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Paying Property Taxes and Property Tax Reduction Reviews

Mar 12, 2008
If you are in a higher tax bracket in 2008 than you are in 2007, you may want to wait and pay your property taxes in January of 2008. This will help lower your total tax liability in 2008. If you are in a higher tax bracket for 2007 and expect to drop into a lower tax bracket in 2008, you may wish to pay your property taxes in December of 2007 so you can claim it on your income taxes to reduce the tax liability for 2007. Other reasons to wait or pay your taxes may also include other deductions you may or may not have in a given year.

When you pay your property taxes, you should make sure to receive a receipt. This is needed for your tax records as well as showing proof of payment if the community would ever say you still owe money on your taxes. After paying your property tax bill, you can then claim it on that year's tax return.

Property tax reduction

If your fair market value is $105,000 and it was overly appraised, when you try to sell it, you are going to lose money and still have a balance due on a mortgage payment. If a reputable appraiser says your property is only worth $80,000 then you are not going to receive $105,000 for that property. If you property taxes are assessed for a house worth $105,000 and the property is only worth $80,000 on the market, you need to find a tax reduction and quick. You are over paying your taxes by hundreds of dollars in most cases.

You should always try to have an assessed value and a fair market value close in range. If it is, then your property taxes should be fair. If the values are extremely different, you need to rectify the issue as soon as you can or you will continue over paying the property taxes. Appealing the property tax bill is one way to see a property tax reduction.

For low income homeowners owners, the county treasure's office or an online source can supply you with a hardship application. You need to have proof of ownership, income documents, identification and proof of residency. You can also receive information on challenging your property tax increase, obtaining more time to pay, how to obtain relief from property taxes in the future and find information from company's that offer low income financial assistance.

To summarize deferrals and reductions in property taxes, one would say that low income homeowners can receive a tax reduction, but you do have to meet with special circumstances. Veterans can receive a reduction of taxes, but they may only receive a percentage that meets with the guidelines of the qualifications. Not everyone is going to receive a deferral or a reduction just because he or she falls into one of these categories. It is all up to the taxing committees whether you are accepted or denied. All you can do is apply and wait for a decision by the community committee.
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