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Property Tax Law

Property Tax and Homestead Exemption Disputes 

Johnson Legal of Florida, P.L. is an AV-rated law firm that focuses its practice primarily on property tax law, representing taxpayers in actions before the Value Adjustment Boards and circuit courts of most counties throughout Florida. Prior to opening Johnson Legal, Florida property tax attorney Sherri Johnson spent 12 years representing county Property Appraisers in various counties throughout Florida. Ms. Johnson has also served as a Special Magistrate in Hillsborough, Osceola and Martin Counties, and has written articles and given numerous presentations on property tax and exemption law.

In addition to representing taxpayers in challenges to the assessed value of their property, Johnson Legal also handles disputes over the denial of homestead exemptions, agricultural classifications, and governmental, charitable and religious exemptions, as well as portability disputes, disputes over whether improvements are substantially complete, and actions to challenge back assessments and property tax liens.

Fees for Value Adjustment Board Petitions*

Exemption and Classification Disputes : $500-$1,500

Value Disputes (properties assessed at less than $500,000): $250 + 25-45% of tax savings

Value Disputes (properties assessed from $501,000 to $1 million): $450 + 20-40% of tax savings

Value Disputes (properties assessed at more than $1 million): $750 + 15-35% of tax savings

*Fees for VAB petitions include up to 2 hours of travel time and up to 3 hours of hearing time (including time waiting for hearings to begin). Additional travel and hearing time is generally billed at a discounted rate of $100 per hour.

Fees for Circuit Court Property Tax Appeals

Fees for circuit court cases can vary dramatically, depending on the property and issues involved. However, fees for property tax cases filed in circuit court are generally billed at a rate of $250 per hour and up, with an initial fee deposit of $750 to $1,500.

Rates are for attorney’s fees only and do not include filing fees and out-of-pocket expenses, where applicable. Rates are subject to change without notice and are subject to the terms of each client’s written engagement letter.

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