The Basics of Filing a Property Assessment Appeal

In theory, when your property value goes down, your property tax burden should follow.  However, the taxing authorities rarely perform a county wide reassessment to reevaluate assessment values during fluctuations in the real estate market.  The burden is placed on the property owner to challenge their property tax burden through a property assessment appeal.  Most often, the property owner’s burden is met by submitting a recent property appraisal report to prove the current fair market value of the property is less than the taxed value.  Any type of real property may be appealed, including residential, commercial, and farm properties. 

Many property owners are unfairly required to pay more property tax than similarly situated neighbors.  This disparity may be because your neighbors have successfully appealed their assessment in past years or your existing property assessment may be based on erroneous property data.   Either way, no one should be required to pay more taxes than is obligated under the law.  In order to remedy this problem, property owners are permitted to file an annual property assessment appeal.   Further, if you receive an Assessment Change Notice in response to a remodeling project, an addition to your property, or the purchase of new construction, the property owner may consider filing an interim property assessment appeal. 

Mr. McClellan is available to discuss the assessment appeal process with you and evaluate your likelihood of a successful appeal.

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.

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