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Are Your Taxes Too High
Dated: November 21 2016
If you think your property taxes are unfairly high, the time to file a tax appeal is now. There is a deadline of January 15th for filing an appeal. Homeowners can appeal without the assistance of a Realtor, appraiser or attorney, but the process is normally complicated and difficult for those not experienced in doing so. One must know how and where to file, how to present a case, and have knowledge as to laws and procedures. By law, it is assumed the current property assessments are correct and the burden of proof is on the homeowner or their representatives to prove they are wrong.
It should be noted that it is actually the property assessments that are appealed, not the taxes themselves. The taxes are directly based on the assessment, and lowering the assessment means lowering the taxes.
An overwhelming majority of homeowners fail in their attempts to win appeals, when doing it without appraiser assistance, for a number of reasons. Most do not understand the laws and procedures, and do not know what evidence is necessary to prove a case. The best way to win an appeal is by presenting a market analysis done by an NJ Real Estate professional. An appraisal is the most accepted way of proving the value of a property, and is by far the most important evidence tax assessors and county tax commissioners want to see. Please feel free to call me with any questions you might have.