Appealing Your Assessment

67-5-1402. Duties of Board.

The county board of equalization has and shall perform the following duties:

  1. Carefully examine, compare and equalize the county assessments;
  2. Assure that all taxable properties are included on the assessment lists;
  3. Eliminate from the assessment lists such property as is lawfully exempt from taxation;
  4. Hear complaints of taxpayers who feel aggrieved on account of excessive assessments of their property;
  5. Decrease the assessments of such properties as the board determines have been excessively assessed;
  6. Increase the assessments of such properties as the board determines are under assessed; provided, that owners of such properties are duly notified and given an opportunity to be heard;
  7. Correct such errors arising from clerical mistakes or otherwise that may come or be brought to the attention of the board; and
  8. Take whatever steps are necessary to assure that the assessments of all properties within its jurisdiction conform to laws of the state and rules and regulations of the state board of equalization.

67-5-1407. Complaints to County Board of Equalization.

(a) (1) Any owner of property or taxpayer liable for taxation in the state has the right by personal appearance, or by the personal appearance of the duly authorized agent of the owner of the property, which agency shall be evidenced by a written authorization executed by the owner or taxpayer, or by representation by an attorney, to make complaint before the county board of equalization on one (1) or more of the following grounds:

(A) Property under appeal or protest by the taxpayer has been erroneously classified or sub-classified for purposes of taxation;

(B) Property under appeal or protest by the taxpayer has been assessed on the basis of an appraised value that is more than the basis of value provided for in part 6 of this chapter; and

(C) Property other than property under appeal or protest by the taxpayer has been assessed on the basis of appraised values which are less than the basis of value provided for in part 6 of this chapter.

(2) Upon such complaint being made before the county board, it may hear any evidence or witness offered by the complainant, or may take such steps as it may deem material to the investigation of the complaint.

(b) (1) Any local governmental entity has the right to make a complaint before the assessor of property and county board of equalization on the value of property within the local governmental entity on one (1) or more of the following grounds:

(A) The property has been erroneously classified or sub-classified for purposes of taxation;

(B) The property has not been included on the assessment lists; and

(C) The property has been assessed on the basis of appraised values which are less than the basis of value provided for in part 6 of this chapter.

(2) Upon complaint by the local governmental entity, the county board of equalization shall give the property owner at least five (5) days' notice of a hearing to be held before the board; the notice shall be sent by United States mail to the last known address of the property owner.

(c) The county board may hear any evidence or witnesses offered by the local governmental entity or owner or may take such steps as it may deem material to the investigation of the complaint.

(d) When the assessor of property or the county board of equalization requests from the owner, or the owner's duly authorized agent, specific data regarding the property that is not readily available through public records and is necessary to make an accurate appraisal of the property in question, and such owner or duly authorized agent fails, refuses or neglects to supply this data in a timely manner for the assessor of property or county board of equalization to study and consider, the owner shall thereby forfeit the owner's right to introduce information concerning the property requested by the assessor of property or any local board of equalization, but denied by the lawful owner or the owner's duly authorized agent on appeal to the state board of equalization.

(e) (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section to the contrary, in any county having a population of not less than seven hundred seventy thousand (770,000) nor more than seven hundred eighty thousand (780,000) according to the 1980 federal census or any subsequent federal census, any taxpayer, or owner of property subject to taxation in the state, has the right to make complaint before the county board of equalization on one (1) or more of the following grounds:

(A) The property under complaint has been erroneously classified or sub-classified or erroneously assessed for purposes of taxation other than as provided in § 67-5-212;

(B) The property under complaint has been assessed on the basis of an appraised value that is more than the basis of value provided for in part 6 of this chapter; and

(C) Property other than the property under complaint has been assessed on the basis of appraised values that are less than the basis of value provided for in part 6 of this chapter.

(2) Any taxpayer, or owner, has the right to appear in person before any county board of equalization, or by an agent having written authorization, by an attorney, by an agent who is registered with the state board of equalization, or by any member of the taxpayer's or owner's immediate family. Any county board may permit written appearance and in that event, any subsequent appeal to the state board of equalization shall be limited to those grounds made by written appearance before the county board.

(3) In the event there may be duplicate appeals filed on any parcel or should the board have reason to believe that representation is not duly authorized, the board may require from any agent, or other representative, written authorization signed by the taxpayer.

(4) No agent or other representative shall file an appeal before the county or state boards of equalization without first obtaining written authorization from the taxpayer.