Basics on Fighting a Property Tax Increase   1 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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 Matt Reeves is a Georgia attorney, focusing his practice in litigation matters. 

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One response to “Basics on Fighting a Property Tax Increase

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  1. This is one of the main reasons why IRS tax Lawyer may be required.
    They must have several years of experience litigating
    tax liability and auditing cases, and be prepared to represent clients in court.
    However, the Internet offers too much easy opportunity
    for fraud.

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