The 4-Step Process to Business Personal Property Taxes

When you get a bill from the Cobb County tax assessor office, that means that it’s time to start forking over large sums of money to continue doing business in the county. It’s not a fun time for anyone, but it can be even more hectic for a business that is behind on filing their returns. In fact, though, filing returns is just one step in a detailed process that governs the entire personal property tax cycle. Here’s what business owners in Cobb County need to know about this process, and why following it can help you save money.

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Should You File an Appeal With the Cobb County Tax Assessor?

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What Does a Cobb County Tax Assessor Do?

You know that you have to pay property taxes for your home and the land that you own each year. However, you may not know exactly what goes into determining how much you have to pay, or what the job of your Cobb County tax assessor really is or what they do.

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Help in Seeking Cobb County Tax Relief for Incorrect Property Taxes

Property taxes come around every year. They’re based on the county government’s assessment of your property’ value, multiplied by the local tax rate. Given the fact that property taxes are an annual expense for home and business owners, you’d think that there was a higher than likely chance that the amount being assessed would be accurate. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Too many homeowners are overpaying on their Cobb County tax burdens. Thankfully, there are ways around this. What do you need to know as a Cobb homeowner or business owner?

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Tips for Dealing with a Cobb County Tax Assessor

Property tax is inevitable – if you own a home or a business, you will have to pay taxes to the county in which you’re located. For Cobb County residents, that means you’ll be dealing with the Cobb County tax assessor. Once per year, you’ll receive a notification of what you owe in taxes by mail. That notification can come as something of a shock given the rising rate of property taxes in Georgia (and the still low values of properties). There’s good news, though. Your assessment might actually be inaccurate. If it is, you can have your property taxes reduced. How do you go about doing that?

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Cobb County Tax - What to Expect in 2014

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.

Property owners and titleholders find it challenging to meet these higher tax burdens. Aggrieved individuals could correct this scenario through a property tax appeal. To understand how property taxes are generated it is proper to look at the system. The process commences when the board of tax assessors, a supposedly independent body, review and establish a fair value for all taxable property in the county. The board of tax assesors is formed and delegated duties through the county commissioners. The beginning of every New Year, January 1, is the property valuation date in Georgia. Property owners fill forms that determine exemption or tax subjection. It is important to note that taxable values conform to the state laws.

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Cobb County Tax Assessor in the News

The Cobb County Tax Assessor office is being thrown under the bus by some people that are upset by property tax abatements. The issue that is front and center is a planned mixed use development near the proposed Braves stadium in the Cumberland area. It is interesting that the proposed abatement for the mixed use development has only become "big news" since the announcement of the Braves move to Cobb County. 

The development, known as Riverwalk, is in close proximity to the proposed Braves stadium. As many Cobb County residents were already upset about bankrolling the new stadium with public funds, it isn't surprising that the Riverwalk tax abatement was dragged out front and center. As reported in the Smyrna-Vinings Patch the Development Authority of Cobb County approved a letter of intent to issue $103 million in bonds for the development on September 17, 2013. The Braves deal was announced on November 11, 2013. 

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Cobb County GA Property Taxes: Scheduled Site Visits

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.

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Cobb County Tax Assessor Appeal Deadline

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.

If you want to ensure that your Cobb County property tax is as low as possible be proactive and get your property tax appeal filed. Although the commercial real estate market has recovered since the Great Recession the amount of recovery depends on the property type and the market area. Not all of Cobb County has experienced appreciation that some of the news would have you believe. Some of the commercial property types that are still suffering are limited service hotels, restaurants, and golf courses.

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