Appealing Your Taxes

By
Real Estate Agent with Real Estate One

It's that time of year again! The time of year assessments come from your city and a ton of homeowners storm the gates angrily waving pieces of paper.  If you are one of those people there are a few things you need to know.

First of all, start early.  If you know ahead of time that you are going to be appealing your tax assessment make your appointment as soon as allowable.  Most cities start the appeal process in February - so make sure to check as soon as you have an inkling you will be appealing.

You will first have to meet with your local appeal board - and be prepared for them to turn you down.  Most don't even have to give you a reason.  So be ready to make an appointment with the State Tax Tribunal to appeal.  At the State Tax Tribunal the city assessor will HAVE to give reasons....oh, and the State Tax Tribunal DOES allow you to use foreclosure homes as a comparable, while the local board usually will not. 

If you are using recent comparable property sales to make your case, make sure that all of the properties sold no later than DECEMBER 31 OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR.  Anything from the current year will not factor in to the assment. 

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Comments (4)

Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Maureen,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!

-Keith

Mar 14, 2008 10:56 AM
Dorene Shirley
The Mortgage & Property Connection - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley Real Estate
Maureen - Welcome to the Rain, make sure that you browse the site and become familiar with everything this site has to offer.  The more you browse the more you will learn.  I have found this site to be really helpful to me.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, I will do whatever I can to help.

http://www.doreneshirley.com/

Mar 14, 2008 06:55 PM
Benjamin Clark
Homebuyer Representation, Inc. - Salt Lake City, UT
Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert

Welcome to Active Rain! For some tips on how to get started here, check out my blog entry at ActiveRain Fast-Start Tips for Quick and Easy Points

Happy blogging and good luck!

Mar 15, 2008 05:10 PM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

We invite you back to ActiveRain in 2018!

Much has changed since you last posted to ActiveRain.  I encourage you to take another look at the website.  

  Best to you!

Jun 02, 2018 04:39 PM