Fill out our Commercial Property Tax Appeal Questionnaire to have your Arizona Commercial Property considered for a Contingency Fee Tax Appeal

Written By: Arizona Property Tax Appeal Lawyer - Jan• 25•11

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PROPERTY TAX APPEAL QUESTIONNAIRE pdf

What is the burden of proof in an Arizona Tax Appeal?

Written By: Arizona Property Tax Appeal Lawyer - Jan• 21•11

PROPERTY TAXES – I WANT TO APPEAL, BUT WHAT DO I HAVE TO PROVE?

The appeal process can be intimidating and although property owners have the right to appeal property taxes, the burden of proof can be overwhelming.

According to the Maricopa County Tax Court, property owners asking for an appeal have the responsibility to prove their case. What does that mean? What types of evidence should homeowners gather?

The answers to these important questions depend on what you are trying to appeal. In general, property owners are appealing two things

(1) My Taxes are too high because the Assessor valued my property too high.

If you fall into this category you want to provide expert evidence as to the property’s actual full cash value (i.e. market value). To do this the most reliable source of evidence is a signed appraisal by a state certified appraiser. If you present an appraiser’s written report of the property’s value, the appraiser does not have to attend the trial to testify, if you are proceeding under the small claims tax procedures.

(2) My taxes are too high because the Assessor classified my property incorrectly.

To prove the Assessor classified your property incorrectly you must know the classification codes. Arizona Revised Statutes, sections 42-12001 through 42-12009 describe the classes of property uses upon which tax valuation is based. All property in Arizona is classified according to its current use. If you intend to dispute the classification of your property, you need to prove how you use the property. If the assessor has changed the classification and the property has not been sold or transferred, you must prove that your property should be in a different classification

The appeal process can be complex and tedious. The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran understands the statutes and classifications that control Property Tax Appeals. Contact the Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran if you are in need of a property tax appeal.

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The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran can help you appeal your property taxes and make sure you don’t pay more property taxes than needed.

Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.

(Real Estate Lawyer Licensed to Practice Law in Arizona & California)

(877) 276-5084

For General Information regarding property taxes and the appeal process visit

www.maricopa.gov/Assessor/FaqAll_Pf.aspx

http://www.sboe.state.az.us/howto.php

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/Self-ServiceCenter/forms/Index.asp.

Two things are certain – death, and YOU CAN CHALLENGE YOUR TAXES!

Written By: Arizona Property Tax Appeal Lawyer - Jan• 21•11

PROPERTY TAXES – TWO METHODS OF APPEAL, ONE GOAL….LOWER TAXES!!!

According to the State Board of Equalization, January 1st is the property valuation date for the following tax year. The County Assessor must mail the NOTICE of Value card to property owners no later than March 1st. This notice will tell the property owner two important things:

(1) FULL CASH VALUE – this is the equivalent of market value and is used to determine the amount of property taxes owed.

(2) LEGAL CLASSIFICATION – this is the Assessors classification of what type of property you own and is vital in determining the amount of property taxes you owe.

If either of these two items is incorrect you might be paying too much in property taxes. If you believe the “FULL CASH VALUE” is greater than the real market value of your property or that the LEGAL CLASSIFICATION is incorrect you have two methods of appeal:

(1) ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL – This appeal process is outlined in the Arizona Revised Statutes. (See A.R.S.  42-16501).

COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE (STEP ONE)

  • This process includes filing a petition with the County Assessor.
  • The filing deadline is printed on the Notice of Value card.
  • You must file your appeal within 60 days after the card was mailed to you. See A.R.S. 42-16051.
  • You may also request a meeting with the Assessor’s office or submit written evidence that supports your appeal. The Assessor’s office has until August 15th to respond to this first appeal.

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (STEP TWO)

  • If you do not agree with the decision you may file an appeal with the Board of Equalization for the county which your property is located in.
  • The petition must be filed within 25 days of the date the Assessor’s decision was mailed to you.
  • If desired, you may skip this step and file an appeal directly with the Tax Court within 60 days. See A.R.S. 42-16056, 16157, 16201.
  • Here is a link to the Board of Equalization’s Website http://www.sboe.state.az.us/

TAX COURT (STEP THREE)

  • If you are not happy with the Board Of Equalization’s decision, you may appeal to the Tax Court. This must be done no later than 60 days after the decision. See A.R.S. 16168, 16203.

