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Table of Contents

  • SECTION 1 - PAY ONLY YOUR FAIR SHARE (p. 5 - 8)
    • A. Do You Need Representation?
    • B. How Will This Program Assist You?
    • C. This Program Is Not for Everyone

  • SECTION 2 - WHY PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL? (p. 10 - 13)
    • A. Property Taxes Continue to Rise
    • B. Many People Pay More Than They Should
    • C. In Most States, Property Values Have Dropped Significantly
    • D. Computerized Mass Appraisal May Not Be the Best Determinant of Value
    • E. Long-Term Benefits of Controlling Property Taxes Can Be Substantial

  • SECTION 3 - THE PROPERTY TAX SYSTEM (p. 15 - 21)
    • A. Property Taxes 101 - The Basics
      • 1. The Purpose of Property Taxes
      • 2. What Is Taxed?
      • 3. The Property Tax Bureaucracy
      • 4. How Are Property Taxes Collected?
      • 5. How Are Local Property Taxes Established?
      • 6. How Does the Assessor Determine the Assessments?
      • 7. How Are Property Tax Bills Abated?
    • B. A Close Look at Your Property Tax Bill
    • C. Free or Low-Cost Resources Available

  • SECTION 4 - DO YOU HAVE A CASE FOR AN ABATEMENT? (p. 23 - 67)
    • A. Start by Obtaining the Tax Abatement Ground Rules for Your Locality
    • B. Focus on Overvaluation - the Most Common Justification for an Abatement
      • 1. What Is the "True Assessed Value" on Your Tax Bill?
      • 2. What Is the "Fair Market Value" of Your Home?
      • 3. How to Determine the Fair Market Value of Your Home
    • C. Prepare Your Own Comparable Sales Valuation - Highly Recommended!
      • 1. Benefits and Challenges of Preparing a Comparable Sales Grid
      • 2. A Streamlined Approach to Preparing Your Own Comparable Sales Grid
    • D. Decide Whether You Have an Overvaluation Case
      • 1. Overvaluation Continuum of Strength
      • 2. A Closer Look at the Overvaluation Continuum of Strength
      • 3. Check Your Assessment for Exemptions and Refunds

  • SECTION 5 - WHEN YOU HAVE A CASE FOR AN ABATEMENT (p. 69 - 76)
    • A. Verify the Filing and Appeal Procedures
    • B. Pay Your Property Tax Bill on Time
    • C. Put the Case Together
    • D. Take Any Opportunity to Discuss the Assessment Before It Is Issued
    • E. Complete the Abatement Application and Supporting Information
    • F. The Initial Meeting with the Assessor or Administrative Board
      • 1. Preparation
      • 2. What to Expect at the Meeting
      • 3. Your Presentation: How to Do It Right
      • 4. Negotiation

  • SECTION 6 - UNDERSTANDING YOUR OPTIONS IF YOU ARE TURNED DOWN (p. 79)

  • SECTION 7 - ADDENDA (p. 81 - 99)
    • Addendum 1: Action Plan - Checklist
    • Addendum 2: State Assessment Standards
    • Addendum 3: State and Local Website Links

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