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There is a limited window to appeal your new assessed home value. Don't let the city of Philadelphia get more than it deserve.
Philadelphia Property Tax Valuation Information
Philadelphia opted to alter its property tax system to more accurately reflect fair market values of properties, and base taxes upon those rates. This was the Actual Value Initiative, or "AVI". The result of this change was a massive revaluation of over 500,000 Philadelphia properties. These values are a wide departure from previous practice, and are based on an entirely different set of data.
As a result of the new method, rather than accurately reflecting the fair market value, the new values may be massively skewed. There was an appeals process put into place to address property owners' objections, but the process is untested, opaque, and potentially confusing.
Philadelphia is increasing the assessed value of most homes in the city, and higher taxes will likely accompany it.
To date Philadelphia's City Counsel still has no even agreed upon what the final tax rate would be, but we do know that the higher your assessed value, the higher your taxes will be for the foreseeable future.
Duffy Law provides outstanding representation before the Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes and tax assessment appeals to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Don't lose your chance to get the proper, fair valuation for your residential or commercial property. Contact Duffy Law today for a free consultation to find out what we can do for you.
Philadelphia Property Assessment Appeals Process
First Level Informal Review with the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment
Upon receiving Notice of the New Proposed Valuation, instructions are included to appeal the value provided. The initial appeal is simply an "informal review" called a "First Level Review". At this initial stage, legal counsel is likely not required, and the process can be initiated by the property owner.
You can request a review or appeal on one of three bases:
-The characteristics of your property that affect its value are substantially incorrect.
-The estimated market value of your home is too high or too low.
-The estimated market value of your property is accurate, but inequitable.
An officer at the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) will decide if the value is incorrect and whether or not to adjust it. Remember, the OPA decided the value originally, and this is simply another individual there reviewing that same decision. There is no avenue to provide additional evidence, only submission of a short form. While the procedure is new and relatively untested, it seems unlikely the initial informal request for a reassessment will result in many favorable significant changes for property owners. After receiving an unfavorable response, property owners may then proceed to the next appeal level: Appeal to the Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes (BRT).
Appeal to the Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes (BRT)
Appealing to the Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes initiates a more formal process, which results in a hearing before the Board. There is documentation the Board requires, as well as evidence that may be admitted. This includes expert witnesses, who may testify on behalf of the property owner. This process is similar to a trial. Philadelphia property owners would benefit substantially from legal representation at this stage, ensuring the assessment is in line with the fair market value. Should the appeal to the Philadelphia BRT result in an unjust decision, an appeal may be made to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
Appeal of Property Tax Assessment to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
You can appeal a decision of the Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. This is a full trial, with all of the concomitant rules of court, evidence, procedure and practice. Representation by competent legal counsel at this stage is essential. Decisions by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas may be appealed to the Superior Court, and subsequently to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, as with any other Common Pleas court decision.
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