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Cobb County Tax - What to Expect in 2014

Cobb County Tax

Every year end brings a close to previous plans and ambitions. A new year brings forth new prospects in nearly all affairs. The same approach extends to the taxation field. A new year brings the realization of an overview of the same. Cobb County uses taxes to finance their operations similar to other states and countries. Taxation systems involve different forms and approaches from corporate tax to personal income tax. One form of taxation in all Georgia counties is the property tax. This form of tax has often led to contention based on tax assessment value. Often the revaluation of tax assessments lead to higher levels of taxation.

Cobb County GA Property Taxes: Scheduled Site Visits

Cobb Tax Appeal Service

In accordance with Georgia Law (OCGA 48-5-264.1), the chief appraiser, other members of the county property appraisal staff, and members of the county board of tax assessors may go upon property outside of buildings, posted or otherwise, in order to carry out the duty of updating property records to facilitate the estimating of the fair market values of taxable property in the county.

Board of Equalization Georgia, Arbitration, and Hearing Officer


My last blog talked about how to appeal your tax assessment and its process. As discussed, you may opt to appeal to the County Board of Equalization, to a Hearing Officer or to an Arbitrator. To help you with your decision, I decided to discuss further how these 3 work and their differences.

Cobb County Tax Assessor Appeal Deadline

Cobb County Tax Assessor

The Cobb County tax assessor appeal deadline for commercial properties is coming up very soon. The 2013 deadline for commercial property is June 3. You still have approximately one week to appeal these commercial values. After the June 3 deadline there is no option for for a property tax appeal in 2013. The law is very clear in this respect. The appeal period is 45 days from the notice date, no if's and's or but's.

Cobb County Tax Assessor - Apartment Appeals

Cobb County Tax Assessor

The Cobb County apartment market has been on fire in recent years due to the high number of foreclosures and families losing their homes. Despite attractive interest rates, home buyers remain on the sidelines due to stringent mortgage underwriting. It has really been the perfect storm for apartment communities. Now that the great recession is supposedly behind us and the Georgia tax assessors are able to increase values, you can expect apartments to be in the crosshairs of the Cobb County tax assessor.

Cobb County Tax Assessor - Flex Warehouse Appeals

Cobb County Tax Assessor

The Cobb County tax assessor is gearing up to send out 2013 assessment notices to all property owners in Cobb County, Georgia. Last year the Cobb County tax assessment notices came out two weeks after the Gwinnett County notices and we'll see if that happens again. Gwinnett County was sending out their 2013 notices on Friday, April 5. Last year we filed our Cobb County property tax appeals very early during the 45 day appeal period and our board of equalization hearings were scheduled very early in the process. You can realize tax savings quickly if you do the same.

Cobb County Tax Assessor

Cobb County Tax Assessor

It's springtime in Atlanta! Oh wait, it's in the 60s with thunderstorms and a tornado watch and it's only January 30! Such is life in the capital of the new South. If you don't like the weather just wait a little while. There will be a similar tornado watch this spring as the tax assessors begin to send out tax assessment notices to every real property owner in the state of Georgia.

Cobb County Tax Assessor Sends 100% Increases

Cobb County Tax Assessors

The Cobb County Assessors office uses current mass appraisal standards and recent sales data to determine property values.  As a result of the end of the moratorium on assessment increases this year they decided to send out new assessments. Some of the commercial real property values doubled. In many cases they were changing values that were established by the Board of Equalization (BOE) in 2011. The Cobb County Assessors claim they physically inspected all properties that received an increase in tax assessment which allowed them to change BOE values.

Business assets owned by a company or organization used in the day to day operations of the business are considered taxable personal property. All businesses are required to send a detailed report of all property annually unless the total value of the property is less than $7,500.  Failure to do so can result in a 10% penalty.  Reports are due to the Cobb County Assessors office by April 1 each year. Similarly, real property tax returns are due by April 1 and should report any changes to the property description from the prior year. In Georgia if you do not file a property tax return you have, in effect, returned the same value that the tax assessors had on it the prior year.

Once returns are received, the Cobb County Assessors office will analyze the value to determine if they agree. If the assessors do not agree with the returned value they have to send an appealable assessment notice to the property owner. In the event that the owner disagrees with the value calculated by the Cobb County Assessors office, a formal appeal must be submitted in writing within 45 days of the value notice date.  Generally, it's best to send the appeal documentation via certified mail to ensure proper delivery in a timely manner.  This also ensures you maintain adequate records in the event that the date may be questioned.  At this time, the Cobb County Assessors office does not accept appeals or asset reports electronically.  All paperwork must be delivered by courier, mail, or hand delivered.

Upon receiving the appeal, the Cobb County Assessor office will send an acknowledgement letter to you stating the recommendation to the Board of Tax Assessors.  They will then decide whether to make any changes to the valuation of assets.  In the event that you are not satisfied with any change in valuation, you then have 30 days to file a written appeal to the Board of Equalization.  Once a hearing is set before the board, you will be notified of the hearing date and given the opportunity to present your case during the appeal hearing.  The Cobb County Assessor officer will also have the chance to present evidence there.  If neither side can agree with the Board of Equalization's finding, then the matter can be appealed to the Superior Court for final decision.

The Cobb County Assessors office indicated that after a two year freeze on assessment increases that the State of Georgia imposed on all counties it was time for assessment increases. Especially, they said, because property owners kept appealing during the moratorium, forcing values lower and lower. Of course it is hard to argue that during the moratorium values weren't falling lower and lower. Should you have any additional questions about property taxes contact the Cobb County Assessor's office at 770-528-3100.

To put your 2013 property tax appeal on auto-pilot contact the property tax professionals at Fair Assessments, the Atlanta based property tax management company.

Cobb County Property Tax Assessor

Cobb County Property Tax

There is just over a week remaining to appeal your commercial Cobb County property tax assessments. The Cobb County property tax assessors took the first opportunity to increase values in several years to heart and jacked up a lot of commercial values. I have filed appeals on commercial values that have increases as high as 115%!

Cobb County Tax Assessment

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The Cobb County Tax assessment notices were mailed on Friday, April 20 with an appeal deadline of June 4, 2012. My first phone calls were from commercial property owners that had large increases in assessed values. I was told by the County that the values are based on a new revaluation by the Cobb County tax assessment office. They said that they haven't had a revaluation since 2008 because the Georgia General Assembly placed a three year moratorium on assessment increases.

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