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Dispute Your Property Tax

Did you know? You Can Dispute your Tax Assessment.

Locally, many residents may have just received their property tax assessment for the year. For many first-time homebuyers, they might not know that they could be incorrect, and for veteran homebuyers, they just assume it’s correct without looking into it and it could end up costing you thousands. The truth is, it is estimated that 30 – 60% of taxable properties are over assessed, and only about 5% of homebuyers actually go through the process of appealing their property tax assessments.

Two main reasons to dispute your property taxes are: if you received your property tax bill and feel that your home was over-assessed, or if you think the assessment is accurate but realized there are exemptions you are eligible for. State and local tax authorities offer a wide variety of exemptions for property taxes, and some states will grant taxpayers multiple exemptions if they qualify.

To decide whether you should dispute your property tax assessment, you’ll have to figure out how much higher the assessment was than what you believe your property is worth. If the assessment is only $2,000 or $3,000 higher than the true value, that probably won’t affect your tax bill enough to be worth appealing.

Don’t be concerned about appealing your property taxes, there are no penalties for filing an appeal, and they won’t charge you higher taxes in retaliation. Remember, you’re not fighting with your county tax collector; you’re simply requesting a review of the documentation to make sure everything’s correct.

So, how do you file an appeal? You’ll need to contact your county clerk (usually by online or email) and they can point you in the right direction, some properties may require you contact your state tax commission. The best place to start is by visiting your county website and looking at the tax information.

We can help! Reach out to us and we would be happy to run comparable properties in effort to help you dispute the value.

You do have a limited amount of time to appeal an assessment, usually 30 days from when it was issued, so don’t delay, it could save you thousands.

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