Are you a Jackson County homeowner? You may want to take a look at your property tax assessment because some of the values are significantly more than the actual home value. The deadline to file an informal appeal is approaching, and it’s a reasonably straightforward process to get your value changed. It starts with a Jackson County Missouri real estate search, which we can provide instantly and for free!
Jackson County property tax
In odd-numbered years, Jackson County assesses homes. The goal is to set the market value. However, this year’s assessed market value is catching homeowners by surprise.
It’s estimated 84-percent of Jackson County homeowners saw an increase in their property tax appraisal compared to last year. Jackson County Tax Assessor Gail McCann Beatty said about one-third saw a “significant” increase.
There’s no debating the real estate market is up. Real estate agents are seeing homes sell for more money than year’s past. For example, the average sales price in May 2018 was $228,690 in the Kansas City area. This year, it’s $240,302. That’s an increase of more than $11-thousand year over year, according to the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors® (KCRAR).
However, the increase in home values is not as significant as the increase assessed by the County.
The property tax appraisal should be similar to what you could sell your home for if you put it on the market.
When the property tax appraisals are significantly higher than home sales, you’ll pay more taxes than you should.
The Sally Moore Real Estate team has seen some cases where the assessed value is $100-thousand more than the actual market value of the home.
This Rayton homeowner posted that her taxes went up $1800 due to the increased property tax appraisal.
If you don’t have the form you received in the mail, you can check your assessed value here.
How to file an appeal with the Jackson County Tax Assessor
You can appeal the assigned value with a formal or informal appeal. If you don’t like the decision locally, you can then request a review from the state.
These are the important dates to remember:
- File an informal appeal with the Jackson County Assessment Department by Monday, June 24.
- File a formal appeal with the Jackson County Board of Equalization by Monday, July 8.
- If you disagree with the decision by the BOE, you can file an appeal with the State Tax Commission within 30 days or by September 30, 2019, whichever date is later.
First, an informal appeal takes minutes to complete. You fill out this online form with your Parcel Number and PIN. You’ll find them at the top of the reassessment notice.
Once you complete the online application, you need supporting documentation which the Sally Moore Real Estate Team can provide for FREE and instantly. Our home value report shows you Jackson County real estate sales for homes like yours that are nearby. These home sale reports are helpful in appealing your property tax appraisal.
If home sales are less than your assigned value, then you may want to file an appeal. You can make the argument that if you can’t sell your home for the assessed value, then you shouldn’t pay taxes on it at that price.
Here’s the tricky part. While you can file an informal appeal online, you can’t upload the documentation. It must be submitted by email, fax, or mail within 72 hours of your online appeal or on or before June 24, 2019, whichever timeframe happens first.
With something as significant as your property taxes, it’s important you meet all the deadlines or you could pay a big price.
Jackson County MO Real Estate
With the deadline approaching to file an informal appeal, which is easier than a formal request, it’s time for you to do Jackson County Missouri real estate sales search.
We’ll send you an automatic home value, and then will follow-up with a more formal report. These reports include previous sales for neighbors and nearby homes, giving you an idea of what a comparable home sold for recently. Since it’s a computer-generated report and instant, the Sally Moore Real Estate Team always follows-up with a more personalized report.
You can also use our Kansas City Market Reports to pull Kansas City area data. You won’t get data specific to your home and neighborhood, but it shows the trend in home sales.
Another suggestion is to include the average list price for homes currently on the market.
You can find all Jackson County Missouri homes for sale here.
Once you have the report, write your parcel number on every page and submit it to Jackson County. Remember you only have 72 hours to do this, after completing your informal online review. The last day for documentation is June 24th.
Where to send documentation for property tax appeal:
- email to InformalReview@JacksonGov.org
- Fax to 816.881.1403
- Mail it or hand deliver it to:
Jackson County Assessment Department
Taxpayer Assistance Unit
415 E. 12th Street, Suite 104
Kansas City, MO 64106
You’ll get an email confirmation if your value decreases, and a mail response if it increases.
Kansas City home staging
Perhaps the assessment has you thinking it’s time to sell because you didn’t realize your house was worth that much.
We can help with that, as values are up. We are seeing some homes sell in 24 hours due to market conditions and our home staging, which is a FREE service! It’s still a seller’s market, allowing you to get more money for your home.
Look at the trends for the average sales price for a home in the Kansas City area, from the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors® (KCRAR).
Take advantage of these sales prices and traditionally low-interest rates. If you’re thinking of downsizing, upsizing, or moving, this is the perfect time to sell fast.
We’ll even stage your home for FREE. It’s proven that Kansas City home staging sells homes for more money and faster!
With home staging, less is more. We’ll use a mix of your items and ours to emphasize your home’s highlights. For example, we can use mirrors to make a room look larger. Here are some before and after pictures of our Kansas City area home staging.