U.S. homeowners and renters are spending more on housing as income levels have dropped and housing costs have risen. Federal cutbacks and budget shortfalls across states, counties and municipalities have forced increases in property taxes across the board, placing a substantially greater burden on homeowners. Unfortunately, state and local governments have not found exact measures to assess property taxes, and for a wide variety of reasons, such as clerical, legal or valuation errors, many assessments are incorrect. In fact, up to 60 percent of all homes are over-assessed and not in line with their actual value.*
Developed specially for homeowners, AHA's Homeowner's Property Tax Reduction Kit is a comprehensive step-by-step guide designed to help educate and empower homeowners as to their rights as landowners and informs them as to how they can reduce their property taxes by appealing the accuracy and fairness of their property tax assessment.
The Kit shows homeowners exactly how to determine if they are paying more property taxes than needed. Since anyone who is required to pay property tax may appeal, the Kit presents the strategies and delivers the tools necessary for homeowners to prepare, present and win a property tax appeal case. Additionally, it provides homeowners with a historical viewpoint of how and why property tax began in the first place. This perspective will help educate citizens as to the rights and privileges afforded to homeowners, as mandated by law. In addition, it provides homeowners with guidance as to how to initiate the review and appeal process in their particular area of the country, along with the necessary forms and guidelines that are appropriate to their geographic location.
AHA's Homeowner's Property Tax Reduction Kit also contains a glossary of the most-commonly used property tax terms that will help to introduce and educate homeowners to terminology used during the property tax appeal process. In addition, it provides useful samples and guidelines as they relate to frequently asked questions posed by homeowners as they begin the appeal process.
Membership to the AHA is not required to obtain the Homeowner's Property Tax Reduction Kit. Consumers can receive access to the kit at www.homeownertaxcut.com for the one time price of $ 29.95. Full AHA membership is open to all consumers, and owning a home is not a requirement. A full year's membership to the AHA costs $99. First time members can sign up for a risk-free 30-day AHA trial membership, where they can download a copy of the Kit for $1.95 at www.homeownertaxcut.com
Existing AHA members will receive full access to the Property Tax Reduction Kit at no additional charge.
* Source - The National Taxpayers Union