Property Tax Assessment Appeal Deadline Approaching

Paying too much for your property taxes? Don’t miss the March 31st deadline to appeal your property tax assessment in Allegheny County!

The assessed value of a property may be appealed annually and a well-prepared appeal could considerably reduce your property tax bill. Allegheny County currently uses a base year approach to calculate property values. In a base year approach, the county will set the assessment established upon the “base year” and allow for minimal increases year-to-year. The current base year used in Allegheny County is 2012 and the last county-wide reassessment was in 2013.The appeal deadline for Allegheny County Property Tax Assessment appeals is March 31, 2017. Sebring Law can help prepare an appeal.

All assessment appeals for this year must be filed by March 31, 2017. After your appeal is filed, the Office of Property Assessments in Allegheny County will schedule a hearing before the Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review (BPAAR). At the scheduled hearing, the BPAAR will determine the value of your property for tax assessment.

Sebring & Associates can prepare your property assessment appeal and guide you through the process. We will represent you at your hearing and file all necessary documentation on your behalf. Please call our office if you would like to speak to an attorney about your property assessment.

Does your property qualify for tax exemption? Don’t miss any upcoming deadlines to file your application for tax exemption status!
  • One or more of the programs available in Allegheny County may apply to you and help reduce or eliminate your property tax bill.
  • Under the Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion, if you own property and occupy it as your primary residence, you may qualify for an initial exclusion of up to $18,000.00.
  • Land that is in agricultural use or is reserved for agricultural use is eligible for preferential assessment. If your property qualifies, you can apply to have your property assessed at a reduced value, rather than the fair market value.
  • Some municipalities allow tax abatements for commercial and industrial businesses.
  • If you are over the age of 60 years old, have an annual income of $30,000.00 or less, and have owned a residence in Allegheny County for at least 10 years, you are eligible for a 30% reduction in your county tax bill.
  • If a natural disaster has lessened your property value by 50% or more, you may qualify for a reduction in your tax assessment.
  • Non-profit organizations can eliminate their tax responsibility entirely for properties owned and operated as institutions of purely public charity. To qualify for tax exempt status as a public charity, you must file an application with Allegheny County by March 31, 2017. Sebring & Associates routinely prepares tax exemption applications for non-profit organizations in the area. If you are a non-profit organization and are currently using a piece of property in Allegheny County for public charity purposes, call our office to begin preparing your application for tax exemption. We will draft all of the necessary documentation and assist in any hearings or appeals.
Sebring & Associates can prepare your property assessment appeal and guide you through the process. We will represent you at your hearing and file all necessary documentation on your behalf. Please call our office if you would like to speak to an attorney about your property assessment.

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