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St. Joseph County Assessor mailed assessment notices to property owners.  The mailing of these notices triggers an appeal deadline of August 31, 2018.  It's always best to file an appeal as soon as possible.  By getting your appeal in early, you will decrease the time required to process the appeal.  The assessor's office receives thousands of appeals each year with most arriving in their offices in the last days before the deadline.  You can minimize buearocracy by allowing the assessor to add your appeal to their system early.

The first thing to do when you receive your notice is to check it against last years' assessment.  Prior assessments are listed on the form you receive.  Next you should get your Property Record Card online at https://www.stjosephcountyindiana.com/173/Assessor

Check all the data on the PRC to make sure it is correct.  However don't assume that just because the assessment is correct that there is no chance for a reduction.  Studies have shown that as many as 60% of assessments are incorrect throughout the U.S. yet fewer than 5% appeal.  Of those who appeal more than half receive a reduction.  If a taxpayer uses a representative to appeal for them, that number goes up to 87% success rate.  Most tax reps do not charge a fee unless you win and offer a free analysis. It's a low risk, high benefit option.

check out http://www.correctpropertytax.com/ and timely file your appeal by August 31st

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