Challenge Your Taxes: Homeowner's Guide to Reducing Property Taxes by James E. A. LumleyChallenge Your Taxes: Homeowner's Guide to Reducing Property Taxes by James E. A. Lumley

Challenge Your Taxes: Homeowner's Guide to Reducing Property Taxes

byJames E. A. Lumley

Paperback | January 30, 1998

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How to save hundreds--even thousands--of dollars a year in property taxes You can't escape paying property taxes, but you can avoid paying more than you have to. This authoritative new guide explains how. Written by an experienced real estate counselor, Challenge Your Taxes helps you evaluate your property assessment and pinpoint any inaccuracies that, once amended, could dramatically reduce your tax bill. With proven guidelines and practical tips, you'll learn how to determine what your property is really worth, qualify your property for a deduction, and--in the case of an unfair assessment--prepare and present a successful appeal. Here's where you'll find complete details on:
* Property valuation--fair market value, comparable sales and cost approach, amenity considerations
* Assessors--who they are, what they do, and what they look for
* Checking your property information--study your property record file, confirm property category, use sales/assessment ratio to establish fair value
* Common assessment errors--miscalculated land area, incorrect judgment of condition, comparable sales ignored, wrong zoning classification
* Assessment appeals--summary of procedure, presentation checklist, the appeal board, abatements
Packed with helpful worksheets and numerous examples, as well as sample forms and addresses of state appeals agencies, this indispensable resource has everything you need to Challenge Your Taxes successfully.
JAMES LUMLEY is a former vice chairman of the Commercial and Investment Division of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. His previous books include How to Get a Mortgage in 24 Hours, now in its Third Edition, and Sell It by Mail, both from Wiley.
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Title:Challenge Your Taxes: Homeowner's Guide to Reducing Property TaxesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:257 pages, 9.07 × 5.96 × 0.7 inPublished:January 30, 1998Publisher:Wiley

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ISBN - 10:0471190659

ISBN - 13:9780471190653

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Table of Contents

What Is the Property Tax All About?

Determining Value.

Who Are Your Assessors and What Do They Do?

How Property is Valued.

Check Your Property Information.

Search for Comparable Property.

The Cost and Income Methods of Valuing.

Submitting Your Appeal.

When You Need to Hire a Professional.

Working with Others for Tax Reform.

Commonsense and Radical Property Tax Solutions.

Work Sheets.

Appendix.

Glossary.

Index.

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Are you paying more in property taxes than you have to? Here is a book that could mean substantial savings for home owners year after year. Readers will learn how to determine what their property is really worth and--in the case of an unfair assessment--how to prepare and present a successful appeal