Landlords with growing rental portfolios looking to build wealth know that even as you pay off your mortgages, your property tax bills aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they are most likely going up every year. That’s why contesting your property tax increase is extremely important; you are lowering your baseline for years to come. Plus, according to the National Taxpayers Union, a whopping 60 percent of homes are overvalued for property tax purposes. While the exact process of appeal varies by state, ABC News highlights the three common arguments you can make to appeal your tax assessment:
The assessor incorrectly described your house.Draw on your copy-editing skills to make sure the assessor didn’t make any mistakes. For instance, if the square footage is wrong, you have the opportunity to properly document the correct numbers and contest the assessment.
You have a current appraisal for less than the assessment.If you recently bought the house or have an updated appraisal that’s less than the tax assessed value, you have a pretty strong case for an appeal.
The assessor made poor comparisons in valuing your house.ABC News states that you need to prove a 10 percent difference between your property and comparable properties to be able to contest the assessment.
Keep in mind that you often have as little as 30 days to appeal your tax assessment, so don’t waste any time. Many lawyers can help you with this process on a contingency basis. Find a tax lawyer in your area through Lawyer.com or find additional help in the full ABC News article. For more ideas on maximizing your rental profits, see our blog category “Maximizing Rental Profits.”
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