Q. How do I go about disputing my ad valorem tax notice?
A. If your property value is increased, you have 30 days from date of notice to file an appeal to the Board of Assessors, and if denied, then appeal to the Board of Equalization or to arbitration. (See How to appeal a property tax assessment on the website.)
Q. Do I need a lawyer?
A. In most cases a lawyer is not required and the appeals process is described under How to appeal a property tax assessment on the website. In addition, one of our goals is to help people understand this process and we offer taxpayer seminars to our members once a year.
Q. What is arbitration?
A. If your property tax is denied, you have the right to take your case to arbitration. You will be required to retain a licensed appraised who will appraise your property and then argue your claim against the Board of Assessors. (See How to appeal a property tax assessment on the website.)
Q. Can I get a refund if I've been overcharged the previous year?
A. Yes. Under Georgia law (OCGA SEC 48-5-380), a taxpayer has 3 years to file a claim for a refund with the County Board of Commissioners. You as the taxpayer must show that your property was "erroneously or illegally assessed."
Q. What will your association do for me?
A. Click on Join Today! to view the many benefits of membership.
Q. How do I become a member?
A. Click on Join Today! .
Q. Is the Dougherty County Taxpayer Association a non-profit?
A. While we have not filed for a 501(C)3 status, we are a totally volunteer non-for-profit organization with no salaried employees.
Q. Is my membership fee or donation tax deductible?
A. Always check with your tax advisor regarding tax deductions. In general, tax advice or contributions rendered for such are usually tax deductible. We use membership fees and donated funds to advise ad valorem taxpayers and to represent them in court (as a class or as individuals). Although we are a not-for-profit organization, we have a higher degree of financial flexibility without the 501(C)3 status.
Q. How is the money you raise spent?
A. Click on About Us to see the allocations of expenses.