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5 Tips for contesting your property taxes in San Diego

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | Firm News

Property taxes are an essential source of revenue for local governments, funding schools, public safety, and other community services. San Diego homeowners are no strangers to these taxes, but not everyone knows they can contest the amount. You have options if you feel your property tax bill is higher than it should be.

Property owners in San Diego have the right to challenge their property’s assessed value. If you can prove that your property’s assessed value is more than its current market value, this process can potentially reduce your tax liability.

Preparing for the challenge

The window for appealing San Diego’s property taxes in the 2024/2025 fiscal year is July 2 to November 30.

  1. Check the deadline: Missing this deadline can mean waiting another year to contest.
  2. Understand your assessment: Review the assessor’s valuation of your property. Understand how the county calculated it and why your property was valued at the stated amount.
  3. Gather evidence: Collect relevant information that supports your claim that your property’s assessed value is too high. It could include recent sales of comparable properties or a professional appraisal.
  4. Fill out the forms: Obtain the necessary forms for filing an appeal from the San Diego County Assessment Appeals Board and fill them out accurately and completely.
  5. Present your case: While property owners can present their own case, many find it practical to work with a real estate law attorney who can prepare and present the case in front of the Assessment Appeals Board.

Why pay too much?

Contesting your property taxes in San Diego can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. By following these tips and understanding your rights as a property owner, you can confidently navigate the appeal process. Whether you take on the challenge alone or seek professional help, these strategies can help you potentially lower your property tax bill. Use them wisely and take control of your property tax situation.