How do you appeal your property tax assessment?


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Property owners appeal their property tax assessments by filing a hearing request with the review board responsible for property tax assessment appeals in their local area, according to the County of DuPage, Wheaton, Illinois. Unfavorable local review board rulings are appealed to a state review board or a state court.

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For example, property owners in the DuPage jurisdiction must file an appeal with the DuPage County Board of Review within 30 days of the publication of the township assessment roll. The appeal must include three comparable properties, which are similar buildings located in the same neighborhood as the property in question. During the board hearing, the appellant explains his case. The representative of the assessor's office responds with analysis of the appellant and assessor's real-estate comparisons. The board decision is then mailed to the parties. Property owners appeal unfavorable rulings to the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board or file an appeal in state court, explains the County of DuPage.

Residents of Indiana have a similar process. According to the Department of Local Government Finance, property owners wishing to protest property tax assessments must first participate in an informal conference with the assessor's office where they explain their case. If the assessor's office stands by its valuation, property owners may file an appeal with their local Property Tax Assessment Board. Property owners appeal unfavorable rulings from the Property Tax Assessment Board to the Indiana Board of Tax Review.

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