News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

February 19, 2013

Assessment appeal deadline is today

Officials urge taxpayers to include evidence to support case

TERRE HAUTE — Today is your last day to file an appeal of your most recent Vigo County property tax assessment at the Vigo County Assessor’s office.  The deadline is 4 p.m.

Hundreds of appeals have been filed since tax assessment statements were mailed out to property owners a month and a half ago, Vigo County Assessor Debbie Lewis said.

To expedite appeals, tax officials urge taxpayers to include evidence to support their case — such as sale of the property in question, sales of comparable properties, listing prices, offers to purchase or an appraisal prepared by a licensed appraiser.

After an appeal is filed, the next step is an informal meeting between assessing officials and the taxpayer to resolve as many issues as possible, according to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. Within 10 days of that meeting, assessing officials must forward the appeal to the local, three-person, Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals to handle any unresolved matters.

That appeals board must hold a hearing, according to the state, within 180 days of the filing of the appeal. Taxpayers must receive at least 30 days notice of the hearing date and the appeals board must render a decision within 120 days of the hearing.

If an appeal has not been heard by the local board within 180 days or no decision has been rendered by that board within 120 days of the hearing, the taxpayer can appeal directly to the Indiana Board of Tax Review in Indianapolis, a three-member body that is appointed by the governor.

Taxpayers also can appeal decisions of the local appeals board to the tax review board. Such appeals must take place within 45 days of the local appeal board’s decision.

The tax review board must hold a hearing on appeals it receives within nine months of receipt, unless during a general reassessment year. That board has 90 days to issue a decision after a hearing. A taxpayer can also request a second hearing before that board if the request is filed within 15 days of the original decision. Or the taxpayer can appeal, within 45 days of the IBTR decision, to the Indiana Tax Court. Finally, tax court decisions can be appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court, which can reject or hear a case at its discretion.

The burden of proof in a property tax assessment lies with the local assessing officials when an assessment has increased more than 5 percent over the preceding assessment date, according to the Department of Local Government Finance. When asked to explain what this means in practice, a department official simply provided the Tribune-Star with text from Indiana law stating the same thing – the burden of proof lies with local officials if an assessment has increased more than 5 percent.

IBTR members were unavailable for comment Monday afternoon to elaborate on this or to comment on the number of appeals that find their way to the state each year.

Finally, if you have filed an appeal, you may pay only the amount of taxes based on the immediately preceding year’s assessment pending a final ruling without penalty, according to the DLGF. You must at least pay that amount by the due date to avoid being considered delinquent.

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@trib

star.com


 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Raw: Pro-Russian Militants Killed on Base Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy Raw: Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills 1 New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Miley Cyrus Still in Hospital, Cancels 2nd Show Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military
NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity