Appealing Property Tax Assessment

If you own real estate in Allen County Indiana, you have recently received or will soon receive a notice from the Allen County Assessor (state forms 21366 or Form 11).

Basically, this is the annual reassessment of your real property which will be used to calculate your real estate taxes. If the assessed value has gone up, your taxes might go up. If your assessed value has gone down, your real estate taxes might go down. You also need to remember that Indiana pays its real estate taxes in arrears; thus, the assessment received in June 2017 affects the tax bills which you will pay in May and November of 2018.

If you disagree with the assessment, you need to file an appeal within 45 days of the date of the notice or within 45 days of the date the notice was mailed, whichever is earlier. If you fail to file that appeal within 45 days, you might have to wait an entire year to appeal and you will be taxed at the assessed value on your form. According to the notice I received for my property, I would have until May 28th, 2018 to file an appeal.

The appeals process can be found here http://www.in.gov/dlgf/2508.htm. You are not required to have the evidence submitted with the appeal, but it can help expedite any changes.

Please let us know if you have any questions about real estate taxes or the appeals process by giving us a call at 260-407-5000.

Shane

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