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Real Estate Tax appeal Duval County Florida VAB TRIM notice Assessment Challenge

What if I don't agree with my assessment / TRIM Notice?

If you live in Duval County, Jacksonville Florida, you must file your petition by September 13, 2010. If you do not file your petition, you will lose your right to have the assessment modified by the Value Adjustment Board. Below is a step-by-step process of what you must do if you wish to lower your property taxes. The steps below are to begin the appeal process only.

Information as to what you must present at the hearing is also contained on my blog at www. GustSarris.com or www.Affinity Law Firm.com. Last year, I represented 125 homeowners who disagreed with their property assessment. More than 40% had a decrease in the assessment value.

  1. Immediately obtain a petition. The petitions are available in the property appraiser's office at City Hall at 117 W. Duval St., Room 305, Jacksonville, Florida. You will also find them online at http://www.coj.net/Departments/Property+Appraiser/Property+Appraiser+Online+Forms/default.htm Then choose Value Adjustment Board Petition Form - Real and Tangible Property, DR486 (pdf)

  2. Complete the petition, along with a $15 check, and send this to the VAB office at City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., room 305, Jacksonville, Florida 32202.

  3. You will be assigned a date and time. You may only move this once if you have good cause.

  4. Either hire someone to help you with the appeal or read how to appeal in my blog. Good Luck!

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Every county has its own website and you can easily find it online by search for your county name and search terms like "VAB" "TRIM" "assessment"

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