Property taxes too high? Here's how to fight back!

Have you received your property tax valuation notice for next year? 
 
You should have received them by now.
 
And that starts the clock on the appeal process.

You only have until April 22 to file an appeal with the county Assessor's Office if you think your taxable value is too high.
 
Here's a link to the Maricopa County Assessor's Office appeals process.
 
You can request a meeting with the office, or send in your appeal. 
 
Either way, you need proof that there is an issue.
 
That could mean comparing your tax bill to others with similar homes in your area.. 
 
It could also be a size issue.
 
Recently, we aired a story about a property tax mistake in Cave Creek.
 
We found the Maricopa Assessor's office added a second floor to 41 homes in the Tatum Ranch development.
 
Records showed the homes had about about 350 square feet they didn't have.
 
The office said it happened when there was a software conversion.
 
Owners will get three years of property tax refunds.
 
So, check your square footage of record and if you there are concerns, have home measured.
 
If there's a marked difference, take it up with your Assessor's office.
 
If you don't agree with the their decision, you have 25 days to file a petition with your counties Board of Equalization
 
If you don't like that decision, you have 60 days to take the issue to tax court. 
 
Or you could avoid that whole process, and just go to tax court by December 15.
 
And remember, while the recent property tax valuation notice says 2015, the values actually come from market conditions during the summer of 2012 to the summer of 2013. 
 
Let me know if you have a property tax error or any other consumer problem. You can email me or "like" the LetJoeKnow Facebook page and tell me about it there.
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