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Know Your Fulton County Property Tax In Two Ways

Posted by Jill Noelle Olandria on Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 07 AM

The Tax Commissioner sets the Fulton County property tax based on several factors. These include the appraised value, assessed value (i.e., 40% of the appraised value), and exemption status of the property, as provided by the Board of Tax Assessors, as well as the millage rates provided by the Board of Commissioners.

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Four Exemptions to Reduce Your Fulton County Tax Assessment

Posted by Jill Noelle Olandria on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 06 AM

Many property owners will have complaints or concerns about their Fulton County tax assessment notices particularly in terms unreasonable assessments. While appeals can be filed against the assessment, property owners are well-advised to look into homestead exemptions first. Once approved, these exemptions will reduce the property tax payable without the usual hassles involved in the appeals process.

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DeKalb County Tax Assessment Freeze and Appeal 101

Posted by Jill Noelle Olandria on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 06 AM

When you believe that the DeKalb County tax assessment is unreasonable, you have two choices. You can either file for a tax assessment freeze on your real property’s assessed value or file a property tax assessment appeal, both of which have their pros and cons. You should discuss these pros and cons with your tax consultant so as to determine the best decision for your case.

It also pays to have basic information about a tax assessment freeze and property tax appeals particularly the temporary billing value in case of an appeal.

Tax Freeze Basics

With home values on the rise, you will want to reduce your property tax liability. You can consider filing for a tax assessment freeze on your real property’s assessed value. You are making a smart move in this case when you have already applied for your homestead exemption and your property taxes have been increasing in previous years.  

Under the law of the State of Georgia, you can notify your Tax Commissioner about your desire to have your property’s current value frozen for tax purposes. The time to do so is prior to April 1 each year, just before the DeKalb County tax assessment notices are mailed.

The obvious advantage: Your real property’s assessed value for tax purposes will be maintained even when property values continue to increase. Your property taxes will essentially remain the same or similar in amount because of the freeze. Once set, the frozen assessed value cannot be decreased (i.e., re-frozen at a lower level).

Another type of property tax assessment freeze occurs when you file a property tax appeal. Provided you settle your appeal at the board of equalization or superior court the tax assessment is frozen for three years. This freeze is temporary unless you continue to appeal every three years and get the value frozen again.

But there are certain exceptions that you must discuss with the Tax Assessor. First, the DeKalb County tax assessment freeze will be revoked or removed when a building permit is issued for the property. The freeze will also be removed if you file a property tax return, sell the property, or appeal again during the three year freeze.

Temporary Value Basics

Let’s assume that you have filed a DeKalb County tax assessment appeal but it remains unresolved when the tax bill is mailed. Lest you think that you can skip on paying your tax property for the year, think again – you will still receive a tax bill but it will be based on a temporary value pending the result of your appeal.

The calculation for the temporary value can be one of these three options:

  • Lesser amount of your property’s last final value or 85 percent of its current year value;
  • 85 percent of its current year value or pay the 85 percent tax bill coupled with the difference between the last final tax bill and the 85 percent tax bill, in case your property is non-homestead and with a $2 million and above value;
  • Billed at 100 percent of the current value, which you should specify and when there are no substantial property improvement

The tax authorities will apply the first option in case you don’t specify your preference. Upon resolution of your appeal, the difference will either be re-billed or refunded with applicable interest, if any.

Do you have more questions about the DeKalb County tax assessment freeze and appeal? Call us at Fair Assessments and we will do our best to answer your questions.

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“When” Questions about the DeKalb County Property Tax

Posted by Jill Noelle Olandria on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 06 AM

In the payment of the DeKalb County property tax, time is of the essence. You should pay your property tax on time to avoid financial consequences particularly the payment of interest, penalty, and additional charges in addition to the principal amount.

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Your DeKalb County Tax Consultant and Your Arbitration Case

Posted by Jill Noelle Olandria on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 06 AM

When you have serious concerns about the assessed value of your real property, your first step should be to call or visit the Board of Assessors’ (BOA) office to discuss your concerns. But when you and the county staff appraiser fail to come to an agreement, you may want to hire a DeKalb County tax consultant. You will then have an experienced advocate on your side that will aggressively fight for winning your appeal during the arbitration.

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Tricks for Fulton County Property Tax Reduction

Posted by Jill Noelle Olandria on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 06 AM

The following tips for Fulton County property tax reduction require achieving a good balance between increasing the beauty of your home for your own enjoyment and decreasing its fair market value for tax reduction purposes. You have to decide which home improvement projects can increase the beauty of your home without resulting in substantial increases in its appraised value.

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What to Do About the DeKalb County Tax Rate

Posted by Jill Noelle Olandria on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 06 AM

Like it or not, the DeKalb County tax rate is one of the highest in the State of Georgia, even in the entire United States, resulting in high tax payments for property owners. Fortunately, there are options for reducing the tax assessments and tax bills that property owners can take advantage of.

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4 Things Fulton County Tax Advisors Can Be of Help

Posted by Jill Noelle Olandria on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 06 PM

Many property owners are reluctant to hire Fulton County tax advisors because of their fear of the costs involved. But this may be an unreasonable fear where the projected tax savings outweigh the costs (i.e., professional fees) of the services.

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Property Tax Assessment and the Fulton County Tax Assessors 101

Posted by Jill Noelle Olandria on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 06 AM

New property owners will initially be at a loss about the annual notice of assessment issued by the Fulton County Tax Assessor for obvious reasons. The notice may even be filled with unfamiliar terms, such as appraised value, assessed value, and estimated tax, among others.

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What You Should Know About the Fulton County Tax Rate

Posted by Jill Noelle Olandria on Fri, Jun 05, 2015 @ 06 AM

Owners of real property in Fulton County have the responsibility of paying their property taxes in the right amount, at the right time, and to the right authorities. Their knowledge about the Fulton County tax rate is important in this regard considering that it is a factor used in the computation of the total tax bill.

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