Our attendance at Assessment Appeals Hearings, either with Hearing Officers or the full Assessment Appeals Board has given us the opportunity to learn more and more. While waiting our turn to have a Client's case heard, we have watched as individuals, property managers, lawyers and even other agents present their cases. It is always interesting to watch as the property owners or their representatives fall victim to the arbitrary procedural rules and customs in each County.
As a point of fact, each County Assessor is responsible before the State Board of Equalization to comply with The Revenue and Taxation Code. To this end they are audited and must adhere to certain of the findings to receive their full share of the tax revenue. But there is plenty of room for differences.
Below you will find excerpts from an article on the Internet at Cal-Tax.org, an organization founded in 1926 “to protect taxpayers from unnecessary taxes and to promote government efficiency.” It is especially important for those who listen to the Assessor’s Office rhetoric of not needing to hire an Agent because they will do the right thing now that they admit property values are changing to read this in it’s entirety. The article is a bit dated but much of what follows still rings true for those who think the government is fair and objective.
Because of the complexity of these rules and customs, CAPTA represents attorneys and even judges who understand that the Property Tax Appeal arena is completely different. More and more, we are seeing property owners and managers looking for help when their appeal is scheduled for hearing. Was the appeal process set up for individuals to be able to navigate through? Absolutely. But it has quickly become an increasingly daunting task. Like income taxes, you could likely prepare them yourself. However, it doesn't take long to realize that there is so much more than meets the eye and you hand it over to your CPA or tax attorney. Likewise, you can pursue the property tax appeal yourself, but you will likely find out its far less simple than it was intended to be. When that day comes, CAPTA will still be here to see you through.
So Now the Question is Why CAPTA?
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