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Monday, August 27, 2012

A Hidden Window of Opportunity Has Opened to Appeal Your Property Taxes


A Hidden Window of Opportunity Has Opened to Appeal Your Property Taxes

 Each year, Florida requires the Property Appraiser in each County to come up with property values for all real estate owned in their County…and is required to provide the property owner time to file a petition to appeal these values (the deadline this year is September 18, 2012).


Faced with these statutory requirements, Miami-Dade and Broward County take various steps to hide from property owners the opportunity they have to appeal their taxes. 

Can You Appeal Something Before It’s Final?
In most circumstances, you need to wait until a final decision is reached before one can appeal the results.  As such, Miami-Dade County puts the following verbiage within its Header, to point out that the final decision has not been reached…

“NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY TAXES AND
PROPOSED OR ADOPTED NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS”

DO NOT PAY
THIS IS NOT A BILL



However, if you wait to appeal your property taxes until the Final Tax Bill is mailed out on November 1st, it will be too late to file an appeal.


Make Sure To Read the Small Print
The County is required to provide property owners until September 18, 2012 to file their appeals, and does its best conceal this by using very small font within its footer stating…

If the Property Appraiser is unable to resolve the matter as to the market value,
classification, or an exemption, you may file a petition for adjustment with the
Value Adjustment Board… Petitions must be filed on or before SEPT. 18, 2012

Within the footer, the County also tries to discourage property owners from immediately filing appeal petitions by first requesting…

If you feel the market value of the property is inaccurate or does not reflect fair market value…please contact the Miami-Dade County Office of the Property Appraiser.  The more time it takes the property owner to schedule and meet with the Property Appraiser’s office, is less time they have until the September 18, 2012 deadline to appeal their property taxes.

Property owners need to know they only have until September 18, 2012 appeal their property taxes.

                                                         www.PTAGflorida.com
 

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