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Arizona Property Taxes Are Due - And Yours Could Get Even Higher.

No one who lives in Arizona will argue - we have some of the highest property taxes in the country. 

The second half of Arizona State Property taxes are due tomorrow, March 1st.  And those taxes could get higher.

Why?  If you are an investor, a second home owner or a home owner who just wasn't paying attention months ago - your tax bill will increase $600 for each property that you own - unless you fill out the "I certify this home is owner-occupied" card.   If you don't, your home wil  automatically be considered a rental, and the result - you pay a higher tax fee.

How did this happen? Because of a tiny little provision in a 214 page document that alters tax credits this year for owner-occupied homes of a $600 tax rebate.  This is an automatic rebate - and comes from a portion of what you pay for public school taxes.  If you rent out your home - it was up to you to notify the assessor's office that the home is no longer owner occupied. 

Why the change? Two reasons - one because Arizona businesses were given a $538 million tax cut package - and to offset their credit - homeowners will have to pay higher taxes to make up for the business credit. And two, to catch the people not declaring, or who are unaware that they are suppose to notify that their home is non-owner occupied.

How will the assessor's office notify homeowners  of this change?  When notices of valuations are sent out.  These tiny cards look like they do every year - and unfortunately, they also look like junk mail and the concern is many people will unintentionally toss them and subsequently be taxed.

Can you appeal this if you are "owner-occupied"?  Yes.  But it is not easy. Here is a link to the Pima County Assessors websites appeal process.   So pay attention this time around - as the notices of property valuations will be sent out tomorrow!

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Comment balloon 5 commentsGabrielle Kamahele Rhind • February 28 2011 09:07AM


this is an issue not just in Arizona...this is an issue all over the Country. Governments that over shot now have to make up the short fall.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) over 7 years ago

Gabrielle....great reminder....I did appeal one time and won....It felt great. I think they know not many people will contest the raise so they are open for a few appeals now and then....Nice post!
Hope you have a great day!---Rob

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 7 years ago

Sneaky aren't they?  We have a provision of wrongful valuation or exemption that can be recouped by the owner over a two year time period should this be applied and proved correct.  It is a pain but helpful to many who just overlooked those tiny check boxes and the I must get out my magnify glass small print.  All the best and great local info for your readers!  Have a wonderful week!!

Posted by Connie Goodrich, CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

Don't you hate being taxed by people who don't know what a budget is?  I'm beginning to think fiscal responsibility is a myth and will never be accomplished in my lifetime =)

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 7 years ago


I am one of those people who didn't know about this; thanks for the blog post!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 7 years ago

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