If you own a piece of property, you are going to have to pay taxes on that property. Even after you have paid off the building itself, you still have to pay taxes. There is simply no way around it. Since you will have to pay your property taxes year after year, you want to make sure they are as accurate as possible. After all, you don’t want to end up spending more than you should on your DeKalb County property taxes. However, that’s just what many people are doing.
Therefore, you want to pay close attention to the tax bill when it arrives. You need to be sure that you are not paying too much for your property taxes. The tax assessors do not make errors on your taxes on purpose, but they have a large number of properties that need assessment. The techniques that are used to provide the assessments are not always as hands-on as they should be, and this means that errors and omissions can occur that could result in your property taxes being higher than they should be.
By examining the tax bill and looking at your home’s assessed value, you can get an idea of whether there might have been a mistake.
Why Does Your Property Have the Wrong Value?
You might be wondering just why and how there could have been a mistake made with your assessment. The truth of the matter is that there are many different things that could have gone wrong along the way. There could have been a mistake in the paperwork that has been there for years and that you just now noticed. For example, the paperwork that the assessor’s office is using might show that you have more square footage than you actually have. There might be a math error, an error in transcribing the numbers, or there could have been a change in the neighborhood that has caused the values of properties to rise. Many potential factors could be at play.
What Do You Need to Do?
When you find that there could be problems with your property taxes, what are you supposed to do? Ignoring them and hoping that things get fixed by the next time you pay property taxes is the wrong answer. You want to make sure that you are taking action and getting the problem fixed.
You need to file the appeal on time and properly, and you need to pay attention to the amount of time you have to gather the evidence for your appeal. You will also have to go to a hearing to have your property tax appeal heard. If this sounds like it is a lot of work, that’s because it is. You probably do not have the time and energy needed to handle all of this on your own in addition to living the rest of your life. It can sometimes feel like a part-time job all on its own.
The best course of action is to make sure that you aren’t working on fixing the problem alone. Instead, you will want to make sure that you are choosing professionals that can handle the appeals process for you and make sure that you are on the right track. They can look at your situation, help you find the evidence needed for the appeal, and let you know if you have a case for an appeal in the first place.
Why Work with Professionals?
In addition to making your life easier, you will find that there are other benefits to working with a professional on your DeKalb County property tax appeal. First, when you choose a professional who has been working in the field for a number of years, you are hiring their expertise. They have the knowledge that is needed to understand the legal ins and outs of the system and to let you know if you have a case to appeal at all. They understand what makes assessors make certain decisions and can let you know why your assessment is what it is or why there might be an error.
The professionals will also be able to take care of the research on your property and finding the evidence needed to show that you should win your appeal. For the layperson, it can be difficult to know exactly what type of evidence is needed and even where to find it. It’s also easy to make a mistake when you are trying to do all of this on your own. The pros will be able to look at your DeKalb County property tax assessment and the data that the assessor used to see if and where there might be an error. This will let them know the type of evidence they need and likely where they will be able to find it.
Their experience and knowledge mean they will be able to find this information far faster than you would be able to do on your own. If you are like many people, you do not have the time and energy to take care of filing an appeal and gathering the evidence you need. By working with the pros, you can make things far easier for yourself.
It Is Time to Get in Touch with Us
Instead of wasting time trying to figure out exactly what you should be doing about your appeal, you will want to get into contact with us right away. After all, you will only have a limited amount of time to file your DeKalb County property tax appeal. Check out what Fair Assessments, LLC can offer. We have decades of experience in the field of valuing real estate, and we know how to reduce the taxes for our customers. If you have been worried about fighting through an appeal, it is time to make things quite a bit easier for yourself. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.