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Significant Change Proposed by Councilman Ed Kress, Board of Viewers Filing Fee Increases

This article will provide readers with the latest property assessment updates in Allegheny County. A Significant Change in the Appeals Process is Proposed by County Councilman Ed Kress Allegheny County Councilman Ed Kress proposed a piece of legislation earlier this week that could have a significant impact on the Allegheny County property appeals process. Currently,

Property Assessment Updates From Allegheny County & Washington County

This article will provide readers with both the latest property assessment update from both Washington County and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Specifically: The latest news from the beginning of the reassessment process in Washington County. The latest news in the Allegheny County reassessment process and the changing tax burden for property owners. Each topic is discussed

Judge Wettick Denies Appraisals as Absolute for Property Assessments

This article will provide readers with the latest updates concerning the Allegheny County property assessments. The latest two developments are as follows: 1. Last week, Judge R. Stanton Wettick dismissed the class action suit filed by property owners against the Board of Property Assessments Appeals and Review (BPAAR) and Allegheny County. 2. The latest scheduling

Allegheny County Ignores Appeal Results & Sends Wrong Tax Bills.

If you thought winning your tax appeal was going to reduce your Allegheny County property tax bill, you were wrong. At least on paper. Allegheny County Sends Wrong Tax Bills. Allegheny County has made yet another blunder concerning the 2013 property tax reassessments. A blunder that is leaving thousands of property owners once again frustrated

2013 Allegheny County Assessment Updates

1.27.13 Allegheny County Assessment Headlines: This article will provide readers with the latest updates concerning the Allegheny County assessments. The latest three developments are as follows: The City of Pittsburgh’s proposed 30% decrease for 2013 millage rates. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s proposed legislation,which would provide property owners with a second chance to appeal their 2013

Allegheny County Cracks Down on Charitable Tax Exempt Properties

This article will provide readers with the most recent updates in the ongoing attempt made by Allegheny County to limit the amount of charitable tax exempt properties in the County. Specifically highlighted below are the following topics: The criteria required for a charitable institution to qualify for a tax exempt property; The controversy revolving around

Judge Denies Request to Lower Assessments

Judge R. Stanton Wettick has denied a request to automatically lower hundreds of thousands of property assessments in poorer neighborhoods. Attorney Don Driscoll argued that a recent independent study demonstrated that poorer neighborhoods were paying more than their fair share. The motion was denied because the court determined that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not

Should Commercial Property Owners Bypass the First Hearing?

Tax Appeals For Commercial Property Owners: This article should help commercial property owners understand the advantages and disadvantages of entering the commercial bypass process. On September 24, 2012, Allegheny County sent a letter to all commercial property owners who have a pending 2013 tax appeal with new assessments exceeding one million dollars. This letter was

Status Update for Allegheny County Property Assessments

This article will update readers on the status of the Allegheny County property reassessments as of September 9, 2012. The Formal Hearings: The formal hearings for the 2013 property tax appeals are in full swing at the Allegheny County Office Building in downtown Pittsburgh. The Office of Property Assessments is under Court Order to hear


ALLEGHENY COUNTY RELEASES ALL INFORMAL RESULTS. If you filed an informal tax appeal hearing in Allegheny County for the new 2012 reassessments, you should be receiving your informal decision soon, if you have not already. Allegheny County has released the statistics from the informal appeals process which concluded June 1, 2012. The numbers reveal that

Will Legislation Stop the Reassessments?

There have been various news articles in the last few weeks relating to a bill that was recently passed by the Pennsylvania State House relating to property reassessments. Some are predicting that this bill will suspend the current reassessment in Allegheny County. Below you will find an explanation of this bill, and why this bill

How to Defend 2012 & 2013 School Tax Appeals.

This article will help property owners understand some basics in defending 2012 and 2013 property tax appeals in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Background: School districts and municipalities in Allegheny County have the right to appeal both the 2012 assessment and the 2013 assessment of any property. We are seeing that many school districts are appealing

“The Fix is In.” – Why 7/10 Are Under-Assessed.

This article will provide my insight and opinion as to why I believe 7 out of 10 residential properties in more affluent areas are still under-assessed in the Allegheny County reassessments. I will further opine why I believe this was intentional rather than accidental and is going to create some future problems for residents, depending

2/8/12 – Did Outsourcing Cause Allegheny County Assessment Chaos?

This article will question whether outsourcing the 2012 Allegheny County property reassessments was the best idea for the residents of Allegheny County. The Problem: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently questioned the fairness of the new 2012 Allegheny County property reassessments. The Post-Gazette review found that in Pittsburgh, expensive property values were underestimated as compared to lower-priced

2/8/12 – Allegheny County 2012 Reassessment Update.

This article will update readers about the current status of the 2012 Allegheny County property reassessments as of February 8, 2012. CITY OF PITTSBURGH & MOUNT OLIVER If you own property in the City of Pittsburgh or Mount Oliver, you should have received your 2012 reassessment already in the mail. You may check new 2012

1/24/12 – Assessment Deadline for City Extended – Others Waiting.

