Property tax talk in Kirkwood Wednesday

Posted by Dena Mellick June 9, 2015
Equitax Property Tax Advisors will hold a meeting at the Pullman in Kirkwood on Wednesday. Photo by Dena Mellick

Equitax Property Tax Advisors will hold an info session on appealing property tax assessments at the Pullman in Kirkwood on Wednesday. Photo by Dena Mellick

The Pullman in Kirkwood is hosting a property tax talk Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.

The company EQUITAX Property Tax Advisors will have a representative there to answer questions about appealing increases to property taxes.

A description of the event says EQUITAX’s Ernie Cole “will explain, in plain English, how the process works, what the county will/won’t accept for comps, how to pull yours together, how to best stage your appeal, answer your questions, etc.”

It also says, “To pile on extra goodness, this event is free, and Dan at the Pullman has kindly offered to give Neighbor in Need 10 percent of the proceeds from any food or bevvies you purchase…win, win, win.” Neighbor in Need’s website describes it as a volunteer-run mission “to help low income elderly living in the communities of East Lake, Kirkwood and Edgewood, East Atlanta and Decatur’s Oakhurst Community make emergency home repairs.”

The Pullman is located at 1992 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317.

While you could pay a company like EQUITAX to appeal your property appraisal, you can also appeal the assessment yourself. DeKalb County’s Tax Commissioner site says, “When you receive the Annual Assessment Notice from our office at the end of May, you will have 45 days to appeal if you do not agree with the Current Year Value displayed.”

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  • Barry

    Last week we, of course, received the offer from Equitax to pay them to help with this year’s property taxes. (It is assumed they mailed everyone in Dekalb County.)

    Problem is: Last year we simply went to the Dekalb County website ourselves, found the correct form ourselves, spent an hour on zillow getting comparable house prices in our ZIP code, then sent in the letter. All within the 45-day window.

    Some few weeks later the county sent a note that agreed with our not-outlandish number for house value. This new number was some 100,000 dollars below the original county valuation. This number is now good for two more years.

    In other words, beware those who prey on your fears . . . Equitax, that is.

    • Rick

      Unless you went before the board of equalization, your value isn’t frozen for 2 more years. The county can re-evaluate it again next year if warranted.

  • Word to your mom

    I’ve heard EQUITAX’s class is akin to one of those ‘how to invenst’ seminars complete with the inevitable sales pitch and junk mailings afterwards. They sound shisterific.

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