Many of our most satisfied clients have either
attempted to save on professional fees by handling their own appeals
in the past or, at the very least, seriously considered this option.
And it may very well be a valid option for you to consider, especially
if the appeal arguments are very straightforward and simpleor
if the subject properties are small and easy to value. Before you
take this course of action, here are some important questions you
need to answer:
- Do you have a detailed knowledge of the assessing
system? If not, are you certain that no significant tax savings
are being lost?
- Would an expert, who is knowledgeable in the
inner workings of the assessor's office and well educated in valuation
methodologies, be better suited to represent you?
- Do you worry about the assessor's ability
to exploit you due to your lack of knowledge about assessment
- If a higher level of appeal is required, are
you aware that certain information revealed by you as an owner/manager
at the assessor level could hurt your chances of winning?
- Are you confident in your valuation methodology?
Can you be confident that your appeal has merit and complies with
Statute and Board of Equilization requirements?
- Are you familiar with in stringent procedural
requirements (including deadline dates) throughout the appeals
process? If so, are you able to effectively manage them.
I hire an attorney to represent me?
I evaluate an experienced outside tax consultant?