“Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible…for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.”
Judge Learned Hand
This opinion refers to federal income tax but the logic and spirit can easily be applied to any tax including property tax. Most property tax is based on a valuation called an assessment placed on the property by a government taxing authority.
When property values rise due to appreciation, the assessments usually rise. However, when values decline as they have done in many areas in the past few years, the assessments should follow accordingly.
Click here for local Howard County contact information on the government website.
If you don’t believe your assessment reflects market value, put together proof to support your position. Recent comparable sales, similar in size, condition and location are very persuasive. Check to see if the square footage on the assessment is accurate. If the home is not in good condition, take pictures to show that.
As your real estate professional, I can supply the comparables, filing deadlines and other pertinent information needed to make a challenge. Lowering your assessment will result in lower property taxes and more money in your pocket.
Best regards, Gretchen
Gretchen Conley, Realtor® "Your Transition Specialist"
Keller Williams Realty Centre * Cell 443-676-1625
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About the Author...This article was provided by Gretchen Conley, a Nationally recognized Realtor, Certified Residential Specialist, and Certified Short Sale & Distressed Property Specialist. Gretchen can be reached via e-mail at Gretchen@GretchenConley.com by cell phone or text message at 443-676-1625. Gretchen has helped many people buy and sell their home. For Maryland real estate and homes see www.GretchenConley.com. If you need to Short Sale your Maryland home please contact me for more information.