- Washington County Property Tax Assessment Appeals- Deadline to File is August 10, 2016
- May 10, 2016 | Author: Kenneth C. Foltz
- Law Firm: Leech Tishman - Pittsburgh Office
- Starting in 2014, Washington County began the process of reassessing all properties within the County. This is the first time in 35 years that Washington County has undergone a property tax assessment. Residential property owners should have received the new property tax assessments in March 2016, while commercial property owners are expected to receive the new assessments by the end of April. The new property assessments will go into effect in 2017 and reflect the total assessment of a particular property.
In Pennsylvania, each county uses a different base year to determine the assessed value of the property. Although the taxing bodies in Washington County, including the County, City/Township, and School Districts, are supposed to assess real property at fair market value for the base year, the assessed value is often inaccurate and inflated. 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:
- Size of the land area and building;
- Main use of the property;
- Comparable sales of similar properties in the area;
- Age of the property; and
- Types of structures on the property.
If you believe your real property was inaccurately assessed, you may want to consider obtaining an independent appraisal and also filing a tax assessment appeal.