GARFIELD & HECHT, P.C. ATTORNEY ACHIEVES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REAL PROPERTY TAX VALUE REDUCTIONS
After a successful 2013 tax appeal season, Garfield & Hecht, P.C. has since 2009 obtained in excess of One Hundred Million Dollars ($100,000,000.00) in real property tax valuation reductions saving Garfield & Hecht, P.C.’s clients substantial amounts of taxes. The firm has represented hundreds of clients who believed their properties were being unfairly valued, or improperly classified, by the tax assessor.
In 2011, the firm successfully challenged Pitkin County’s refusal to classify properties in a Snowmass area subdivision whose HOA annually hayed their land as agricultural. The reclassification saved property owners in excess of $100K in taxes 2011 alone. Many of the subdivision owners then hired Garfield & Hecht, P.C. to seek abatement for prior year taxes, resulting in more refunds.
In November of 2012, in a case the firm handled, Chief Judge Davidson of the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Garfield & Hecht, P.C.’s clients in a published opinion that substantially changed how certain types of subdivided property are classified for property tax purposes. (click here to read the decision) That ruling resulted in a substantial refund to our clients, and a reduction in their property taxes each year moving forward of tens of thousands of dollars.
Many property owners are not aware that in most instances a tax challenge can be lodged at anytime within a two-year period following the tax-year in question; not just during the assessor’s designated “appeal period”.
EVERY LEGAL MATTER IS UNIQUE AND PAST RESULTS ARE NOT A GUARANTY OF FUTURE SUCCESS IN ANY PARTICULAR MATTER.
If you are interested in discussing whether a challenge of either your real or personal property taxes may be warranted, please contact one of the attorneys listed here:
In Aspen/Pitkin County:
Avery S. Nelson, phone (970) 925-1936, e-mail:
In Glenwood/Garfield County:
David H. McConaughy, phone (970) 947-1936, e-mail:
In Vail/Eagle County:
Kursten L. Canada, phone (970) 949-0707, e-mail: