Assessment appeal services
Most localities determine your property tax burden based on an ad valorem assessment of the property's value. Sometimes, as a property owner, you get an unwanted surprise in the mail telling you your taxes are going up, and sometimes it may seem as though your assessment is too high.
There are as many different procedures for appealing assessments as there are assessment districts, so it's important to enlist the help of a professional appraisal firm that's experienced and trained in the ins and outs of your particular situation.
Please note: It makes sense to do your own research before determining whether to go forward with a property assessment appeal, especially before you make the decision to hire a professional appraiser. The Province of Manitoba has recently undergone a general reassessment. The City of Winnipeg recently mailed the balance of the proposed assessment notices for the 2018 General Assessment to its residents . These assessments should reflect what your property, in it's current condition, would have sold for on April 1, 2016. Property taxes for 2018 and 2019 will be based on these assessments. The Roll will not be finalized until late May or early June 2017 at which time a deadline to file an appeal before the Board of Revision will be set. In the meantime, if you think your proposed assessment may be higher than what your home in its current condition, was worth on April 1, 2016, you should contact 311 to make an appointment to speak to an assessor. If you disagree with the proposed assessment, contact us for guidance. We can assist you at the preliminary meetings, if required.
Outside of the City of Winnipeg, these notices will likely be sent in mid 2017. If you have already filed an appeal and would like to consult a professional before attending at the Board of Revision, please contact us for guidance. The deadline to appeal your assessment for the tax years of 2018 and 2019 will be later June 2017.
If you do not have access to sales information, we can assist and offer a "staged" appraisal / consulting service. When you hire us for an assessment appeal, you're commissioning independent, third-party professional advice. As such we do our own research and evaluation, beginning to end however we are always willing to consider information that you have to offer. If you're right that your property has been overvalued, an independent report such as ours will be even more persuasive than any other evidence you can marshal on your own.
If we have previously appraised your home for mortgage financing, or another purpose, and you wish to use this appraisal report for an assessment appeal, please contact us for advice.
Sometimes, you will have a hearing on your assessment appeal and will need for the appraiser you've hired to testify on your behalf. Be assured that at Halladay Appraisal Services Ltd., we are able to professionally testify at appeal hearings. Browse our website to learn more about our qualifications, expertise and services offered.