Do I Need a Lawyer to Appeal My Property Taxes?

June 26, 2019

Taxes are a burden that all citizens endure. If you speak to your neighbors, you might all agree that you love where you live, despite the property taxes being notoriously high. You and your neighbor may also agree that appealing your high property taxes may be another headache to take on or the process may be too confusing. In fact, statistics show that appealing property taxes has a high success rate of lowering the amount you owe, especially if you have the right help. An experienced real estate tax appeals lawyer can help you understand and manage your property taxes.

Why a Real Estate Lawyer Can Help You Win Your Appeal

The world of property taxes is complicated and can be quite stressful, especially if you have no experience or resources. If mistakes are made during your appeal, you could face serious penalties in terms of money and time. The following are helpful tips to know for this process:

  • Time is always a factor. Pennsylvania has a very strict deadline to appeal your property taxes. Some states also frequently change this deadline or their property laws. A real estate tax appeals lawyer would be up to date on the entire process and of any law changes.
  • Your property taxes will always be based on property value. The value of similar houses in your area affect the property value of your home. Asking your neighbors what they pay for their property taxes may lead you to discover you are paying more than you should be. The right lawyer would know the property value of your home and others around you to further better your situation.
  • Know what your taxes are and what you are being taxed on. You can usually find this information online, on a realtor website, or you could contact your county’s office for an assessment. Some people find that they are being taxed on an in-ground pool that they removed years earlier. Knowing the rules and what you are being taxed on are key components to winning your appeal.
  • State-specific laws. Your home may be qualified for an even further discount concerning property taxes, such as for a homeowner with a disability or if you have solar panels, where in some states, property taxes are raised.

Delaware County Real Estate Tax Appeals Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Help Clients Appeal Their Property Taxes

Appealing your property taxes is a great decision that all homeowners should make. However, appealing your property taxes can become complicated and  time consuming. The experienced Delaware County real estate tax appeals lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. help clients across Pennsylvania with their property tax appeals. Call us today at 610-565-3701 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.