Example of a property tax appeal letter.

As you go through the process of appealing your property taxes and challenging your assessment, it is always a good idea to have much of the communication take place in writing. That allows the homeowner to keep records of the appeal process, helps ensure the case and appeal is not ignored or claimed to have never been received, and it will ensure that any agreed upon deal can’t be contested.

As your read the example letter below that can be used to challenge your assessment, it may be possible that all sections of it do not apply to your particular situation. For example the property tax record card that the local town or county assessor has on file may be accurate, but it may be that the comparable home sales section of the example letter is what applies to your situation. So only use those section that apply, and of course feel free to adjust the example to fit your personal situation.

This is just one tool and resource to use as your challenge your taxes. Click here to get more details on the overall appeal process.

 

Property tax appeal letter

To the Assessor/Tax Tribunal/Board of Review:

Please let this letter serve as my notice to appeal my property tax assessment for the following reasons. I have provided details on why my home is overassessed below.

  • According to the Property Record that you have filed, I have noted the following discrepancies between your records and what is currently in my home.
    • I do not have a deck as indicated. Estimated tax value - $2,200,
    • My home does not have a 3 car garage as indicated. It only has a 2 car garage. Estimated tax value - $1,500.
    • The home is not 1,800 square feet of living space as indicated on your property tax record card. I only have 1,000 square feet. Reduced value of $7,500.

 

 

 

 

Please deduct this amount from my assessment $11,200.

  • The following are structural defects on my property. These defects and needed improvements reduce the value and resell price of my home by the following amounts:
    • Cracked exterior wall - $2,000.
    • Cracked foundation - $5,000.

Please deduct this amount from the value of my property - $7,000

  • The following homes and properties were recently sold on my street and in my neighborhood. These are comparable homes, as they have similar amount of square feet, improvements, and age to the home. I wish to make the following comparable to my home which will show the property taxes on my house are too high.
    • 100 Main Street, assessed value of this home is $250,000. My home is comparable to this.
    • 3040 Tree Road. This house recently sold for $200,000, and it is comparable to my home in square footage, age, and other aspects.

My home should be assessed at a value of $225,000 based on these two comparables.

 

 

 

As you will see from the information I provided above in this letter to challenge and appeal my property taxes, the card you have on file incorrectly states the improvements and condition of my home. In addition, the comparable sales do not support your assessment. My home should be assessed at a value of no greater than $225,000. Please adjust my assessed value accordingly. Or of you would like to discuss this further, I would be glad to stop by to informally discuss, or I can also go through the formal process. I can be reached at 451-555-6712.

Sincerely

John Smith

110 Main Street

 

As noted above, this property tax appeal letter is just an example, and feel free to edit it as needed for your circumstance. You may need to delete certain portions of the letter, modify the amounts, add additional examples (say of improvements or comparable sales) and make other modifications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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