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Old 03-15-2006, 11:13 AM
Tim in NJ Tim in NJ is offline
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Default Tax Assessment Appeal form

What is the most acceptable format for a single family tax assessment appeal? I had a negative response from a Tax Board member for presenting a prevoius one on a 1004. Any help?
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Old 03-15-2006, 12:41 PM
Walter Kirk Walter Kirk is offline
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I have used the URAR for tax appeals in Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Atlantic and Cape May Counties for many years, no one has ever objected to it
Old 03-15-2006, 12:53 PM
john mello john mello is offline
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A FNMA1004 (URAR-06/93) form for an improved single-family residential property is acceptable at the first level of review. An appraiser and assessor in Massachusetts, I have prepared an appraisal for ad valorem appeal on such a form and the board on which I serve as an assessor has accepted for ad valorem appeal appraisal reports completed on the 1004. The critical guideline is that the inteded use be defined as ad valorem appeal and the appraisal process conform to USPAP (Stds. 1, 2, 6, etc.) as well as to the mass appraisal parameters that apply in the subject property's jurisdiction. It's worthwhile to note, however, that a summary report format may not be evidentiary if the appeal is moved up to a higher level of court review. In such cases, a self-contained report may be the only acceptable format for admission as evidence.
Old 03-15-2006, 10:28 PM
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recently did one on the old form, no negative input from the board members, but did get some interesting feed back;

the town we did the appeal work; assessor now considers the "Unfinished Attic" area into the GLA and calls it - "Finished Living Area"; compounded by line item adjustments that were inaccurate and both heating & cooling that were inaccurate.

the answer we got was, "we know the field card is wrong, but the whole town is the same and therefore equal" - I say whaaaaaat
it has come down to, we're in control and don't care what you can prove, your still not getting any adjustment, now that right there is Politics at it's HBU.....amazing.
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