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Abatements are refunds given to taxpayers when taxes have been paid due to “erroneous valuation for assessment, irregularity in levying, clerical error, or overvaluation” (Colorado Revised Statutes). A taxpayer may request an abatement if the taxpayer believes that the value or tax is incorrect. Approval is not automatic and the taxpayer will need to present evidence that the value or tax is incorrect.
Abatement petitions must be filed within two years after January 1 of the year following the year in which the taxes were levied. For example: you have until January 1, 2021 to file a petition for assessment year 2018. The petition must be acted upon within six months of the date that it was filed with the county.
If the Assessor denies your petition for abatement, you may appeal the Assessor’s decision to the Teller County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The hearing will be conducted by the BOCC within six months of the petition.
If the BOCC denies the abatement, you may appeal the BOCC’s decision to the Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA). If the BAA denies the abatement, you may appeal the BAA’s decision to the Court of Appeals.
If the Court of Appeals denies the abatement, you may appeal the Court’s decision to the Colorado Supreme Court.
If you have filed a protest and the Assessor issued a Notice of Determination, a request for abatement will not be considered.
To start the Abatement process, please contact the Assessor’s office for the proper forms or you may download the forms below:
Petition to file for one year
Petition to file for two years
Please complete the form, sign it, and send it to the Assessor’s office with any supporting documentation. This may include appraisals or other information. Please be sure to include the complete appraisal. Partial copies cannot be considered. If you have any questions regarding the Petition or the process, please do not hesitate to call us at 719.689.2941.
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