The “Mailbox Rule” and Property Tax Appeals


We strongly encourage you to hand deliver your property tax appeal form and get a copy with a stamp that says “Received by County Tax Assessors Office” to keep in your records.

However, you can mail in your property tax appeal form.  If you mail in your property tax appeal form, then it must be postmarked by the deadline located in the upper right hand corner of your Annual Notice of Tax Assessment.

This is due to O.C.G.A. § 50-13-23, more commonly known as “the mailbox rule”.

This is the law that caused huge lines at the Post Office on April 15 before turbo tax or e-filing tax existed.  According to this law, a document is received on the date it is postmarked, and not the date it is actually received.

Deadline to File a 2017 Property Tax Appeal


‘I have to hang up. I only have an hour to get these reports done.’

DOUBLE CHECK THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER OF YOUR NOTICE OF TAX ASSESSMENT TO VERIFY THE DEADLINE FOR YOUR PROPERTY.

In O.C.G.A. § 48-5-306, Georgia law says “If you wish to file an appeal, you must do so in writing no later than 45 days after the date of this notice.”

While most properties in each County have the same deadline, some of them have different deadlines than others.  PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THE UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER OF YOUR NOTICE OF TAX ASSESSMENT TO VERIFY THE DEADLINE FOR YOUR PROPERTY.

http://www.cbs46.com/story/35569739/appeal-your-fulton-county-tax-assessment

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/sticker-shock-some-homeowners-not-happy-with-latest-property-assessment/528413523

http://www.11alive.com/money/how-to-appeal-if-your-fulton-county-tax-bill-has-doubled/444461811