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Milwaukee, WI property tax appeal lawyerBy Attorney Christopher L. Strohbehn

Owners of hotels and others in the hospitality industry have been some of the hardest hit by COVID-19. Relief has been few and far between for many.  On the one hand, they might be fighting business interruption claims because of the downturn in their business, and on the other hand, they are paying the same, if not more in property taxes at a time when their occupancy and customer traffic are at an all-time low.   

The business climate makes it imperative for hotel owners and commercial property owners to consider a property tax appeal recognizing that the market under COVID-19 has and will continue to be different this coming year.

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Milwaukee property tax assessment claim attorneyBy Attorney Christopher L. Strohbehn

Are you are a Wisconsin taxpayer who has objected to the payment of property taxes at the local Board of Review this year? If so, and you received a full hearing deciding the merits of your objection, then it is time to consider filing an excessive assessment claim if you have not already done so.

If you find yourself in this position, this is yet another procedural step you must take if you wish to further contest your claim in Wisconsin Circuit Court.

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Milwaukee property tax assessment attorneyBy Russell J. Karnes

Residents and commercial property owners across Milwaukee and Wisconsin are in sticker shock after receiving notices of huge increases in real estate property tax assessments in the mail. Property owners must be left to wonder: what in the world is the assessor thinking? Milwaukee’s assessors, in particular, could not have sent their revaluation notices at a worse time. While the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has shuttered many businesses and put people out of work, property owners are looking for ways to cut expenses to keep their homes and maintain tenants. Property owners are now left to worry about the potential for big increases in next year’s property tax bills because of higher assessments.

While Wisconsin property owners have little or no control over tax rates, the time to object to property tax assessments and challenge assessed values is now.

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Milwaukee property tax assessment attorney

By Attorney Chris Strohbehn

I represent retailers and other taxpayers across the state challenging their property taxes. The municipalities hire lawyers to defend them in court, and political figures speak out in the court of public opinion against them. They are often chastised for exercising their constitutional and statutory rights to challenge their taxes. Every taxpayer has these same fundamental rights. When those taxpayer challenges upset the status quo, you see “dark store” referendums across the state and proposed legislation designed to make their taxpayer challenges procedurally and substantively more difficult. The common refrain along the way is that these taxpayers are “not paying their fair share” and are “causing other taxpayers to have to pay more.” But who is really to blame?

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Wisconsin property tax assessment lawyers, property tax assessment, appeals process, property tax assessment, Wisconsin  tax liabilities, property tax appealOwnership of residential or commercial real estate provides many benefits, but it also brings tax liabilities. Wisconsin property owners must pay property taxes every year, and these taxes are based on the assessed value of the property. However, errors are sometimes made during property tax assessment, and property owners may appeal the assessment of their property in order to reduce their tax burden.

The Assessment Appeal Process

Municipal assessors conduct assessments of properties on an annual basis, and property owners are notified if the assessment of their property changed from the previous year. If a property owner believes the assessment of his or her property’s value is not correct, he or she should first contact the assessor to review records and determine the factors that influenced the assessment.

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