If you are uncertain about the accuracy of your 2021 assessment, on the basis of value or equity with other properties, please follow these steps:
1. Contact the Real Estate Assessments Office at 703-792-6780 first to speak with the appraiser of your area to obtain more information about the valuation process and your assessment. Most questions/concerns can be resolved by discussing them with the appraiser.
2. If the appraiser is not able to satisfy your concerns, you may request an administrative appeal of your assessment. The County appraiser considers market information relative to the property and information provided by the taxpayer. If this information shows the assessed value should be changed, the appraiser will make the necessary adjustment. If the evidence does not support a change, the appraiser will explain the reasons for not changing the assessment. The deadline for filing a 2021 Administrative Appeal with the Real Estate Assessments Office was June 1, 2021.
3. If you don't agree with the result of your administrative appeal, you may appeal to the Board of Equalization (BOE). The BOE is composed of eight County taxpayers, and is established by the Board of County Supervisors to render an independent third party opinion in cases of disagreement between the taxpayer and the assessing official. Although the BOE is a quasi-judicial board, there is no application fee, and an attorney is not required. The deadline for filing an assessment appeal with the BOE was July 1, 2021.
Section 58.1-3379 of the Code of Virginia states "In all cases brought before the board, there shall be a presumption that the valuation determined by the assessor is correct. " and "The board shall hear and give consideration to such complaints and shall adjust and equalize such assessment and shall, moreover, be charged with the especial duty of increasing as well as decreasing assessments, whether specific complaint be laid or not, if in its judgment, the same be necessary to equalize and accomplish the end that the burden of taxation shall rest equally upon all citizens of such county or city."
You may appeal to the Circuit Court of Prince William County within three years of the assessment.