Allegheny County Assessment Update: 1/24/12 Allegheny County has announced that the property tax assessment formal appeal deadline for the City of Pittsburgh and Mount Oliver has been extended from February 24, 2012 until April 2, 2012. The informal deadline has been changed to February 15, 2012. Property owners in the City of Pittsburgh and Mt.

1/23/12 – Allegheny County New Assessment Website is a NIGHTMARE for Taxpayers.

Allegheny County’s new website for the release of the 2012 Allegheny County property reassessment values will prove frustrating and more difficult for property owners. Instead of simply adding the new 2012 values on the existing Allegheny County real estate website, (like the County did three weeks ago), Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald chose to create

2012 Allegheny County Tax Assessments to Continue Despite Fitzgerald Controversy

While the drama continues, the Allegheny County Tax Assessment experts, Flaherty & Fardo, are here to keep you filled in on all the latest happenings.

“Scent of a Fitzgerald:” Decision-making in the Allegheny County Tax Assessments

What is best for Allegheny County residents? The Allegheny County Tax Assessment experts - Flaherty & Fardo - weigh in.

What is the Difference Between an Informal Hearing and a Formal Appeal Hearing?

Breaking down the difference between formal, and informal allegheny county tax appeal hearings

How to Defend 2011 Property Tax Appeals in Allegheny County.

While buying a home in Allegheny County has a variety of perks, it’s no secret that the Allegheny County Tax Assessment system is a mess. Here are two tips for defending your property tax assessment.

Understanding the Pennsylvania Clean & Green Act

Understand the basics of the Pennsylvania Clean & Green Act - an act that provides tax advantages to clean and green PA properties and businesses.

2012 Allegheny County Tax Assessments on Schedule Despite Problems

Prior to 2012, Allegheny County is using a 2002 Base Year for property assessments. What does this mean for your Allegheny County Tax Assessment?

Allegheny County Fires 2012 Reassessment Workers

When it comes to Allegheny County Tax Assessment, you want a fair assessment of your property so that you pay a fair amount in property tax.

Top 10 Mistakes Made By Property Owners in Allegheny Property Tax Appeals

We've outlined the top 10 mistakes made by property owners in their property tax appeal: to keep you from hurting your chances of winning your hearing and getting the assessment you deserve.

Advice for Defending and Winning PA School Property Tax Appeals

Have a PA School Property Tax Appeal Hearing coming up? Not sure how to prepare, or what to do? Don’t worry. Here is some basic information from Flaherty & Fardo.

Do I need an Appraisal for my Allegheny Property Tax Appeal?

A common question from our clients is whether or not they need an appraisal for their Allegheny County property tax assessment appeal. The not-so-simple answer is: it depends.

What Happens at the Allegheny County Board of Viewer (BOV) hearing?

It is a long wait and almost always means there will be multiple years at issue by the time the case is finally called. Learn how to navigate this stressful process from the BOV real estate trial experts, Flaherty & Fardo.

What does the 2002 Base Year Mean for my Allegheny County Property Tax Appeal?

Everyone knows the property tax assessment system - notably in Allegheny County - is broken and unfair. Properties are often overvalued for a variety of reasons, meaning property owners are paying too much in property taxes.

How Do I Defend a PA School Property Tax Assessment Appeal?

A: By being more prepared and understanding the rules of evidence and law. The school districts of Allegheny County are now filing 2010 assessment appeals against property owners who recently purchased their properties. The logic is that if the purchase price is higher than the current assessment, that the assessment should be raised. However, under

The Allegheny County Reassessments are Coming

As of July 2010, Allegheny County is intending on reassessing approximately the 580,000 properties in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Allegheny County Tax Assessments could raise your property taxes, which is why you should know what to expect.

Defending PA School Property Tax Appeals

If you are involved in an Allegheny County residential property tax appeal, there is the possibility that you will receive a letter from the school district asking to enter your property or even worse, enter your home.

Why is the School District Appealing my Property Assessment?

Since 2004, School Districts have been aggressively filing property appeals against property owners. Their target has primarily been recent home buyers.

Allegheny County Sued Over Property Reassessments (Again)

The property assessment experts of Allegheny County - Flaherty & Fardo - weigh in and explain why this lawsuit will likely not grant homeowners the justice they hope for.

Why 2010 is Ripe for Allegheny County Property Assessment Appeals

The deadline to file a 2010 Allegheny County Property Assessment appeal is March 31, 2010. But this year (2010) is ripe and may be necessary to appeal. Here’s why.

How Much is my Property Worth in an Allegheny County Property Assessment?

Pennsylvania assessment laws require that real estate be valued according to its “actual value” and at a bona fide rate and price for which the property would separately sell. The courts have interpreted actual value to mean market value. Market value has been defined by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court as “the price in a

3/4/12 – Attorney Fardo to Speak at Seminar on Tax Exemptions.

Attorney Noah Paul Fardo will be a guest lecturer on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar focusing on the reassessments in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The event will presented to lawyers and real estate professionals from noon to 2:00pm in the Gold Room on the 9th floor of the Allegheny County