As a business owner, you have to deal with a lot. One annoying piece of work that is unavoidable is commercial property taxes. Every year, you get a Macon, Georgia, bill, and it is almost always wrong. And, of course, when it is wrong, it is never cheaper than it should be. When it is wrong, it is always an overcharge. But, you can appeal all commercial property tax decisions.
Organization is key
If you want to win an appeal, organization is key. Specifically, first, figure out what you are trying to prove, actual value, some sort of special value, equalized taxable value, etc. Then, gather and organize your evidence. Evidence can be anything that substantiates what you are trying to prove, including documents, photographs, witness testimony, etc.
When you get your hearing notice, it will outline how to submit your evidence prior to and during the appeal. Follow these instructions exactly, including all of the notice requirements, the number of printed copies needed, witness notices, etc. If you organize everything 100% effectively but do not also follow the instructions in the hearing notice, it is likely that all of your evidence, including your witnesses, will not be allowed.
Usually, witnesses will include you, contractors and maybe, another appraiser. Whoever you need to prove your case should be included. Make your witness list, and coordinate with your witnesses to be present at the appeal.
If you are planning on using an alternate appraisal to prove your appeal, make sure the appraiser who does the appraisal is present. If the county objects to something or there is some question that needs to be answered, only the appraiser can answer. If the appraiser is not present, the appraisal may be disqualified.
The key takeaways
If you are appealing your commercial property tax decision, you can do it. Of course, you can get professional help, but if you do choose to do it on your own, be prepared, organized and follow the Macon, Georgia, hearing notice.