This report is for homeowners who wish to challenge their tax assessment. If you've recently received your tax bill and it's higher then you feel it should be you may submit an appraisal to your local tax assessor and dispute the amount of taxes you are being assessed. Please call your local tax assessor for the proper procedure to follow before you order an appraisal. You may create an account to access the list of services offered. Look for Tax Disputes option in the list of services or you may phone me directly (337-298-3732) and we can discuss your situation and I can create the order for you. These reports must be paid for at the time they are ordered.
Below is a list of phone numbers for the assessor's offices in the parishes I cover.
Lafayette: 337-291-7080 Acadia: 337-788-8871
Assessment appeal services
Most localities determine your property tax burden based on an ad valorem assessment of the property's value. Sometimes, as a property owner, you get an unwanted surprise in the mail telling you your taxes are going up, and sometimes it may seem as though your assessment is too high.
Often, matters like this can be resolved with a phone call. However, if after discussing your assessment with your local taxing authority you still feel as though your property was overvalued, a professional, independent, third-party appraiser is often your best bet in proving your case. That's where we come in.
There are as many different procedures for appealing assessments as there are property taxing districts, so it's important to enlist the help of a professional appraisal firm that's experienced and trained in the ins and outs of your particular jurisdiction.
Sometimes, you will have a hearing on your assessment appeal and will need for the appraiser you've hired to testify on your behalf. Be assured that at DP Taylor Real Estate Appraiser, LLC, we are able to professionally and persuasively testify at appeal hearings. Browse our website to learn more about our qualifications, expertise and services offered.
Please note: It makes sense to do your own research before determining whether to go forward with a property assessment appeal, especially before you make the decision to hire a professional appraiser. However, according to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), we are not allowed to take "shortcuts" -- i.e., your research -- and use it on its face value as part of our independent evaluation. When you hire us for an assessment appeal, you're commissioning an independent, third-party professional appraisal report. As such we do our own evaluation, beginning to end. If you're right that your property has been overvalued, an independent report such as ours will be even more persuasive than any other evidence you can marshal on your own. But it depends on our ability to do the work independently.