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How to Appeal your North Carolina Property Tax: An Interview with Thomas Jeter of Nosal & Jeter, LLP

By Thomas Jeter

About our firm: Nosal & Jeter, LLP

Our Law Firm Nosal & Jeter, LLP was founded by Peter J. Nosal and Thomas C. Jeter III in January 2011. The founding partners were classmates at the University of South Carolina School of Law and decided to start their own business after gaining experience working as associates for other firms. We are a regional law firm that serves both North Carolina and South Carolina and have offices in Cornelius and Charlotte, NC and Fort Mill, SC. In addition to Real Estate law, our other primary practice areas include estate planning, probate, business law, and traffic law.

Our mission at Nosal & Jeter, LLP: While Providing the highest quality business law, estate planning, probate and traffic law services to the people of North Carolina and South Carolina, our Estate planning attorneys will present you with affordable solutions and personal care to protect your loved ones.

How is real property valued in North Carolina?

Revaluation is the process of reappraising real property within a county for tax assessment purposes and is required to be done at least once every eight years by North Carolina statute. The goal of the revaluation is to value your property at the current market price and equitably distribute the tax burden among county residents based on the value of their home. The county tax assessor has limited resources to revalue every property in a county and sometimes make generalizations regarding neighborhood characteristics, land abnormalities, and market trends that may lead to an unfair revaluation of your property significantly above its true market value.

How to appeal your North Carolina Property Tax Value?

The first step in the tax appeal process is filing a request for informal review with the County tax assessor's office. You can providing supporting documentation at this time for the county tax assessor to review and asking them to reconsider their valuation and correct any errors that you pointed out. If you are unsuccessful, you will receive a letter stating "no change in value" and provide you the opportunity to appeal to the Board of Equalization and Review (BER) within 30 days. This board is composed of members of the real estate community, who are not county employees. The final level of appeal for most homeowners is the North Carolina Property Tax Commission in Raleigh, but most homeowners typically do not go past the local BER appeal level. Our law firm assists clients through all stages of the appeal process including researching supporting evidence, filing the appeal, negotiating with the county assessor's office, and arguing the property tax appeal at the BER or Property Tax Commission levels.

What are some common mistakes in the tax appeal process

The most common mistake that homeowners make is submitting appraisals or comparable sales data from sales that are outside the target range for the most recent revaluation. Since the most recent revaluation was January 1, 2011, only sales date from before that time period will be considered. I have witnessed many homeowners become upset when arguing their appeal that the appraisal they purchased will not be considered by the board because it was based on comps past the appeal date.

One of the most common errors made by the tax assessor's office is not having correct information on your property. Often times the reappraisal will incorrectly state your square footage, include features that do not exist, or incorrectly list the grade of construction. If the homeowner reviews their house's tax listing and points these mistakes to the tax assessor, the county assessor is typically agreeable to making the necessary changes to correctly list your property.

How can I reach you?

If you have specific questions or would like assistance appealing your property tax value in Mecklenburg County, attorney Thomas C. Jeter III can be reached at (704) 608-3429 or by email at Please visit our website: to learn more information about our firm.

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Thomas C. Jeter III is a partner in the Cornelius office of Nosal & Jeter, LLP and...

Phone: (704) 608 ? 3429

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