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An article recently came my way which contained some interesting views which I thought might be worth sharing. It was written by a lawyer who is a member of the American Property Tax Counsel which is the national affiliation of property tax attorneys in the USA.
It had a title of “Why Assessor Estimates Create Ambiguity” and stated that a fundamental problem, according to the author, plaguing the property tax system is its reliance on the government’s opinion of a property’s taxable value. Taxes on income or retail sales reflect hard numbers; real estate assessment produces the only tax in which the government guesses at a fair amount for the taxpayer to pay.