Property Tax Estimate Worksheet

Disclaimer – This website and the figures thereon DO NOT represent actual tax liability or formal tax bills for Allegheny County taxes, public schools taxes, municipal taxes, or other taxes. The purpose of this website is to generate a rough estimate of potential tax liability based on proposed values, millage rates, and exemptions that are all subject to change. This website should only be used as a resource and no user shall rely on the data generated, given, or extrapolated from this page for tax liability or any other purpose and any user who does so, does it at their own risk. Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Controller’s Office assumes no liability for the data on or generated by this page and assumes no liability for any user’s usage of, or reliance on it. Use of this worksheet constitutes acceptance of this disclaimer.

 



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How this worksheet estimates your taxes:

  • Current estimated taxes: To calculate your current estimated taxes, your current base year market value is multiplied by your County, local, and school district tax rates. If you indicate that you are eligible for Allegheny County’s homestead exemption, it subtracts $18,000 from the base year market value before calculating your County taxes. However, the calculator does not adjust for homestead exemptions that municipalities/school districts might offer, nor does it adjust for other County abatements like Senior Citizen Tax Relief; if you qualify for those programs, the tax estimates shown here may be higher than what you actually owe.
  • Estimated taxes AFTER appeal: To get your post-appeal assessment estimate, the sale value of your property is multiplied by the Common Level Ratio, which is currently set at 63.6% for 2023. That post-appeal assessment is then multiplied by your County, state and local tax rates to get your new estimated taxes. If you indicate that you qualify for the County’s homestead exemption, the estimate of your new County taxes (and only your County taxes) is adjusted to reflect that.
  • Estimated increase or decrease: Your post-appeal assessment and tax estimates are subtracted from your current assessment and tax estimates.

 

FORMS OF ACCEPTABLE EVIDENCE TO PRESENT AT YOUR ASSESSMENT HEARING:

This is a non-exhaustive list, since the circumstances and characteristics of every property are different. Please note that this list is only an example of evidence to submit. Each property should submit evidence that they feel would help the hearing officer in deciding on the property. The Controller’s Office assumes no liability for these examples.

  • A recent appraisal
  • Comparable sales. These sales should be recently sold, close to the subject property and have the same general characteristics (bed, bath, type of property, living area square footage)
  • Any closing documents from the sale of the property. Ex: settlement sheet, buyer’s inspection report
  • Pictures, with the date noted, showing damage or issues with the property. A helpful rule would be: “The best pictures, showing the worst of the issues”.
  • Other documents including, but not limited to, estimates of work to be done, documents from governmental agencies, zoning and right-of-way documents, and any evidence of significant loss or damage.

 

If your property is subject to an appeal brought by a municipality or school district, you may present the same evidence listed above. They also have the right to attend and participate in appeals that you have filed. Keep in mind that they will also be preparing the same type of evidence, as well as any building permits or other evidence of property improvements made that would significantly raise the property’s value.

The Hearing Officers that you will appear before, as well as the Board of Property Assessment Appeals & Review (BPAAR) members that oversee the personnel and procedures, are NOT County employees. They are independent contractors who have agreed to apply their fields of experience and expertise (Real Estate Agents and Brokers, Attorneys, Appraisers, Architects and other RE related professions) and provide independent, impartial valuations for the appeals submitted to the county. They are NOT hired or programmed to raise your property’s assessed value but are to make a fair and unbiased determination of value based on the evidence provided. Please be courteous and to the point in your hearing so as not to distract the Hearing Officer from providing you with their best efforts to determine an accurate market value for your property.

 

Additional notes and resources:

If you qualify for the Homestead exemption and/or the Senior Citizen Tax Relief you may qualify for similar exemptions on your local taxes. Check your local municipal tax website for more information.

 

Disclaimer – This website and the figures thereon DO NOT represent actual tax liability or formal tax bills for Allegheny County taxes, public schools taxes, municipal taxes, or other taxes. The purpose of this website is to generate a rough estimate of potential tax liability based on proposed values, millage rates, and exemptions that are all subject to change. This website should only be used as a resource and no user shall rely on the data generated, given, or extrapolated from this page for tax liability or any other purpose and any user who does so, does it at their own risk. Allegheny County and the Allegheny County Controller’s Office assumes no liability for the data on or generated by this page and assumes no liability for any user’s usage of, or reliance on it. Use of this worksheet constitutes acceptance of this disclaimer.