The appeals process for property tax is more complicated than other federal or state taxes because the rules and regulations are made up by the local taxing authority and the state. What's common is that there are two aspects to keep in mind – appraisals and assessments. When you get a notice to pay your property tax, it will include the appraisal—which is the value of your property—and the assessment, which is the actual amount of tax you have to pay. You can appeal against the second part if you think the assessment is wrong.
There are a few legal issues and procedures you need to be familiar with when contesting property tax assessments, including:
The first step to contesting your property tax assessment is to read the notice carefully. It will provide all the details you need, including the deadline for filing an appeal and where and how to file it. The standard period for a hearing appeal filing is within 90 days after you get the notice. You will need to provide hard facts about why the assessment is wrong.
This hearing is not meant for people who are unable to pay the tax. If you do not have the resources to pay the full tax right away, you can ask for an installment plan. There may also be valid reasons for exemptions, depending on the type of property and its use.
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