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.