Assessment Appeal Services

Alan Irish was a member of the Orange County Assessment Appeals Board for 10 years and is more than qualified to handle any and all assessment appeal related cases.

California passed Proposition #13 in 1978. It set up a series of laws that revalues realty upon change of ownership. Proposition #8 allows for a temporary reduction in value.

Counties determine property tax burden based on an ad valorem assessment of the property’s value. Sometimes, as a property owner, you get an unwanted surprise in the mail telling you your taxes are going up, and in rough financial times it may seem as though your assessment is maintained too high.

Often, matters like this can be resolved with a phone call. If after discussing your assessment with your local taxing authority you still feel as though your property is still overvalued, a professional, independent, third-party is often your best bet in proving your case. That’s where we come in.

There are many different procedures for a property tax appeal and they vary by property taxing districts, so it is important to enlist the help of a firm of experts that is experienced and trained in the ins and outs of your particular jurisdiction. The tax laws are extensive and we will use them to your best advantage.

Please note: It makes sense to do your own research before determining whether to go forward with a property tax appeal, especially before you make the decision to hire a professional. However, according to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), we are not allowed to take “shortcuts” – i.e., use only your research as part of our independent evaluation. When you hire us for an assessment appeal, you’re commissioning an independent, third-party professional appraisal. As such we do our own evaluation, from beginning to end. If you’re right that your property has been overvalued, an independent report such as ours will be more persuasive than other evidence you can marshal. But it depends on our ability to do the work independently.

Sometimes a hearing on your assessment appeal and will require the presence of a certified appraiser hired to testify on your behalf. Be assured that at Irish Appraisal Service, we are able to professionally and persuasively testify at property tax appeal hearings.