Although most California property owners have until Nov. 30 to challenge their property tax assessments, a handful of the state’s counties have an early property tax appeal deadline of Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Although most California property owners have until Nov. 30 to challenge their property tax assessments, a handful of the state’s counties – including the populous and high property value counties of Alameda, Monterey, Orange, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Ventura – have an early property tax appeal deadline of Wednesday, Sept. 15. (Other Golden State counties with the Sept. 15 deadline are: Inyo, Kings, Placer, Sierra and Sutter.)
California consistently ranks as one of the states most devastated by the national real estate crisis. If your property has fallen in value, one of the only advantages is that you should owe less in property taxes. However, many assessors use antiquated and slow systems to update their county’s property assessments, meaning you may very well receive an inflated tax bill with little or no connection to your property’s current value.
Want to take a stand against often-inflated property taxes? Consider a property tax appeal. One in four U.S. homes is over-assessed and a successful appeal can save you hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars each year.
Each California county has a different property assessment appeal application. A successful appeal typically involves looking for comparable properties in your neighborhood that have lower assessments, compiling that data, understanding and complying with your county’s specific rules, and assembling your information into a format designed to secure a favorable revaluation.
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Still think you’d rather do it alone? The California State Board of Equalization publishes a free 20-page guide entitled “Residential Property Assessment Appeals.” Good luck.