All taxpayers should expect to receive soon their notice of assessment for the 2011 tax year. By statute, every assessor, prior to February 1st, must notify each taxpayer by mail of the current asssessment and the preceding year's taxes. The notice is typically in the form of a postcard and will contain information instructing taxpayers on how to appeal their assessment.

Note, however, that the notice is sent to the addressee of record, which may not be the physical address of the subject property. Often times for commercial properties, the postcards are mailed to the home office, and can be inadvertently discarded or ignored.

The deadline to appeal this year's tax assessment is Friday, April 1, 2011. In select municipalities, that deadline may be extended beyond April 1st, in which case the taxpayer would receive notice at the address of record.