(2) JUDICIAL APPEAL – This appeal process is outlined in the Arizona Revised Statutes. (See A.R.S. 42-16201-16205)

  • You may elect to bypass the entire Administrative Process by filing your appeal directly with the Tax Court at any time after receiving the notice by the Assessor (as long as you haven’t already begun the Administrative Process).
  • You must file the appeal with the Tax Court by December 15th.
  • You will be responsible for court fee’s such as filing fees.
  • Here is a link to the Arizona Tax Court:

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/Self-ServiceCenter/forms/Index.asp.

The appeal process can be complex and tedious. Contact the Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran if you are in need of a property tax appeal. The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran can help you appeal your property taxes and make sure you don’t pay more property taxes than needed.

____________________________________________________

Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.

(Real Estate Lawyer Licensed to Practice Law in Arizona & California)

(877) 276-5084

For General Information regarding property taxes and the appeal process visit

www.maricopa.gov/Assessor/FaqAll_Pf.aspx

http://www.sboe.state.az.us/howto.php

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/Self-ServiceCenter/forms/Index.asp.

How to challenge the county tax assessor in Arizona

Written By: Arizona Property Tax Appeal Lawyer - Jan• 21•11

PROPERTY TAXES – TWO METHODS OF APPEAL, ONE GOAL….LOWER TAXES!!!

According to the State Board of Equalization, January 1st is the property valuation date for the following tax year. The County Assessor must mail the NOTICE of Value card to property owners no later than March 1st. This notice will tell the property owner two important things:

1) FULL CASH VALUE – this is the equivalent of market value and is used to determine the amount of property taxes owed.

2) LEGAL CLASSIFICATION – this is the Assessors classification of what type of property you own and is vital in determining the amount of property taxes you owe.

If either of these two items is incorrect you might be paying too much in property taxes. If you believe the “FULL CASH VALUE” is greater than the real market value of your property or that the LEGAL CLASSIFICATION is incorrect you have two methods of appeal:

(1) ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL – This appeal process is outlined in the Arizona Revised Statutes. (See A.R.S.  42-16501).

COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE (STEP ONE)

  • This process includes filing a petition with the County Assessor.
  • The filing deadline is printed on the Notice of Value card.
  • You must file your appeal within 60 days after the card was mailed to you. See A.R.S. 42-16051.
  • You may also request a meeting with the Assessor’s office or submit written evidence that supports your appeal. The Assessor’s office has until August 15th to respond to this first appeal.

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (STEP TWO)

  • If you do not agree with the decision you may file an appeal with the Board of Equalization for the county which your property is located in.
  • The petition must be filed within 25 days of the date the Assessor’s decision was mailed to you.
  • If desired, you may skip this step and file an appeal directly with the Tax Court within 60 days. See A.R.S. 42-16056, 16157, 16201.
  • Here is a link to the Board of Equalization’s Website http://www.sboe.state.az.us/

TAX COURT (STEP THREE)

  • If you are not happy with the Board Of Equalization’s decision, you may appeal to the Tax Court. This must be done no later than 60 days after the decision. See A.R.S. 16168, 16203.

(2) JUDICIAL APPEAL – This appeal process is outlined in the Arizona Revised Statutes. (See A.R.S. 42-16201-16205)

  • You may elect to bypass the entire Administrative Process by filing your appeal directly with the Tax Court at any time after receiving the notice by the Assessor (as long as you haven’t already begun the Administrative Process).
  • You must file the appeal with the Tax Court by December 15th.
  • You will be responsible for court fee’s such as filing fees.
  • Here is a link to the Arizona Tax Court:

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/Self-ServiceCenter/forms/Index.asp.

The appeal process can be complex and tedious. Contact the Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran if you are in need of a property tax appeal. The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran can help you appeal your property taxes and make sure you don’t pay more property taxes than needed.

____________________________________________________

Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.

(Real Estate Lawyer Licensed to Practice Law in Arizona & California)

(877) 276-5084

For General Information regarding property taxes and the appeal process visit

www.maricopa.gov/Assessor/FaqAll_Pf.aspx

http://www.sboe.state.az.us/howto.php

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/Self-ServiceCenter/forms/Index.asp.

There are two means to challenge a property tax appeal in Arizona

Written By: Arizona Property Tax Appeal Lawyer - Jan• 21•11

PROPERTY TAXES – TWO METHODS OF APPEAL, ONE GOAL….LOWER TAXES!!!

According to the State Board of Equalization, January 1st is the property valuation date for the following tax year. The County Assessor must mail the NOTICE of Value card to property owners no later than March 1st. This notice will tell the property owner two important things:

1) FULL CASH VALUE – this is the equivalent of market value and is used to determine the amount of property taxes owed.

2) LEGAL CLASSIFICATION – this is the Assessors classification of what type of property you own and is vital in determining the amount of property taxes you owe.

