Results Come From Experience
Our Pittsburgh firm has lowered property assessments well in excess of 100 Million dollars for our clients, and has also generously helped thousands of property owners through free consultations. We do not guarantee success, but we do guarantee that we are experienced in property tax appeals.
Attorneys Noah Fardo and Nicole Hauptman have been regularly interviewed throughout the reassessment process and currently represent some of the largest commercial property owners in Allegheny County.
Where Can I Find My Assessment?
To find your Allegheny County property assessment, click on the following link.
Next Appeal Deadline – 3/31/14
The 2013 appeal deadline is closed. Beginning January 1, 2014, all interested parties (both property owners and taxing entities) may begin to file 2014 Allegheny County property assessment appeals. The 2014 deadline is presently set for March 31, 2014.
There are still a substantial number of properties which were over-assessed through the 2012 reassessment that have not been appealed. Our research confirms that many commercial property owners with a strong case for an assessment reduction have not appealed their new values.
In addition, property owners who recently purchased their properties for less than the current assessment amount, should consider filing 2014 tax appeals.
The 2012 base years will remain in effect for 2014 property appeals. This means that the question at a 2014 tax appeal hearing will still be: What was the Fair Market Value of the subject property as of January 1, 2012.
Why Is My Case Is Still Pending?
The 2012 Allegheny County reassessment caused over 100,000 appeals to be filed. Many of these appeals are still pending, both at the first level (the BPAAR) and the second level of the appeals process (the Board of Viewers).
If you have a pending appeal, and your appeal is not resolved by the end of 2013, then the appeal will also automatically include the 2014 tax year. This may or may not be advantageous for property owners, depending upon the circumstances of each case.
Sometimes it can be helpful to have multiple years to negotiate. However, it can also be a disadvantage, and certain cases are better off resolving prior to the end of the calendar year. If you have an existing case, and have questions about whether you should try to expedite the case before January 1, 2014, please feel free to email (email@example.com) or call our offices (412.802.6666.)
How Do The Fees Work?
Most lawyers either charge a contingency of the actual tax savings or in the alternative a flat fee for the entire representation. Property owners should be cautious when hiring an attorney for representation in a property appeal for two main reasons.
First, be careful about flat fees that do not cover the entire scope of representation. Our flat fees always cover the entire appeals process.
Second, with regards to the contingency agreements, you need to make sure the contingency agreements are fair, and are only based upon the actual tax savings, for ONLY the year(s) involved in the appeal. Some firms charge a percentage for future years, even after the appeal has already been resolved. Flaherty Fardo never charges a contingency for any year in which we do not represent the property owner.
For more information about how Flaherty Fardo charges for tax appeals, please read What Are Your Fees For Tax Appeals?
What Else Do I Need To Know?
Property owners currently involved in a pending appeal need to make sure they understand both the advantages and the disadvantages of expediting their appeal if possible.
Property owners who are currently not under appeal should seek a free consultation from experienced tax appeal attorneys prior to the 2014 tax appeal deadline. 2014 appeals can be filed beginning on January 1, 2014.
If you would like a free consultation concerning a tax appeal or other real estate issue, please call attorneys Noah Paul Fardo or Nicole Hauptman directly at 412.802.6666 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.