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4 Pitfalls to Avoid When Protesting Your Commercial Property Taxes

This is the time of year that commercial property owners tend to dread—the deadline for filing property tax protests. May 15 (the protest deadline) is right around the corner, and however inconvenient it may seem to deal with the hassle of protesting, it is worth the cost savings—if you engage an experienced, knowledgeable property tax consultant. The fact is, according to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, about 30-60% of taxable properties in the U.S. are over-assessed, so there is a good chance your commercial property(ies) are, too. If you decide to be one of the 5% of taxpayers that actually challenge their tax assessment with your local appraiser, here are a few pitfalls to avoid when protesting your commercial property taxes:

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6 Deductions to Lower Your Tax Bill

We are in the thick of tax season and while many Americans and CPAs are losing sleep over the heaps of paperwork and documentation they will prepare for the IRS, small businesses with potential skeleton accounting departments may be relying solely on out-of-the-box software programs to help them generate the most tax deductions and savings. While these programs help millions of businesses manage their business' day-to-day accounting operations, it's important that business owners are aware of all of the different deductions that may be available to them--after all, any savings earned are opportunities to invest right back into your business or your employees. Whether you plan to file your taxes yourself this year or work with a CPA or tax advisor, here are 6 tax deductions you can leverage to lower your tax bill.

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6 Signs You're Overpaying for Property Taxes

It's the time of year when consumers and business owners alike are turning a blind eye to the pending date on the calendar: April 15. In the case of business owners with commercial property tax bills due, that date you may be shielding your eyes from is May 15—the deadline for filing property tax protests. If you own commercial property, your annual tax bill is likely a substantial expense. Unfortunately, according to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, around 30-60% of taxable properties in the United States are over-assessed, which—you guessed it—equals higher tax bills. Sadly, even though most consumers and businesses are overpaying due to inaccurately calculated properties, it’s predicted that less than 5% of taxpayers are challenging the assessment. Are you curious if your business is overpaying? Check out the list below that features 6 sure fire ways to help you determine whether our not you're overpaying on your commercial property taxes.

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