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Georgia Property Tax Appeals Explained   Leave a comment

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By: Jim Joedecke, Jr.

 For many of us, our current tax assessment may be higher than what we feel our homes are currently worth.  The property tax revaluation process rewards property owners with experienced advocates to pursue their legal rights promptly.

 The first step in the process begins after January 1st, with the filing of a schedule (provided by the Board of Tax Assessors), wherein you will state under oath what you believe to be the value of your property.  Any supporting documentation gathered by you and your attorney will be considered by the Board of Tax Assessors.  This will trigger a review by the Board of Tax Assessors, and either a new valuation or appeal.  If the Board of Tax Assessors does not decrease your current valuation, your appeal will proceed to the Board of Equalization for a hearing. 

 If the hearing does not yield satisfactory results, you case could be appealed to Superior Court for litigation.  During the appeal process, you and your attorney will gather evidence of your position of value, including expert appraisal testimony, comparable real estate sales, and other evidence of real estate values in your area. 

 In deciding whether to retain counsel to advocate your rights after you receive or initiate a tax valuation, it is important to keep two things in mind.  First, time is not on your side. There are appeal deadlines and other legal “traps for the unwary” that loom in the tax appeal process.  Second, if you do not initiate an appeal of your tax valuation, you could be stuck with a higher tax bill for years to come.

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 Jim C. Joedecke, Jr. is a Georgia attorney, focusing his practice in civil litigation, particularly business and real estate law matters. 

 His firm, Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C., works with all manner of clients in business and personal matters, providing “big firm” sophistication with suburban law firm attention and service.

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 Copyright © 2009 & 2010, Jim C. Joedecke, Jr. & Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.

Basics on Fighting a Property Tax Increase   Leave a comment

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The property tax revaluation process rewards property owners with experienced advocates to pursue their legal rights promptly. Retaining experienced legal counsel from the outset of the tax revaluation process enhances property owners’ chances of success in decreasing an unjustifiably inflated revaluation.

Once you retain legal counsel in a tax appeal matter, the first step will be for your attorney to appeal or return the increased valuation by the appeal deadline. Your appeal or return, and supporting documentation gathered by you and your attorney, will be considered by the Board of Tax Assessors. If the Board of Tax Assessors does not decrease your revaluation at this step in the process, your appeal will proceed to the Board of Equalization for a hearing. If the hearing does not yield satisfactory results, your case could be appealed to arbitration or Superior Court for litigation. During the appeal process, your attorney will gather evidence of your position of value, including expert appraisal testimony, comparable real estate sales, and other evidence of real estate values in the area of your property.

In deciding whether to retain counsel to advocate your rights after you receive a tax revaluation, it is important to keep two things in mind. First, time is not on your side. There are appeal and return deadlines and other legal “traps for the unwary” that loom in the tax appeal process. Second, if you do not appeal or return your increased tax valuation, you could become stuck with a higher tax bill for years to come.

This article is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice. Due to the fact that tax appeal issues are fact-based and hinge upon the specific circumstances surrounding your property and revaluation, it is important to seek individualized legal counsel to ensure that you receive proper legal counsel concerning this important matter.

By R. Matthew “Matt” Reeves, a senior associate in the litigation department at Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.

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You may, as long as you include this complete bio with it:

 Matt Reeves is a Georgia attorney, focusing his practice in litigation matters. 

 His firm, Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C., works with all manner of clients in business and personal matters, providing “big firm” sophistication with suburban law firm attention and service.

Website: www.atclawfirm.com

Blog: www.andersentatecarr.wordpress.com

 Copyright © 2009 & 2010, Matt Reeves & Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C.

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