You can reduce property taxes for free, so don’t fall for companies that charge for this service. When I arrived home yesterday, I saw a wonderful letter from a nice company offering to save me thousands of dollars on my property tax. Since property values have cratered, they told me I could apply to have my property tax reduced, saving me big bucks.
The company would go through the trouble of filling out the documents and acting as my advocate with the nasty authorities in Sacramento. All they wanted in exchange for this wonderful service was $179.
At first, it looked like a reasonable offer. I dislike paperwork and I have enough on my plate. I do want to save money of course and I love saving time. I did a Google search and I even found comments that were very complimentary of these companies. But just for fun, I went to the County Assessor. Here’s what I learned.
Regardless of where you live, chances are you can fill out a one-page form and save the $179.
Visit your County Assessor website and do a search for Decline in Value Reassessment form. Don’t fall for these companies who are little better than debt relief scams. In fact, they’re probably owned by the same people!
Have you received one of these scam letters? Did you fall for it? How did you respond?