Making a Real Estate Tax Appeal the Right Way

Posted by Daniel Jones on May 3, 2021 11:01:00 AM

For anyone considering a real estate tax appeal in Cobb County or Gwinnett County, it's important to understand the needed steps. You also want to be sure you're contacting the right people and providing the proper information on all required forms -- whether you complete them online or on paper.

If the tax appeal isn't handled the right way, it may be denied simply because it's not complete and can't be looked into fully. You can always appeal again, but it's often faster and easier to provide all the required information the first time, so the appeal can have the best chance of success. Here's what to think about before you file.

Real Estate Tax Appeal

Online or on Paper?

Your real estate tax appeal can be completed one of two ways in most counties. You can fill out the information online, or you can fill it out on paper and mail it to the proper location. Both are effective, and one way is just as valid as the other. But the online option gives you the opportunity to track the appeal, where the on paper version doesn't. If that's important to you, appealing online could be the right choice for your needs.

A Focus on Your County

Both Cobb County and Gwinnett County have options for appealing your real estate taxes. When you appeal in your county, it's with a focus on market data from that county. In other words, the property market in Cobb County will dictate property taxes in that county, and the same is true for Gwinnett County. By making sure you're focused on the right property data, you can have a higher chance of a successful appeal.

Appeal Early, as Time is Limited

Just like in Fulton County and DeKalb County, you only have a set period of time to make a real estate tax appeal. The sooner you get your information to the appeals board, the sooner you'll be able to find out if you can see lowered property taxes or if you'll still be required to pay the originally assessed amount. By appealing quickly, you also show that it's important to you, and that it's something you're willing to pursue. Plus you'll have peace of mind if you win your appeal, so you can move on to other concerns.

Whether you mail your appeal to the board or you go online and file one, making a real estate tax appeal the right way is important whether you're in Cobb County, Gwinnett County, or somewhere else in the state. Appeal if you feel your taxes aren't right, and appeal again if you receive a denial. It's the best way to make sure you're getting fair treatment and paying the right amount for your property.


Topics: Real Estate Tax Appeal

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