Property Tax Appeal Process

Want to pay less property tax?  It is possible by filing complaints to the County Board of Revision.  As required by Ohio Revised Code, the County Board of Revision is the decision-making body which hears and adjudicates Complaints against the assessed value of real estate for tax purposes.  Our law firm represents property owners to complain the taxable market value of the Property. We also handle the appeals from the decision of Cuyahoga County Board of Revision.

The Board of Revision shall hear complaints related to the valuation or assessment of real property. The board shall investigate all such complaints and may correct any assessment complained of, or it may order a reassessment by the original assessing officer. The following is the process.

  1. Filing Complaint Before March 31.
    All complaints for a tax year shall be filed with the Board of Revision no later than the thirty-first (31st) day of each March. Late filings will not be accepted by the Board.
  2. Minimum Data for Complaints. 
    In addition to supplying all applicable information called for by the complaint form, the complainant must supply the following data:

    • Name and mailing address of the Owner of record,
    • Name and mailing address of the Complainant,
    • Permanent Parcel Number for the subject property,
    • Complainant’s claimed true value of the property and the resulting change in the taxable value,
    • Reasons for the requested change in the property value.
  3. Scheduling & Service. 
    Complaints on residential properties will be scheduled for hearings that last ten to twenty-five minutes. Complaints on commercial property will take longer depending on the complexity of the case.
  4. Evidence: Complainants bear the burden of proving their claimed value. 
    A complainant shall provide to the Board of Revision all information or evidence within the complainant’s knowledge or possession that affects the real property that is the subject of the complaint.
    All evidence shall bear on the fair market value of the subject property. Parties shall file all evidence with the Board not later than five (5) days before the scheduled hearing date.
  5. Appeal:
    An appeal from a decision of the Board of Revision may be taken to the Board of Tax Appeals by the filing of a Notice of Appeal within thirty days after notice of the decision of the Board is mailed.  As an alternative, an appeal may be taken directly to the Court of Common Pleas of the County by the person in whose name the property is listed or sought to be listed for taxation. 
    The appeal may be heard on the record and the evidence certified to it by the Board of Revision, or it may be heard and considered with additional evidence.

Lei Jiang Law Firm has successfully appealed property value to the Cuyahoga County Board of Revision. For more information, please contact us.

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