This website is for the express purpose of providing Hanover County, VA residents with information they may need to determine if they should appeal their 2010 real estate tax assessment. This is NOT a Hanover County Goverement website. You can contact Hanover County Assessors office at (804)365-6029

Saturday, February 6, 2010

HB570: Real property tax assessments; appeals.

We just became aware of a bill in the General Assembly HB 570, the bill has passed the House of Delegate on 2/4/2010 and now must go to the Senate.

The bill proposes to shift the burden of proof to the county assessor when a taxpayer appeals to the Board of Equalization. Here is an summary of what the bill would do:

This bill would shift the burden of proof from the taxpayer to the assessor when the taxpayer appeals the assessment of real property to a Board of Equalization or to a circuit court, and would remove the presumption that the assessor’s valuation of real property is correct. The assessor would have the burden of proving that the property in question is valued at its fair market value or that the assessment is uniform in its application, or that the assessment is otherwise valid or legal.

Under current law, a property owner may appeal to a Board of Equalization or a circuit court seeking relief from an erroneous real property assessment. In all such cases, the taxpayer has the burden of proving that the property in question is valued at more than its fair market value.


To read the complete summary please go here. This would certainly make the local assessors office more accountable for their assessments. Please contact your State Senator and ask them to support this legislation.

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