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Deadline Day to Appeal Marion County Property Tax Bills

1/28/2013

Today's the final day for Marion County property owners to appeal their tax bills.

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Indiana's Department of Local Government Finance says anywhere from 1% to 10% of property owners appeal their tax bills -- it varies from county to county. Statistics aren't available on how often they win.

Appeals can be either subjective or objective. An objective appeal contends assessors described your house wrong -- for instance, saying you have a swimming pool when you don't -- while a subjective appeal challenges the value placed on the property.

A 2009 law shifts the burden of proof to the assessor if your assessed value goes up more than five-percent.

If you appeal your bill, you'll meet with the assessor first. If you can't work things out, you go to the local Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals. Either side can appeal that board's ruling to the Indiana Board of Tax Review.

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