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WVC 11 - 3 - 23 A §11-3-23a. Informal review and resolution of classification, taxability and valuation issues.
(a) General. -- Anytime after real or tangible personal property is returned for taxation, the taxpayer may apply to the assessor of the county in which the property was situated on the assessment date for information about the classification, taxability or valuation of the property for property tax purposes for the tax year following the July 1 assessment date. A taxpayer who is not satisfied with the response of the assessor and wants to further pursue the matter must follow the procedures set forth in this section.

(b) Classification or taxability. -- A taxpayer who wants to contest the classification or taxability of property must follow the procedures set forth in section twenty-four-a of this article.

(c) Valuation issues - property appraised and assessed by county assessor. --

(1) A taxpayer who is dissatisfied with the response of the assessor on a question of valuation and who receives a notice of increase in the assessed value of real property as provided in section two-a of this article, or a notice of increase in the assessed value of business personal property as provided in section fifteen-b of this article, who disagrees with the assessed value stated in the notice, may utilize the informal review process specified in this article if the taxpayer decides to challenge the assessed value.

(2) A taxpayer may apply for relief to the county commission sitting as a board of equalization and review pursuant to section twenty-four of this article not later than February 20 of the tax year by filing a written protest with the clerk of the county commission that identifies the amount of the assessed value the taxpayer believes to be in controversy and states generally the taxpayer's reason or reasons for filing the protest. The board shall then set a date and time to hear the taxpayer's protest: Provided, That in the written protest or in a separate notice filed with the board on or before the day of the hearing, the taxpayer or taxpayer's representative may notify the board of the taxpayer's election to have the matter heard when the county commission convenes as a board of assessment appeals in the fall of the tax year as provided in section twenty-four-b of this article. A copy of this election shall be served on the assessor, and the Tax Commissioner in the case of industrial property or natural resources property, by personal service or by certified mail. The notice of election shall include an acknowledgment by the taxpayer that the taxpayer will timely pay first and second half installment payments of taxes levied for the current tax year on or before they become due and that any reduction in assessed value that is administratively or judicially determined in a decision that becomes final will result in a credit being established against taxes that become due for a tax year subsequent to the tax year in which the decision becomes final, except as otherwise stated in the decision or as otherwise provided in this article. In the event the board adjourns sine die before February 20 of the tax year, a taxpayer may still file its written protest and the acknowledgment described in this subdivision with the county clerk on or before February 20 of the tax year, and the petition shall be heard when the county commission meets as a board of assessment appeals, as provided in section twenty-four-b of this article. If a taxpayer fails to provide its written protest on or before February 20, and the board unilaterally increases the assessed value subsequent to that date, the taxpayer may still file a written protest and the acknowledgment described in this subdivision with the county clerk, and the petition shall be heard when the county commission meets as a board of assessment appeals as provided in section twenty-four-b of this article.

(d) Valuation issues - property appraised by Tax Commissioner and assessed by county assessor. --

(1) A taxpayer who receives a notice of tentative appraised value of natural resource property or industrial property from the Tax Commissioner pursuant to article six-k of this chapter, who disagrees with the value stated in the notice may utilize the informal review process specified in this article and article six-k of this chapter.

(2) A taxpayer may apply for relief to the county commission sitting as a board of equalization and review pursuant to section twenty-four of this article no later than February 20 of the tax year by filing a written protest with the clerk of the county commission that identifies the amount of the assessed value the taxpayer believes to be in controversy and states generally the taxpayer's reason or reasons for filing the protest. The board shall then set a date and time to hear the taxpayer's protest: Provided, That in the written protest or in a separate notice filed with the board on or before the day of the hearing, the taxpayer or taxpayer's representative may notify the board of the taxpayer's election to have the matter heard when the county commission convenes as a board of assessment appeals in the fall of the tax year as provided in section twenty-four-b of this article. A copy of this election shall be served on the assessor, and the Tax Commissioner in the case of industrial property or natural resources property, by personal service or by certified mail. The notice of election shall include an acknowledgment by the taxpayer that taxpayer will timely pay first and second half installment payments of taxes levied for the current tax year on or before they become due and that any reduction in assessed value that is administratively or judicially determined in a decision that becomes final will result in a credit being established against taxes that become due for a tax year subsequent to the tax year in which the decision becomes final, except as otherwise stated in the decision or as otherwise provided in this article. In the event the board adjourns sine die before February 20 of the tax year, a taxpayer may still file its written protest and the acknowledgment described in this subdivision with the county clerk on or before February 20 of the tax year, and the petition shall be heard when county commission meets as a board of assessment appeals, as provided in section twenty-four-b of this article. If a taxpayer fails to provide its written protest on or before February 20, and the board unilaterally increases the assessed value subsequent to that date, the taxpayer may still file a written protest and the acknowledgment described in this subdivision with the county clerk, and the petition shall be heard when the county commission meets as a board of assessment appeals as provided in section twenty-four-b of this article.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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