Nassau lawmakers back ‘partial amnesty’ for business penalties
The law requires owners of revenue-generating properties to submit annual statements to the county assessor detailing their income and expenses. Violators can be fined 0.25 percent — escalating to a maximum of 0.75 percent — of the fair market value of the property.
But Uniondale tax attorney Laureen Harris challenged the law, saying the penalty is excessive and the county doesn’t have the authority to collect.
“Its penalties are so substantial and egregious that there is no rational relationship between the errors that may have occurred with the commercial owner,” Harris said.
The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court is expected to hear the case next year.
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