Pittsburgh Tax Appeal Attorneys / Lawyers
Experienced Property Assessment Lawyers
Since 1999, the tax appeal attorneys of Flaherty Fardo have been the leader in reducing property assessments in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Our Pittsburgh firm has lowered property assessments well in excess of 100 Million dollars. We have received hundreds of referrals from past clients for one simple reason. Satisfied Assessment Clients.
Next Appeal Deadline – 3/31/15
The 2014 tax appeal deadline in Allegheny County is closed. Beginning January 1, 2015, all interested parties (both property owners and taxing entities) may begin to file 2015 Allegheny County property assessment appeals. The 2015 deadline is presently set for March 31, 2015.
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 2015 tax appeals.
The 2012 base years will remain in effect for 2015 property appeals. This means that the question at a 2015 tax appeal hearing will still be: What was the Fair Market Value of the subject property as of January 1, 2012.
Here are the Allegheny County property assessment appeal forms.
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 that has still not been scheduled, 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 what impact the inclusion of the 2014 tax year could have on your pending case, please feel free to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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?
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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 email@example.com.