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Homeowners Warned of Property Tax Scam


Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection is warning property owners not to be fooled by a deceptive letter which encourages consumers to pay $99 to petition to have their property tax assessment reviewed.

The deceptive letter, a copy of which can be seen here, indicates that a homeowner can mail them a $99 fee “by submitting a request to file a Petition for Review of Real Property prior to July 15, 2015.” In reality there is no cost for property owners in Montgomery County to personally petition for a tax assessment review.

This direct mail solicitation gives the false appearance that it is from a state or local government agency, provides a return address that is, in reality, a mail-drop location, and fails to disclose that there is actually no cost for property owners

The Maryland State Department of Assessment and Taxation provides information on its website regarding how to file a petition to have a property tax assessment reviewed.

Office of Consumer Protection, the County’s consumer protection agency, investigates thousands of complaints each year involving automotive sales and repairs, new home purchases, home improvements, credit issues, retail sales, internet services and most other consumer transactions. OCP provides pre-purchase information to consumers, as well as speakers to the community on consumer issues.

For more information, call 240-777-3636 or visit OCP’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer.