DeKalb And Fulton Property Owners – For 2016 Your Time Is Almost Over to File a Tax Appeal

Walter Hotz, Esq. Uncategorized

For most DeKalb residents, the last day to file a property tax appeal is July 18, 2016 – and for most Fulton residents, the last day to file a property tax appeal is July 25, 2016.

Once you miss the deadline – it is over – no excuses are accepted – so go forth – file, file, file while you can. The county cannot raise your assessment because you file an appeal. You have a free shot at trying to get your assessment lower and if you fail, you can still freeze your existing assessment for the year appealed plus

DeKalb and Fulton Property Owners – How to Dollar Average Your Property Taxes

Walter Hotz, Esq. Uncategorized

A lot of people do not realize that filing a property tax appeal is not just for the purpose of trying to get your assessment lower. Of course, most of us would like for our assessments to be lower but there is another, relatively unknown, reason for filing an appeal. Georgia law provides that if a homeowner files an appeal and goes through with the appeal to conclusion, the result obtained is frozen for the year appealed plus two more years. This is true, even if you do not get a reduction.

If you get into a habit of filing

Special Message for Homeowners (and for all other real property owners) who purchased their property in 2014 or 2015!!

Walter Hotz, Esq. Uncategorized

There is a Georgia law that states that the county cannot assess your property for the year following the year that you purchased the property higher than what you paid for the property. However, I see this law being routinely ignored by the taxing authorities. So, if you purchased your home in either 2014 or 2015 – take a look at your tax bill for the year following the year of your purchase – if your assessment is higher than what you paid for your property, it is an illegal assessment and you have the right to have it changed.

DeKalb and Fulton Homeowners – File! File! File!

Walter Hotz, Esq. Uncategorized

A lot of people do not realize that filing a property tax appeal is not just for the purpose of trying to get your assessment lower. Of course, most of us would like for our assessments to be lower but there is another, relatively unknown, reason for filing an appeal. Georgia law provides that if a homeowner files an appeal and goes through with the appeal to conclusion, the result obtained is frozen for the year appealed plus two more years. This is true, even if you do not get a reduction.

If you get into a habit of filing

Sweeping Changes in 2015 Property Tax Statutes Will Effect You

Walter Hotz, Esq. Appeals

2015 – Sweeping changes made in the real property tax appeal statutes in this year’s legislative session – the changes will materially affect you.

I work closely with the Georgia Senate Finance Committee as an expert on property tax appeal laws – the Finance Committee is the committee in the Senate that originates bills dealing with property tax appeals and reviews any bills regarding property tax appeals that originate in the House. This year’s legislative session has just ended and it was exciting time for all property owners in Georgia. This year the massive re-write originated out of the House

Fulton County raises the millage rate by 17%

Walter Hotz, Esq. Appeals

Here are some excerpts from an article by Kristal Dixon on August 7, 2014 in the Roswell Patch.

Six Fulton County leaders have filed a lawsuit to stop the county from imposing a 17-percent property tax increase.  The commissioners voted 4-3 to raise the millage rate to 11.781 mills from 10.211 mills. The lawmakers believe the increase violates House Bill 604, which prohibits Fulton County from raising property taxes until January 2015.

”We regret having to take this action, but the Fulton County Commission voted to increase property taxes contrary to state law and property taxpayers’ best interests,” said Jan

Three and a Half Ways to File an Appeal

Walter Hotz, Esq. Appeals

Basically there are three ways to file your appeal. There is a fourth way and I will mention it in a moment, but 99.9% of all appeals are filed in the first three ways that I will discuss.

First Way: The first way, and the way that 99% of all appeals are filed, is to file your appeal to the Board of Equalization. The Board of Equalization is comprised of three board members. The members are ordinary citizens appointed by the grand jury. There is no cost to file an appeal to the Board of Equalization.

Second Way: The second

A Little Known Law That Can Save You Thousands

Walter Hotz, Esq. Appeals

Changing real property values established by appeal in prior year (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-299 (c)) is probably the single provision in Georgia law that can save you the greatest number of dollars. The statute provides that any value that is established through a real property tax appeal will be frozen for the tax year appeal plus 2 more years. This is a tool that you should use in managing the amount of property taxes you pay.

You should use O.C.G.A. § 48-5-299 (c) regardless of whether your assessment is too high, about right or below market. If your assessment is too

Property Owners Almost Got the Rights They Deserve

Walter Hotz, Esq. Appeals

For this year’s legislative session, I was asked by a group of Georgia Senators to re-write the real property tax appeal laws for the state of Georgia for the purpose of providing safeguards and rights for Georgia real property owners. The present laws were heavily weighted in favor of the tax assessors (each county in Georgia) and the Senators wanted to “level the playing field” for property owners. I was honored to have been selected for the task and, although it took more than 100 hours of my time, I was glad to do it.

The present law had been