If either of these two items is incorrect you might be paying too much in property taxes. If you believe the “FULL CASH VALUE” is greater than the real market value of your property or that the LEGAL CLASSIFICATION is incorrect you have two methods of appeal:

(1) ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL – This appeal process is outlined in the Arizona Revised Statutes. (See A.R.S.  42-16501).

COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE (STEP ONE)

  • This process includes filing a petition with the County Assessor.
  • The filing deadline is printed on the Notice of Value card.
  • You must file your appeal within 60 days after the card was mailed to you. See A.R.S. 42-16051.
  • You may also request a meeting with the Assessor’s office or submit written evidence that supports your appeal. The Assessor’s office has until August 15th to respond to this first appeal.

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (STEP TWO)

  • If you do not agree with the decision you may file an appeal with the Board of Equalization for the county which your property is located in.
  • The petition must be filed within 25 days of the date the Assessor’s decision was mailed to you.
  • If desired, you may skip this step and file an appeal directly with the Tax Court within 60 days. See A.R.S. 42-16056, 16157, 16201.
  • Here is a link to the Board of Equalization’s Website http://www.sboe.state.az.us/

TAX COURT (STEP THREE)

  • If you are not happy with the Board Of Equalization’s decision, you may appeal to the Tax Court. This must be done no later than 60 days after the decision. See A.R.S. 16168, 16203.

(2) JUDICIAL APPEAL – This appeal process is outlined in the Arizona Revised Statutes. (See A.R.S. 42-16201-16205)

  • You may elect to bypass the entire Administrative Process by filing your appeal directly with the Tax Court at any time after receiving the notice by the Assessor (as long as you haven’t already begun the Administrative Process).
  • You must file the appeal with the Tax Court by December 15th.
  • You will be responsible for court fee’s such as filing fees.
  • Here is a link to the Arizona Tax Court:

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/Self-ServiceCenter/forms/Index.asp.

The appeal process can be complex and tedious. Contact the Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran if you are in need of a property tax appeal. The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran can help you appeal your property taxes and make sure you don’t pay more property taxes than needed.

____________________________________________________

Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.

(Real Estate Lawyer Licensed to Practice Law in Arizona & California)

(877) 276-5084

For General Information regarding property taxes and the appeal process visit

www.maricopa.gov/Assessor/FaqAll_Pf.aspx

http://www.sboe.state.az.us/howto.php

http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/Self-ServiceCenter/forms/Index.asp.

Arizona Property Tax Appeal

Written By: Arizona Property Tax Appeal Lawyer - Jan• 20•11

Are you unhappy with your most recent property tax assessment (whether residential or commercial)?  If so, exercise your legal right to challenge that assessment.  The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C. is here to help.  We offer a contingency fee based service.  Contact us for details at (877) 276-5084

PROPERTY TAXES – WHAT ARE THEY & CAN I APPEAL?

If you own property chances are you pay property taxes. Property taxes are taxes paid to the local government by property owners. These taxes are determined by the County Assessor’s office. Once a year the Assessor’s office mails out notices to all the property owners in their county and notifies them of the amount of taxes due on the property. (See our blog about how the Assessor calculates what you owe).

Often, the taxes paid on real property (real estate) are included in mortgage payment. Many times, homeowners don’t realize that they are paying this type of property tax at all! Taxes paid on real estate are based on the “FULL CASH VALUE” of your property. In Arizona, FULL CASH VALUE is the current market value of the land and any improvements. See www.maricopa.gov/Assessor/FaqAll_Pf.aspx.

Like any other market, the real estate market goes up and down. This may cause a discrepancy between what the Assessor feels you owe and what your property is really worth. Sometimes the Assessor’s FULL CASH VALUE will be too high and you may be asked to pay too much in taxes.

Additionally, the Assessor may have classified your property incorrectly. This is less common with residential homes than it is with commercial properties or land. If the Assessor classifies your property incorrectly you may be asked to pay more taxes than you really owe. The classification of your property by the Assessor is indicated on the yearly notice as “LEGAL CLASSIFICATION”.

If you believe the “FULL CASH VALUE” is greater than the real market value of your property or that the legal classification is incorrect you have two methods of appeal, Administrative or Judicial.

Contact the Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran if you are in need of a property tax appeal. The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran can help you appeal your property taxes and make sure you don’t pay more property taxes than needed.

______________________________________________________

Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.

(Real Estate Lawyer Licensed to Practice Law in Arizona & California)

(877) 276-5084

For General Information regarding property taxes and the appeal process visit

www.maricopa.gov/Assessor/FaqAll_Pf.aspx

http://www.sboe.state.az.us/howto.php