How to File a Tax Assessment Appeal in Philadelphia

Appeal your assessment

Owners who wish to challenge their reassessment have two options, neither of which is mutually exclusive or requires the involvement of an attorney.

Residents can informally appeal the value of their new property by asking the Office of Property Assessment to conduct what is called a “First level review.”

For FLR exams, individuals must be able to prove one of the following, according to the city’s website:

  • The estimated market value of your home is too high or too low.
  • The estimated market value of your property is accurate, but unfair.
  • The characteristics of your property that affect its value are substantially incorrect. This includes a missing or incorrect allowance or exemption.

The form to ask appraisers for a second look will be included in an upcoming mailing from the city notifying homeowners of their new appraisals. Officials said the shipment should arrive by September 1, but could be delayed as the city supplier struggles to source enough envelopes due to supply chain issues.

Homeowners can also file a formal appeal of their assessment with the Tax Review Commission. The deadline, set by the State, is the first Monday in October, which is October 3 this year.

Neither option is particularly fast.

“They take a while, especially in years like this when you expect a significant number of people to appeal,” said Jonathan Sgro, accession unit supervising attorney. to Property and Consumer Rights from Community Legal Services.

Limit the impact of your evaluation

Alternatively, the city has existing programs designed to offset property reassignments.

with the city homestead exemption, most homeowners can get a reduction in the assessed value of their property by $45,000. For many, this translates to more than $600 per year in savings on their property tax bill. And once the city approves the application, owners never need to apply for the exemption again, as long as they continue to own and live in the property.

Homeowners who benefit from a 10-year residential allowance are not eligible for the homestead exemption.

Mayor Jim Kenney wants to increase the tax relief for owner-occupied homes to $65,000.

under the city Program for long-term homeowners, some owners can have the value of their property locked in as long as they remain eligible. The program is aimed at residents of rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

Kenney proposed increasing the total program cap from $25 million to $30 million

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be an owner whose assessment of the principal residence has increased by 50%
  • Have lived in their home for at least 10 years.
  • Be up to date with their property taxes, or a participant in a “payment agreement occupied by the owner” or installment plan.
  • Have an income below the program limits. For a family of four, the income limit is $158,100.