|April 8, 2014|
Previously published on March 26, 2014
If you own commercial or residential real estate in Allegheny County, Monday, March 31, 2014 is the deadline to:
File an Appeal to contest the County’s determination of the 2014 assessed value of the property,
File an application for exemption from property tax, and
Pay Allegheny County real estate taxes at the 2% discount level.
The form to file an appeal is thankfully short and straightforward.
It is a common mistake for a property owner to assume that the assessment amount is an accurate reflection of the value of their property. In reality, a variety of factors should be considered when reviewing the assessment amount including:
In Pennsylvania, each county uses a different base year to determine how the property is assessed. Although the taxing bodies in Allegheny County, including the County, City/Township, and School Districts, are supposed to assess real property at fair market value for the 2012 base year, the assessed value is often inaccurate and inflated. After the 2012 countywide reassessment, over 100,000 assessment appeals were filed. Despite this, there are thousands of properties that remain over-assessed.
It is good practice to review a property’s assessed value each year in order to determine whether the assessment is consistent with the market value of the property, or whether a tax appeal might be warranted.
If you believe your property was inaccurately assessed, you may want to consider obtaining an independent appraisal and the possibility of filing a tax assessment appeal. Please bear in mind that the deadline to file a property tax assessment appeal in Allegheny County is March 31, 2014.