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Not Happy With Property Tax Assessments: Protest!

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Posted on January 10, 2005:

Senator Dyson If you have never protested anything in your life, now is the time to start. Start with the property tax assessment you just received in the mail or will be soon.

On your assessment notice, the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation says in red that ďThis is Not a Tax Bill.Ē But you will be seeing red when you get it because thatís what your bank account will end up -- in the red. First youíll see red when you get your assessment, then again -- literally and figuratively -- when you see your next tax bill.

There is something you can and should do immediately about these outrageous assessments. A third of the way down, in conveniently small letters because they donít want you to see it, is an appeal date. Do exactly that -- appeal. And donít wait. If you donít appeal before or by the date on your notice, the government has locked up your money. Donít feel your appeal is a waste of time. I have heard of many cases where the assessments were lowered.

The appeal process is on the back of your assessment notice and gives you three options. You can appeal in writing, ask for a personal hearing with an assessor or request a telephone hearing. No matter how you decide to file your appeal make sure you do.

Now, You may decide later you are fine with these assessments although I will find that hard to believe. Just because you file an appeal, doesnít mean you have to go through with it in the end. But do file. You are covering yourself by doing so. So stop throwing furniture, kicking the dog and cursing your government over these notices. Instead, file that appeal.

This is how the county commissioners tax us although they could reduce the tax rate which would neutralize these tax new assessments. I encourage them do so.

My column is not as long as it usually is, but I felt it was imperative to get this out to you.

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