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How can I appeal my tax assessment? Which houses should I compare, etc

My taxes are very hi. Others have gotten their taxes lowered. Where do I start?
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June 29 2010 - Barclay-Kingston
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December 25 2013
Get a local Realtor to help you obtain a list of comparable properties that have sold in your area. This will give you a basis for why you think your house is over assessed. Then contact your county tax office and ask them if they can send you the appeal paperwork, if you can find it online or if you need to go into their office and pick it up. There are also companies that specialize in this task and they take a percentage of the amount that they save you. Obviously it is in their best interest to save you the maximum amount possible so depending on how long you plan on staying in your home and how much free time you have to do all of the leg work involved, it may be worth calling one of these specialist.
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September 16 2010
I have had two past customers actually have thier homes tax assessment successfully appealed.  The first step is to call your local township and ask them when the deadline is to file.  Here in New Jersey, the townships have a form you fill out, along with three to five recent sold homes (within 6 months) that show your house value needs to be adjusted.  You can ask the realtor who may have sold you the home to see if they can provide you copies of public record solds or have an actual appraiser come out for cost and provide.  You need to compare homes in the same neighborhood or town, same number of bedrooms, baths, square footage, room number, year built.  It's alittle time and legwork, but the financial benefit is worth it; at this point there is nothing to loose.  Good luck.
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September 15 2010
Since you are doing this on your own. I would ask the people that did it and won. Ask them what they did and what worked and what mistakes they learned from doing it. They are your big source of information on your town as to this issue.
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September 15 2010
All good answers, but start with your tax bill. On it, there should be instructions on HOW to challenge the value of your property if you think it is too high. If not, contact the assessors office or whoever is in charge of collecting your property tax. Their contact phone number should be on your bill. Most offices will guide you through the process of appealing your property value, and let you know your time frames on when and how to appeal your property taxes.


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July 16 2010

In order to gather the right comparable sales you need to know the effective date for the last tax assessment on your home.  You also need to know the time period studied by the local assessor in determining the reassessments.  Otherwise your comparable sales may be disqualified.  Confirm these two factors with you local assessor, then start gathering comparable sales.  For example, many states have a January 1 effective date for assessments and assessors study sales for the 12 to 18 months before that date. Sales after January 1 may be disqualified as they will be used to determine next year's assessments.  Agents who volunteer to prepare a Competitive Market Analysis (CMA) should also follow this advice if they want to be effective.

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July 16 2010
You would need to find homes that are comparable in size and amenities to your home that are also within a close geographic distance to your home. Depending on your assessor, you may need up to three comparable properties.

Depending on how your state determines property value, you may also need to review the land value (excluding the home) of comparable properties as similar homes may have the land underneath them valued at a higher or lower rate.

I assisted a family member in getting property taxes adjusted for this year. The Minneapolis assessor became our best friend when we went into the situation asking important questions and without a confrontational attitude.
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