Property taxes change depending on the value of a property. Unfortunately, sometimes the property tax assessment does not coincide with the current value of the property. This may cause you to pay more or lesser than what is due. When you notice this type of error, you may want to file an appeal.Here’s how:
Check your tax bill
First thing you need to do is check and recheck your tax bill for any inconsistencies. Descriptions written on the tax bill should be accurate with the actual current condition of the property. If you had a sunroof before but had it removed, make sure to check if it has been updated in your tax bill. Minor renovations can easily be ignored when updating a tax bill.
When you notice any inconsistencies on your tax bill with the current condition of the property, make sure to write it down on a separate sheet of paper. It would also be best if you could take a picture of the property that was wrongly described.
Another great evidence is to get a copy of tax bills of your neighbors who have similar properties. Gather every evidence you can and submit it when needed. Also write down other mitigating circumstances that may have led to the decrease in the value of your property such as a busy street nearby, damages in the property and etc.
File an appeal
Ask the assessor for the deadline date. Mark the date on your calendar and make sure not to miss it. Fill out the form and submit it through a certified mail for documentation. While waiting for the response, hope for the best but also prepare for another appeal in case it gets rejected.
In Las Vegas, Nevada area, there is a 76% success rate for all the appeals that were submitted, according to survey. But that doesn’t mean you will surely succeed as well. If your appeal gets rejected, do not fret. You can still file another appeal to the state board. Just like on the first try, be wary of the deadline dates.
Submit your appeal just like the first one and prepare all the evidences again. There will be more paper works to accomplish, so prepare for that one too. Whenever appearing for a tax assessment hearing, make sure to bring all of your evidences. Be ready to explain and defend your side.
Taxes should be paid but only when it is due. Paying too much or too little for taxes is not right. When you find out that there’s something wrong with your tax bill, do not hesitate to file an appeal right away. Filing for an appeal on property tax may be time consuming but it’s still worth giving a try especially when you’re sure that they had done a mistake.
Through proper filing and documentation of evidence and errors on the tax bill, you stand a greater chance of succeeding on your appeal. Always remember the guidelines set. Make sure you take enough time to prepare for your first appeal. Resubmitting an appeal takes more time and effort to do, so you want success on the first try.