Tax Appeal Deadline Approaching!!!

The Coyle Goup - Tax Appeal - Philadelphia AppraisersHey, I know it’s kind of last-minute but, if you or your clients live in Montgomery, Bucks, Chester or Delaware County you have until the end of business August 1, 2015 to file the paperwork for your tax assessment appeal.  If you live in the City of Philadelphia you have until Monday, October 5, 2015 to file your appeal.  This is a great way to reduce your tax burden.  It typically involves filing the necessary paperwork with the county assessors office along with a fee.  You should check with your county assessors office to find out what the exact fee may be.

After that, if you live in the Counties, you will receive a hearing date at which time you will be able to plead your case in front of the Board of Assessment (please note that Philadelphia works a little differently, go figure).  You will want to take with you any evidence, photos or data that would demonstrate that your property is over-assessed (MLS Sheets will usually not cut it) .  The most effective way to illustrate your case to the board is with a current appraisal of your property showing that the value is less that implied assessment value and they you deserve relief.  Now, some folks represent themselves at the hearing, others hire attorneys to handle their case.  Either way the burden of proof is on the property owner.

Real Estate Agents: this is a great way for you to reconnect with past clients by offering them professional assistance without trying to sell.  Imagine how happy our past client would be if you were able to help them save hundreds or thousands of dollars off their tax bills each year!

If you have any questions or if we can help you or your clients determine if an appeal is reasonable, feel free to contact our office before the deadline.  We can also help you with an appraisal of the property prior to the hearing.  Good luck!!

The Coyle Group’s team of Philadelphia appraisers are a leading provider of appraisals for Estate/Probate, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Tax Appeal and Pre-Listing. If you need a guest speaker at your next sales meeting, please give us a call. We would welcome to opportunity to speak to your group and field any appraisal related questions you may have. For more information please visit our website at You can also contact The Coyle Group at 215-836-5500 or


Bucks County Raises Taxes

December 22, 2011:  In an article posted today on the  website, Staff Writer, Gary Weckselblatt, writes about the decision of the Bucks County Commissioners to increase taxes by 5.7%.  In return, the county plans to spend slightly less in the new year than it did in 2010.

The increase is the first in six years.  The county spending plan of $461.8 million will be funded by upping the county millage rate to 1.258.  Also, implemented will be a hiring freeze and potential staff reductions.

While the increase is not as drastic as those implemented in neighboring counties, it will cause some residents to seek relief.  Given that property values in Bucks County are stable at best (declining in some areas), many property owners will likely turn to appealing their property tax assessments as a way to stave off the increases and, perhaps, lower their tax burden.

The Up Side…this is a good time for property owners to explore assessment reduction.  Reducing your assessment will effectively reduce your tax burden. 

When appealing your assessment it is imperative to have the best sales data available, to support your case.  Having an appraisal of your property completed by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser to submit with your appeal will give property owners the best chances of winning a reduction. 

Property owners may also want to hire a tax assessment reduction firm to represent their appeal.  There are many firms that specialize in assessment appeals as well as a number of attorneys that make it part of their overall practice.  Typically, they will take care of filing the appeal and will represent you at the hearing.  They will usually work on a contingency basis, meaning they will not receive a fee unless you get a reduction.  Their fees are usually a percentage of the reduction.  When looking for someone to represent you, be sure that they have experience with tax appeals and that they have a proven record of success in front of your particular Board of Assessment.  All the Boards are different and knowing that your representative has had success in front of your Board will only make your case stronger.

To read the full article, visit the following link.  Bucks Spends Less, You Pay More

If you have any questions about tax assessment appeal or property value , please feel free to call or email The Coyle Group at 215.836.5500 or