Beware of offers to help reduce property taxes | News
Many consumers are receiving letters from companies offering to lower their property taxes. These companies will charge fees to research and dispute your property's assessment, guaranteeing that they will lower your taxes.
Even though some companies might actually perform some work by filing a request for a property reassessment on your behalf. Consumers may do the same thing for FREE.
"Scammers are extremely good at tricking consumers into paying for services that can be done for free or by not providing them with what was promised," said Cynthia Sich, Director of the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs. "If you receive material in the mail, by telephone or email, call our office at 330-643-2879 to check on a company's complaint history before you pay or agree to their service."
The Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs reminds consumers to watch out for:
1. Letters that look as if they are from government agencies, but in fact are from private companies.
2. Requires an upfront fee to challenge an assessment.
3. Services that request a certified copy of your property deed, costing you more money.
4. Companies that ask for your Social Security number.
The Summit County Fiscal Office's Board of Revision, reviews complaints about property values.
To learn how to file complaints contact the Board of Revision at 330- 926-2559, or visit http://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/board-of-revision-complaint.
Fiscal Officer Scalise said, "Any property owner who wishes to file against the valuation of real property can do so on your own." Scalise further stated, "There is no cost or fee to file with Board of Revision."
By statute, an application can be submitted to the Board of Revision after January 1 but prior to the close of business at 4 p.m. on March 31.