What is an abatement?

An abatement is a reduction of property tax granted by the assessors or, on appeal, by the ATB. Generally, abatements are granted when taxpayers are able to prove that the fair market value of their property is less than its assessed value. Taxpayers may also receive abatements if their property is entitled to an exemption or is improperly classified. Taxpayers may apply for an abatement of real estate tax once the actual real estate tax bill is issued, which is generally the third quarter bill in communities that bill quarterly.

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1. How are values determined?
2. What is an abatement?
3. What are the requirements for an abatement of real property taxes?
4. What is classification?
5. What are the classes of property?
6. What are the procedures for filing an abatement?
7. How do I change my tax bill mailing address?
8. How can I change the tax bill to my name after purchasing a parcel of property?