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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FYI: South Florida TRIM Notices will be arriving shortly.

Get ready!

It is that time of year when the County appraiser's office mails out you TRIM notice.  While it stands for Truth In Millage.  Please do not ignore it even though it will state in black and white that this is not a bill and your do not need to do anything.

 This letter you receive is to inform you how much the County believes your property is worth.  Now, people typically make two mistakes. 

The first mistake is that they believe it is what it is and the County must be right.  There is nothing left to do except wait for the next letter telling you what you owe in tax. 
    
     *** 1. It is what it is.  FALSE

You have the right to appeal your valuation if you believe it is not correct.  Even if you believe the value is correct, or even under what you expect it to be do not lose out. 

We at PTAG, Property Tax Appeal Group can look at the comparable properties around you and determine if you fall within the market or you appear to be over assessed.  Your neighbor with a similar property could be paying 10% less than you and you just don't know that you are being over assessed.  There is supposed to be "Fairness in Assessment," everyone should be treated equally. 

     *** 2. Wait for my bill to appeal.  FALSE

This is one of the biggest complaints we hear about how the appeal system works.  If you wait until you receive your bill you will have lost your right to appeal. 

After receiving your TRIM notice you have until September 16, 2014 to file in Miami-Dade and September 17, 2014 in Broward.  If you miss the deadline you must wait until next year.

Please do not wait until it is to late to appeal.  Contact our office and send in your paperwork which will allow us to appeal on your behalf.  Please feel free to visit our site at www.PTAGflorida.com or call our office with any questions you may have.