Most real estate and property taxes are based upon the value of the property. When the taxing agency values your property at a higher rate than the actual value, you are paying too much in taxes.
Often, matters like this can be resolved with a phone call. However, if after discussing your assessment with your local taxing authority you still feel as though your property was overvalued, a professional, independent, third-party appraiser is often your best bet in proving your case.
Most successful appeals require that the property have an appraisal done by a licensed real estate appraiser, an expert opinion of the actual value.
There are many different procedures for appealing assessments; therefore, it’s important to enlist the help of a professional appraisal firm that’s experienced and trained in the ins and outs of your particular jurisdiction to make sure you have the best chance of winning your appeal.