Real property taxes are based on assessed value as determined by the County Assessor, and the tax rate set by the County Board. If you disagree with the value established by the Assessor, you can appeal to the Department of Real Estate Assessments and/or the Board of Equalization.
An assessment appeal is not a complaint about higher taxes. You must prove that your property’s market value is either inaccurate or unfair. Instructions and deadline dates for appeals are on the assessment notice you receive each January.
You may be successful based on appealing the following:
There are three steps in the Appeals Process:
Learn more about the Assessment Appeals Process
State law puts the burden of proof on the property owner to demonstrate that the assessment is incorrect. You must have strong enough evidence to show that the Assessor’s value is incorrect. Stating that your property taxes are too high is not relevant testimony.
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Department of Real Estate Assessments
2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 502
Arlington, VA 22201
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.