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Fulton County Tax Assessors have released the dogs, I mean the 2012 property tax assessment notices. All that I have seen were dated yesterday May 14 and have an appeal deadline of June 28. There isn't a big rush to get these filed as the Fulton Tax Assessor staff is busy working 2011 tax appeal hearings at the Fulton County Board of Equalization.

The Fulton County Board of Equalization (BOE) is always inundated with appeals every year as it can be difficult to get substantial relief from the Tax Assessor's staff. In addition, many people (inluding myself) prefer to have our appeals settled at the Fulton County Board of Equalization due to the property tax law known as 299C. This is a section of the Georgia property tax law that states if your appeal is settled at the BOE or Superior Court, the value should be frozen for three years, unless you change the property or file a return at a different value.

This law is vague however and some counties (Cobb) have used this vagueness to change values the year after BOE decisions. Approximately ten years ago, when I was working for Fulton County, the Chief Appraiser tried to change BOE values as Cobb County has done. However, when the appeals reached the BOE the property owners and their agents cried foul and the BOE changed the values back to the previous year values.

At any rate, I recommend that most people choose the Fulton County Board of Equalization as their second level of appeal because it is free of charge. It may take a long time to get your 2012 appeal settled this way, but there aren't many ways around that. Go ahead and file and prepare your appeal using data from 2011, as the effective date of appraisal in Georgia is January 1.

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I recently met with BOE for my appeal of our 2012 property taxes. Yesterday I received my 2013 Assessment with a FMV different than granted at my hearing. I assume the granted FMV had not had time to make it into the sustem before the 2013 assessments were mailed. How should this discrepancy be handled? Thank you
Posted @ Sunday, June 23, 2013 11:25 AM by Ron J Smith
Fulton digs themselves into a hole every year as the bulk of the prior year appeals are still outstanding when the new values are released. The same thing is happening now. Your 2012 hearing has just been heard and 2013 values are out. I recommend you appeal the 2013 value to preserve your rights. After the BOE decision the 30 day period that you have to file to superior court has to expire before the value becomes final. When the 2012 value becomes final the settled value should roll into 2013. Fulton will likely send you a letter offering to reduce your 2013 value to the 2012 BOE value because you are in appeal for 2013. If they don’t for some reason (mistake?) you will still be in appeal for 2013 and have a right to have your case heard. Technically, appealing 2013 negates the three year freeze that is obtained by getting a BOE decision, but Fulton can be slow to make the necessary changes and before they do the option of appealing the 2013 value can slip away. Just my opinion.
Posted @ Sunday, June 23, 2013 1:38 PM by Daniel Jones
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