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How do I prove that my tax assessment is too high?

The burden is on you to prove that your property is over-assessed. Evidence used to support the value of a residential property generally (but not always) takes the form of comparable sales from within the “sampling period”. Sales made before or after the sampling period are not usable as evidence, nor are those which fall into one of several “non-usable” categories.

For example — estate sales, even from within the sampling period, are generally not accepted by County Tax Boards as evidence of value. That said, the burden is on the tax assessor of your municipality to prove that any particular sale is non-usable for proving value, and there are circumstances in which this burden is not met. Knowledge and experience with the entire tax assessment process becomes extremely valuable in such situations.

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