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Old 03-22-2010, 07:22 PM
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Default With Californians as neighbors, who needs enemies? Property Tax Scam

"State and county officials are warning consumers of a widespread scam -- an official-looking mailing offering to reduce 2010 property tax bills for $189.

Judith Kent of Tigard opened one such mailing on Saturday from "Property Tax Adjusters" of Granada Hills, Calif. The missive -- which listed her address, property values and an "Assessor's ID No," -- said a reassessment could mean an annual tax savings of $2,400. It also promised a refund of an $189 service fee if she failed to qualify."

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/i...x_adjustm.html

http://media.oregonlive.com/business...0AM-page-1.pdf


I don't know other appraisers experience, but when someone calls me and
says they think they are over-assessed (RMV), I tell them to call the
assessor first and ask what reduction would be necessary to save the first
dime in actual property taxes. They never call me back.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:44 PM
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AB992 requires this statement to be prominently displayed by companies offering Prop 8 tax appeal services...

Quote:
"THIS ASSESSMENT REDUCTION FILING SERVICE IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ANY
GOVERNMENT AGENCY. IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THE ASSESSED VALUE OF YOUR
PROPERTY, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO AN INFORMAL ASSESSMENT REVIEW, AT NO
COST, BY CONTACTING THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE DIRECTLY. IF YOU AND THE
ASSESSOR CANNOT AGREE TO THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY OR IF YOU DO NOT
WISH TO CONTACT THE ASSESSOR YOU CAN OBTAIN AND FILE AN APPLICATION
FOR CHANGED ASSESSMENT WITH THE COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION OR
ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD ON YOUR OWN BEHALF. AN APPEALS BOARD HAS THE
AUTHORITY TO RAISE PROPERTY VALUES (BUT IN NO CASE HIGHER THAN THE
PROPOSITION 13 PROTECTED VALUE) AS WELL AS TO LOWER PROPERTY VALUES."
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:02 PM
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Greg,
I was just minding my business, watching KATU's 5 o'clock news and they
had the above news teaser (not like I'd expect a real TV report to dig up
a story, they just repeat internet/print reporter stories).

Would you believe anything that came out of Balboa Avenue? Isn't that
like coming from Coral Gables, FL or Nigeria?
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:39 PM
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We have ads from a Real Estate Broker out of Idaho advertizing false claims out here. Turn 'em in.

http://www.oregonattorneygeneral.gov...l031910a.shtml
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