Property Tax Appeals
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I still pay my taxes even though I plan on appealing them?
We encourage you to pay your taxes in a timely manner. You can receive the benefit of the early discount and paying your taxes does not affect your appeal rights.
 
If we cannot lower the real market value below the assessed value we cannot lower the taxes, right?
No. Because of Measure 5 there are savings available through compression. It is a long conversation to explain to you what compression is, that is why we encourage you to submit your tax statement for our review and we will let you know if your taxes can be appealed.
 
What is the timeline involved for filing an appeal?
You have until Dec. 31 to file either in person or have your petition postmarked that day. All petitions need to be addressed to the right address. That address is available on the Oregon Department of Revenue website.
 
How do I know whether I can file or not?
If you can prove you paid the property taxes you would have standing and therefore would probably be able to appeal.
 
Do I have to appear at the hearing?
No. You can submit your petition with your evidence and hope either the assessor or the board agrees with you and grants you the request you are asking for.
 
How can the assessor adjust my real market value so high?
The assessor is allowed, by statute, to assign any value they want on your property at any time. It is up to you to prove them wrong through this process. You are stuck with the value until you appeal.
 
The assessor is requesting an inspection of my property, am I required to allow them in?
No. You would probably want to call us for advice on this matter.
 
The timeline is so confusing, do I give them evidence around my hearing date, when I paid the bill, etc?
The assessment date which is the first of January in the year you received the bill is the date you need to be concerned about. All evidence should bracket that date.
 
Can I have someone else represent me since I will not be available for the hearing date and time they have scheduled for me?
The board will consider representatives for you subject to your authorization. Typically they allow Attorneys, CPA’s and Realtors along with designated representatives such as trustees, etc.
 
When do I find out the decision?
Most boards will give you the answer the day you are there. Multnomah County mails their decision within 2 weeks after the hearing.
 
Can I appeal a decision from the board?
Yes, you can. Either party (you or the assessor) has the right to appeal a BOPTA decision within 30 days of the hearing. Oregon Tax Magistrate Court would be your remedy and currently they are charging a filing fee of $252 for these cases.