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(Updated April 2013)

You just received your property taxes and they've gone up again. What can you do? Although each individual assessing body has a different method of filing property tax appeals, this field guide offers some general guidelines and resources to give you an edge in the process. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)

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Property Taxes & Real Estate Values

Montana family loses home due to unpaid property taxes, (KXLH, April 24, 2012).

Property tax collections to start downward trend, (USA Today, March 13, 2012).

How property taxes climb, even if home value drops, (NPR, January 20, 2012).

Real estate crash catches up to cities as property taxes slide, (Bloomberg, Mar. 29, 2011).

Five property tax questions you need to ask, (REALTOR® Magazine—Handouts for Buyers).

Challenging Your Property Tax Bill

Appraisal Institute provides homeowners with property tax appeal tips, (The Appraisal Institute, Mar. 21, 2013).

Appeal your property tax bill,  (HouseLogic.com, Dec. 21, 2012).

Professional tricks to lower your property tax assessment,  (Reuters, May 14, 2012).

Property taxes appeals surge, (Chicago Tribune, June 24, 2012).

Feel your property taxes are too high, here’s some tips to lower them,  (ActiveRain,  May 16, 2012).

Curb appeal: lowering your house assessment, (Fox Business, March 20, 2012).

See how 3 homeowners managed to fight down their property tax bills,  (Business Insider, January 26, 2012).

Property tax too high?  How to fight the tax man,  (ABC News, January 10, 2012).


National Taxpayers Union

Tax Foundation

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Business Valuation and Taxes: Procedure, Law, and Perspective

How to Invest in Real Estate & Pay Little or No Taxes

The Unbounded Home: Property Values Beyond Property Lines

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Challenging the conventional wisdom of the property tax, (Hollis, NH: Puritan Press, 2010). HJ 4120 B14

How to reduce your property taxes, (Genesis Press, 1995). HJ 3241 Ad5

Reduce your property taxes, (Crisp Publications, 1992). HJ 4120 T97

The Worst Tax? A History of the Property Tax in America, (University of Kansas Press, 1996). HJ 4120 F57

Field Guides & More

These field guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Impacts of Property Taxes on Real Estate

Information Services Blog

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