Real estate taxes are a bit different in the fact that if you feel yours are higher than those (comparable properties) around you you may reach out and appeal them. There are certain things you'll need to do in order to take advantage of this though. The first is to pay your taxes. This may sound a little funny, considering the whole point is that you feel the taxes are at an unfair level and are arguing that point, but in most states you will need to have paid them in full to appeal it. There is usually a time window after you receive your bill in which you must submit the first formal petition to lower your property taxes. Make sure you're submitting everything that is required and don't leave anything out or miss important deadlines. Make sure, along with deadlines, to know what date the assessment of the property happened on. Find out what the assessment cycle is as well. If it lasts for several years, you may be able to lock in that tax rate for that period. Check all the details of the assessment, making sure you're in the correct percentage as well as if all the information they have for your property on file is correct. Double check your property tax rate is close to other comparable properties. In the end, you may even want to hire an expert to make sure you you receive as many tax breaks as possible.

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POSTED December 12 2013 1:44 PM

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