Missouri Tax Appeals Attorney
At The Law Office of Cathy Steele, we have successfully appealed both the assessed value and the classification of agricultural property to help land owners reduce their property tax burdens. We have frequently prevailed in Board of Equalization tax assessment hearings, and have won cases before the Missouri State Tax Commission.
Located in Clayton, Missouri, we represent owners of working farms, hobby farms, ranches and other agricultural property in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County and surrounding jurisdictions. Arrange a consultation with our experienced tax appeals lawyer.
Agricultural Real Estate Tax Appeals
Agricultural property is taxed at a lower rate than is commercial or residential property (12 percent of fair market value). Even so, an unjust increase in the assessed value can result in thousands of dollars of additional property taxes.
Attorney Cathy Steele has practiced in this area of the law for over 25 years. She has a sophisticated understanding of the methods county assessors use to grade and value agricultural land, and thus how to challenge a fair market value that her client believes is too high. Property values for agricultural land are reassessed by the county in odd years, using a market sales approach. Did the assessor compare similar properties or extrapolate from sales of bigger or smaller farmsteads? Were those sales recent or two years ago when market conditions were different? Would another method, such as the cost approach, be more precise?
We, at the Law Office of Cathy Steele, have also appealed the classification of agricultural property:
- If property zoned commercial is farmable, it may be possible to appeal the classification, plant it and reap the tax benefits of agricultural status (12 percent versus 32 percent of fair market value).
- If property zoned residential has an operating farm, it may also qualify for conversion and an agricultural assessment rate (12 percent versus 19 percent).
The Board of Equalization will see through a transparent scheme to avoid taxes. We are adept at proving that the land should legitimately be zoned agricultural.
To discuss your agricultural property tax appeal, call our Clayton office at 314-732-4238 or toll free at 888-541-5889 for a free phone consultation, or contact us online.