Property Tax Time

It’s that time of year again…Property Tax Season. The property tax year runs from July 1st to June 30th. Tax statements are then mailed to residents in October. Your first tax payment is due by November 16th; if you pay in full you will receive a discount. All taxes are due in full by May 15th, 2021.

If you want to appeal your property tax bill you must do so by December 31, 2020 regardless of where your home is located. To find out more about your county’s procedures and rules, see the links below.

Multnomah County:

Clackamas County:

Washington County:

All Other Counties:

Did Your Property Sustain Damage in a Wildfire?

In most jurisdictions, a wildfire is considered “an act of God,” so any damage incurred from a wildfire during the tax year may be eligible for reduction. The reduction is referred to as a “proration of tax.” To find out more visit the Clackamas County Assessment & Taxation website and click “Fire or Act of God — Tax Proration information circular”

I Live in Multnomah County; How Do I Find Out How Much I Owe?

You should have already received your Property Tax Statement in the mail. All counties in Oregon must mail Property Tax Statements by October 25th, so if you haven’t yet received yours, you can find your bill online or email the tax office at dartcs@multco.us.

Look Up Your Statement Online

Go to www.multcoproptax.org to find your tax bill online. Scroll down and click “I’m not a robot” then click the green “CONTINUE AS A GUEST” button.

Enter your address in the box but DO NOT include your street type (Ave, St., Blvd., etc.). For example: “2601 NE Glisan” NOT “2601 NE Glisan St.”

Click on your property. Then click on the “Bills” tab. From here you can download your tax bills from 201-2020. Click on the year to download the PDF.

 

CAN I APPEAL MY TAX BILL?

Yes! You can appeal this year’s tax bill as long as you submit your appeal BEFORE December 31st, 2020. The county has very specific rules for why and how you appeal your Property Taxes.

You may file an appeal for the following reasons only:

  1. Value: You can appeal the current year’s Real Market Value, Specially Assessed Value, or Assessed Value.
  2. Exception event: If you have made improvements to your property (for example an addition or remodel), it is considered an “exception event.” If you believe that the amount by which the Assessor has increased the value of your property is too high, you can appeal the amount of the increase associated with the improvement.
  3. Penalty: If you disagree with a penalty assessed to you for filing your property taxes late, you may petition the Board of Property Tax Appeals to waive the penalty.
The Board of Property Tax Appeals cannot:
  • Consider hardship as a factor in establishing value
  • Set the amount of tax you owe
  • Consider a sharp increase in value in a single year to be a valid reason for appeal
  • Regard lack of normal property maintenance as a reason for appeal (however, severely deferred maintenance and structural problems are considered)
  • Consider testimony on tax rates or the fairness of the tax system.

Please remember: the Board of Property Tax Appeals will only hear appeals for the CURRENT tax year. So if you do not submit your appeal before December 31st you will lose your chance to appeal this year’s taxes (even if the appeal is because they made a mistake in calculating or assessing your taxes).

Visit the Multnomah County Property Tax Appeal website for detailed information and to submit your appeal petition.



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