Hey, 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 www.TheCoyleGroupLLC.com You can also contact The Coyle Group at 215-836-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org