The procedures depend on whether or not you wish to represent yourself at the Assessment Review Board. The DO-IT-YOURSELF program is for single family residential, farm properties, single family condominiums, small multi-residential and commercial properties with values less than $250,000.
The tax rates for most residential properties range between 1% and 2% producing a property tax of $2,500 to $5,000 annually.
Commercial properties usually have a tax rate between 3% and 5%, which would give a property tax range of $7,500 to $12,500 on $250,000 value. The successful average minimum assessment reduction is between 10% and 30% that would translate into a tax reduction range on the above examples of somewhere between between $250.00 - $1500.00 for residential properties and a range of $750.00 - $3,000.00 for commercial properties. If you are at the high end of these ranges then you should consider hiring a tax consultant. Otherwise, it may be more economical for you to represent yourself with some assistance through my DO-IT-YOURSELF program. The current reassessment is based on January 1, 2012 appraisal date for taxation years from 2013 to 2016 . This value will be frozen until Jauary 1, 2017.
The following are the steps you would take for the DO-IT-YOURSELF program.
or phone. I will need an assessment roll number from you notice or tax bill.
There are four actions we can take.
The Reconsideration in Value is the most common form of getting your assessment changed, however, you must provide valid reasons for your request. This service provides you with the appropriate reasons for the assessor to make the adjustment if warranted.
The basic fees for the DO-IT-YOURSELF program are:
Please note that services are subject to 13% HST.
The service covered for these fees is as follows:
Services provided for an additional fee: