Real Property Appeal Deadline Approaching for Durham Citizens
Durham, NC – Property owners wanting to dispute the assessed value of their home are reminded by Tax Administrator Kimberly Simpson that this year’s deadline to appeal real property tax values will be at 5p.m. on April 17, 2017.
“The deadline corresponds with date and time the Durham County Board of Equalization and Review officially adjourns for the year, and state statutes remove the Board’s authority to consider appeals filed after the adjournment,” said Simpson.
The Board of Equalization and Review has statutory duties and powers that permit hearing timely-filed appeals concerning the valuation or taxability of property. Appeals that are filed after the deadline will be automatically considered for the 2018 tax year.
For real property value appeals, the Board must always consider what the value of the property would have been on the date of the last countywide reappraisal. Durham County’s last reappraisal took effect on January 1, 2016, therefore, it is also the valuation date for all real property in the county until the next reappraisal, which is currently scheduled for January 1, 2019.
According to Simpson, giving close attention to deadlines and procedures is important to the appeals process. “While citizens have the opportunity to appeal their property’s value every year, remember that, until 2019, the question for value appeals will always be, ‘What would my property have been worth on January 1, 2016?’”
Citizens are encouraged to contact the Durham County tax office at (919) 560-0300 to speak with a representative for questions or further information.