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Property Tax Assessment Appeals

What is the difference between my assessed value and fair market value?

What is your fee for representing me before the Board of Assessment Appeals?

Are there any other costs to the property owner?

Do I need to obtain an appraisal report?

When will my tax reduction take effect and is it retroactive?

What taxes will be reduced by my successful assessment appeal?

Does the homeowner need to attend the hearing?

How many cases have you filed before the Board of Assessment Appeals?

What is your firm's success rate?





Q: What is the difference between my assessed value and fair market value?

Your assessed value is used to calculate your property taxes when multiplied by the tax millage rate. In Chester County your assessed value should only be 59% of your current fair market value.  In Lancaster County the ratio is 79%.  Your fair market value is what a willing buyer would pay a willing seller in a competitive environment.


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Q: What is your fee for representing me before the Board of Assessment Appeals?

Our legal fee is contingent on the amount of money that you save.  Therefore, if your appeal is not successful, you will owe me nothing.


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Q: Are there any other costs to the property owner?

For most clients, there are two costs: 1.) $25 filing fee paid to the County Treasurer  and 2.) the cost of an appraisal report (e.g.,  $300-400) paid to the appraiser.


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Q: Do I need to obtain an appraisal report?

Although an appraisal is not required by law or rule, we recommend that all of our clients obtain an appraisal report if they do not have an appraisal report that is less than 12 months old.  An appraisal report prepared by a Pennsylvania Certified Appraiser is the best evidence that we can provide to optimize your assessment reduction.


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Q: When will my tax reduction take effect and is it retroactive?

A successful annual assessment appeal will be effective in January and the assessment is not retroactive.


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Q: What taxes will be reduced by my successful assessment appeal?

In most cases, your assessment is used to calculate three property tax bills: 1.) School Tax Bill (mailed in summer); 2.) County Tax Bill (mailed in winter); and 3.) Municipality Tax Bill (mailed in early spring).  Not all municipalities charge a property tax.


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Q: Does the homeowner need to attend the hearing?

No, that is what you are hiring us to do for you.  Although welcome, the vast majority of our clients do not attend the hearing with us.


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Q: How many cases have you filed before the Board of Assessment Appeals?

At the time of this publication, we have filed approximately 400 appeals.


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Q: What is your firm's success rate?

At the time of this publication, we have helped all of our clients that filed an assessment appeal  in Chester County and Lancaster County receive a reduction, with an average reduction over the past two years of 23%.   However, our firm's past performance cannot guarantee success in your case.   We will do our best to accurately evaluate your chances for success before filing an appeal.


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McClellan Legal LLC is located in Kennett Square and serves clients throughout the areas of Avondale, Chadds Ford, Coatesville, Downingtown, Landenberg, Oxford, Phoenixville, Pottstown, West Chester, & West Grove. We also serve the following towns in Lancaster County: Lancaster, Lititz, Strasburg,Millersville, Ephrata, Leola, Manheim, New Holland, Willow Street, Quarryville, Elizabethtown and Mountville.



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