Commonwealth’s No-Risk Fee
Commonwealth’s fee for managing the appeal of your property assessment is contingent on the amount of tax savings that you realize. After your successful appeal, our fee will be a percentage of the next year’s annual tax savings. We will hire and pay an attorney to represent you during the assessment appeal. The law firm that we hire may be McClellan Legal LLC (the law firm of Commonwealth’s founding member, James S. McClellan) or for strategic reasons, another law firm. If you do not receive a property assessment reduction resulting in a property tax savings, you will owe us nothing. Commonwealth’s fee is not at risk.
County’s Filing Fee
Filing your assessment appeal requires paying the county’s administrative filing fee. The county’s filing fee is typically $25-$50 and varies based on the specific county and type of appeal. If you agree to hire Commonwealth to manage your assessment appeal, we will ask that you forward the county’s filing fee check to our office so that we can attach the filing fee check to your assessment appeal application.
The burden is on the property owner to prove that the property is over-assessed. The best way to prove the current Fair Market Value of your property is via an appraisal report generated by a PA certified appraiser. An appraisal typically costs $350-400 and will paid directly to the appraiser at the time of the appraisal inspection. Commonwealth will recommend an experienced local PA certified appraiser to generate your appraisal report. If you have a recent appraisal report (e.g., from a purchase or refinance), that appraisal report may be sufficient for your appeal.