Newsletter September '10 - Miami-Dade / Broward County Property Tax Appeals

Miami-Dade/ Broward County Property Tax Appeals

The 2010 deadline to file an appeal of the ad valorem property tax assessment values for Miami-Dade County and Broward County is Saturday, Sept 18th. Appeals can be filed for residential and commercial properties. If the appeal is not filed by the deadline, then the owner must wait until next year to file an appeal. Also, an owner cannot appeal a prior year's taxes, even if the assessment appears to be significantly inflated.
Our firm works with affiliates who are experts in this area of the law, which can evaluate and contest, if appropriate, the Market and Assessed Values of the Property before the Value Adjustment Board ("VAB") for the 2010 tax year. The fees for this service are on contingency, based on a percentage of the tax savings, meaning that there is no cost if the appeal at the VAB is unsuccessful.
According to Florida law, the annual increase of the assessed value of “homestead” property is capped at 3%. Additionally, there is now a 10% limit that applies to non-homestead property. This means that the county is limited to increasing the assessed value of homestead property by 3% and non-homestead property by 10% per year. The 10% cap, however, will not apply to property that changed ownership or control the year following such a change, or to property that has been improved such that the market value of the property has increased by at least 25% (which in each case will be assessed at market value, with no cap). However, given recent market fluctuations, the assessments of many properties may be inconsistent with the current market valuations.
If you have any questions, or need assistance with filing an appeal of the assessed value of your properties, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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