As many as 60 percent of U.S. homes may be assessed too high, according to the National Taxpayers Union, but most homeowners don't know how the process works or that they can appeal their tax assessment, The Boston Globe reported June 11, 2009.
Depending on your municipalities last assessment, your property's assessed value may be out of date. You are likely to have more success now appealing your tax assessment, because in most areas there is a large disparity between assessed values from the real estate boom years and the current depressed market values.
In Massachusetts, the appeal is called an abatement of real estate taxes. Abatement applications are available at all city and town assessors office, or online.
The Massachusetts state Web site has a Web page with tax abatement tips.