How do I begin? + Show Answer
Simply return to the Home Page and click on "Appeal Now!" next to "for Arizona". Complete the online fillable forms and sign them. Email, fax or surface mail them to us. We will then contact you if we need anything else. Once your Order has been processed, we will confirm this by email. It couldn't be simpler for you!!
Should I appeal my property tax every year? + Show Answer
Yes! Various un-biased, "third party" sources recommend that you check your property valuation each year. These include Consumer's Reports, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine and others. Even if your property value decreased or didn't change, we strongly recommend you ask TaxDetective to lower your property tax. Since 1997, our experience has shown that owners who consistently ask us each year to file an appeal end up with lower property taxes.
Are there up-front fees? + Show Answer
Generally no. Tax Detective's business is lowering property taxes. We do not charge up-front fees on residential properties having a valuation of $400,000 or more. For lower valued properties, sometimes we need to in order to file the appeal. We determine whether an up-front fee is necessary after receiving your two completed forms. We will then contact you by email.
How accurate is the Assessor's valuation of my property? + Show Answer
It depends. In Arizona, the Assessor is responsible for appraising all real properties each year. A Mass Appraisal System is used and valuations are set according to approximate market value. Sales of similar properties are used to determine market values. Given the allowable time and resource constraints, this is a challenge. In times of uncertainty and changing market values it is very difficult.
Are there filing deadlines? + Show Answer
Yes. There is only a 60 day "window of opportunity" in Arizona. The filing deadlines vary depending on the county in which your property is. See Arizona Deadlines for further information. A late fee is usually charged if all the requested materials are not sent to TaxDetective by the deadline. .
Are there late fees? + Show Answer
A late fee may be charged if all the requested materials are not sent to TaxDetective by the deadline.
Why does TaxDetective say "estimated" property tax savings? + Show Answer
In Arizona, when TaxDetective's work is complete, we use the most current tax rates to calculate the property tax savings. These are generally the tax rates for the previous tax year. While tax rates vary by jurisdiction from year to year, they usually don't change dramatically. TaxDetective has a long-standing policy of refunding any difference providing it agrees with the calculations submitted by a property owner.
May I appeal non-residential properties? + Show Answer
Yes! We welcome all types of real properties.
May I appeal more than one property? + Show Answer
Yes! It is best to appeal all of the real properties you own. You may use one set of forms for all properties providing they are all in Arizona. For properties in other states, return to the Home Page and choose the other state.
May I appeal properties in other states? + Show Answer
Yes! Please return to the Home Page and choose another state.
How do I pay TaxDetective? + Show Answer
When do I pay TaxDetective? + Show Answer
You pay us after we are successful in lowering your property tax. When our work is complete and we have lowered your property valuation and therefore your property tax, we will send you an invoice along with supporting documents. You can expect to receive these in the Fall season of the year in which your appeal is filed. Please see About Arizona.
What about the property tax bill that I recently received? + Show Answer
The property tax bill that you just received is for this year. The property taxes shown on this bill are calculated using the original valuation (or revised valuation from a successful Appeal) sent to you last year. This valuation along with the tax rates of the various governmental jurisdictions determine the property taxes due in this bill. For a more thorough explanation of your Property Tax Bill, Click Here." .
Why did my property taxes go up after TaxDetective successfully lowered my property value? + Show Answer
Property taxes are calculated from two components: the property valuation and the tax rates set by every government jurisdiction. For a more thorough explanation of your Property Tax Bill, Click Here.