The Real Estate Assessments Office plans to mail the 2016 notices the second week of March, 2016. After receiving this notice, if you are uncertain about the accuracy of your 2016 real estate assessment on the basis of value or equity with other properties, please follow these steps:
If the appraiser is not able to satisfy your concerns, you may request an administrative appeal of your assessment. The County appraiser considers market information relative to the property and information provided by the taxpayer. If this information shows the assessed value should be changed, the appraiser will make the necessary adjustment. If the evidence does not support a change, the appraiser will explain the reasons for not changing the assessment. The deadline for filing a 2016 administrative appeal with the Real Estate Assessments Office is June 1, 2016.
If you are not satisfied with the result of your administrative appeal, you may appeal to the Board of Equalization (BOE). The BOE is composed of eight County taxpayers, and is established by the Board of County Supervisors to render an independent third party opinion in cases of disagreement between the taxpayer and the assessing official. Although the BOE is a quasi-judicial board, there is no application fee, and an attorney is not required. The deadline for filing an assessment appeal with the BOE is July 1, 2016.
You may appeal to the Circuit Court of Prince William County within three years of the assessment.