Atlanta, GA Area Property Tax Protest Companies

No one wants to pay more than necessary when it comes to items in their budgets, including taxes. When it comes to personal or commercial property taxes however, assessments can frequently be subjective. This can lead to assessments that are too high for a variety of reasons. Assessments are not an exact science, and that is why there is a process for protesting property tax assessments. While this is a process an individual can embark upon by themselves, most are too busy. This is where a tax protest company can provide value.

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How Experience and Expertise Helps in Reducing Property Tax

If there was a powerful tool available to you to potentially help reduce your Gwinnett County or Cobb County commercial property tax, would you use it? On the surface, you would think the answer would be a resounding yes. After all, who wouldn't want to take steps to reduce expenses and improve the bottom line, especially in challenging economic times. Yet, many property owners either don't choose to use the tool or will attempt to use it on their own, possibly reducing the effectiveness of their tax assessment appeal.

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The Basics of High Property Tax

Keep in mind that property taxes are the local governments’ primary sources of revenue. For this reason, whenever the local governments are in need of additional funds, such as when the state cuts its budget for the counties, the homeowners will likely shoulder the burden – and, thus, the high property tax on your home. 

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The Importance of Research in Property Tax Appeal

Do you want to lower property taxes but you don’t know where to start? Do you want to win your property tax appeal but you’re frustrated about your losing streak in the previous years? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then one of your first steps should be to conduct comprehensive research.

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Reasons for Your Home’s High Property Tax

Several reasons will be behind the high property tax on your home, some of which are within your control while some aren’t in your control. You should look into these reasons so you have the opportunity to decrease your tax payments, whether through appeals made to the Board of Assessors/Board of Equalization or through new declarations. 

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DeKalb County Tax Assessor 2013

It is almost property tax appeal time again in DeKalb County GA. The DeKalb County tax assessor will be sending out 2013 property tax assessment notices soon. One of the DeKalb County appraisers told me a week ago that the envelopes were in but they weren’t quite ready to print the assessment notices yet. DeKalb County tax assessor is implementing a new mass appraisal system this year. This is a computer assisted mass appraisal system, which stores all of the property data and also has several different approaches to value built in so that they can appraise the property. It remains to be seen if they will get the property tax assessment notices out soon, or whether it will be a little later in the month. Last year DeKalb County tax assessor notices went out at the end of May.

The DeKalb County Board of Equalization is still holding hearings on 2012 values. They will probably continue holding hearings on 2012 values even after the 2013 values have been mailed. I think things at the DeKalb County Board of Equalization or moving along nicely, though. Compared to last year, going to the Board of Equalization is a dream. The past two years the hearings have been on a first-come-first-serve basis. Last year when you showed up early for a hearing you found scores of other people already there in a sweltering hot room. This year the Board of Equalization hearings appear to be moving along a little better and they are not scheduling nearly as many people on the same day.

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