Assessor shares personal property tax remedies

ALAMOSA — From June 15 to June 30 owners of taxable personal property (e.g., furniture, equipment, etc.) may challenge the county assessor’s valuation of their property. The value determined by the assessor is based on information submitted on the taxpayer’s Personal Property Declaration Schedule. For those who failed to file a declaration schedule, the value was determined using the “best information available.”

Taxpayers who disagree with their personal property valuations may object by mail or in person by June 30. Once an objection has been filed, the assessor will review the account and mail the taxpayer a Notice of Determination by July 10. A taxpayer’s exclusive remedy for a “best information available” (BIA) valuation is the protest procedure described herein.

Those who disagree with the assessor’s decision may file an appeal with the county board of equalization. The appeal to the county board of equalization must be postmarked or hand-delivered by July 20. The county board will notify the taxpayer by mail of the hearing date, time, and place where they may present evidence in support of their case.  The county board will conclude hearings and render decisions by the close of business on August 5. The county board must mail a decision within five business days of the date of its decision. If the county board adjusts the value, the tax bill received next January will be based on the adjusted value. 

Those who disagree with the county board’s decision may file an appeal with the state Board of Assessment Appeals, district court, or request a binding arbitration hearing within 30 days of the county board’s decision.

For additional information regarding the protest and appeal process, contact the Alamosa County Assessor at (719) 589-6365.



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