There are several steps every homeowner should take to investigate whether or not their property taxes can be lowered:
- Get your detailed property tax assessment record online or from your assessors office. Its possible your entire neighborhood has been over-assessed.
- Check the accuracy of the details about your home used in your tax assessment. Determine if your propertys size and description are accurate. Errors are commonly made in transferring data from paper to online. Make sure details like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms is correct.
- If errors have made your assessment higher than it should be, try working informally with the assessor rather than going through a formal appeal process.
- If the correction cannot be made informally, youll need to make a formal appeal. There may even be a process for appealing your taxes online. Keep in mind that there is usually a narrow window of opportunity in which to file an appeal. Some jurisdictions set aside a time every year to hear appeals, while others only consider appeals for a few months after your house has been reassessed, which is often not every year.
- Depending on your municipality, you might also be eligible for property-tax exemptions, which range from senior citizen and active-duty military exemptions to ones for those who own livestock.
Be sure to maintain records throughout the entire process. The proper documentation will be critical to supporting your case.
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