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Interim Assessment Appeals

When a taxing authority raises your existing assessment based on an improvement to the property, the property owner will receive an Assessment Change Notice that will provide the property owner with an opportunity to immediately file an interim assessment appeal.  There is no need to wait for the annual assessment appeal open season.   Property owners have 40 days from the date of the Assessment Change Notice to appeal their changed assessment.   A successful interim appeal is typically retroactive back to the date of the Assessment Change Notice. 

Addition or Remodel Existing Property

The most common situation when a property owner will receive an Assessment Change Notice is following the property owner remodeling the property (e.g., finishing the basement, adding a bathroom, adding additional living space) or adding a new structure (e.g., adding a pool, a deck, or an out building).  An interim assessment appeal filed following an Assessment Change Notice challenges only the remodeled or added features, not the entire property. 

New Construction

When a property owner buys new construction, the taxing authority will send an Assessment Change Notice with a changed assessment that accounts for the value of the new structure.  Typically, the prior assessment was merely based on the land value of the property.   The initial assessment for new construction is often several percent higher than the purchase price.  Therefore, all purchasers of new construction should determine if their assessment matches the purchase price.    


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