certified mail, return receipt requested or by personal delivery).

Click here for more detailed instructions.

PLEASE NOTE:

If you are eligible to opt-out of e-filing pursuant to Section 202.5-bb of the Uniform Rules for the Trial Courts, please complete the Notice of opt out form as well as the Notice of Hard Copy Submission and deliver your Small Claims Assessment (SCAR) Petition to the County Clerk’s in hardcopy, with the required $30.00 fee.

 

If you are an Authorized Agent filing on behalf of multiple homeowners:


Ensure that you have a complete and fully executed Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) Petition for each homeowner/property.

Complete the application for your NYSCEF Filing Agent user ID.

You may fax your completed form to the E-filing resource Center at (212) 401-9146. You may also e-mail your completed application to the E-filing resource Center at

Once the application process is complete and you have obtained your NYSCEF Filing Agent ID you may proceed. There may be a 24-48 hour processing period.

In NYSCEF, go to “Start a New Case” 
• Select "Westchester County Supreme Court" as your court.
• Select “Small Claims Assessment Review” as the case type.
• Input party names. The homeowner is the Plaintiff/Petitioner. The municipality in which the taxes are being grieved is the Defendant/Respondent,  which will be typed into the “Business/Organization Name” field (for example: “White Plains City of” or “Yonkers City of”).
• Select “SCAR Petition” as the commencement document and attach the pdf of the petition that you have filled out and signed.
• You will pay your $30.00 filing fee online via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express). The Westchester County Clerk has also implemented ACH Debit Accounts as another payment option

After filing your Petition in NYSCEF:

  • County Clerk staff will review your Petition(s) to ensure that they are complete and assign your Petitions Index Numbers. You will receive an e-mail notification that your Index Number has been assigned (generally within a few hours after submission during business hours) and you will be able to access a File Stamped copy of your SCAR Petition immediately in NYSCEF.

What to do next:

Within ten days after filing your Petition in the NYSCEF website, you must serve stamped copies of your SCAR petition on:

(1)    The Clerk of the school district where the property is located (by regular mail);

(2)    The County Treasurer (a/k/a: The Commissioner of Finance at 148 Martine Avenue in White Plains, New York 10601 (by regular mail) and;

(3)    The Assessor or the Board of Assessment of the municipality in which the property is located (by certified mail, return receipt requested or by personal delivery).

Click here for more detailed instructions.

PLEASE NOTE:

If you are eligible to opt-out of e-filing pursuant to Section 202.5-bb of the Uniform Rules for the Trial Courts, please complete the Notice of opt out form as well as the Notice of Hard Copy Submission and deliver your Small Claims Assessment (SCAR) Petition to the County Clerk’s in hardcopy, with the required $30.00 fee.

Questions? Call (914)995-3070 or email .

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