How to Reduce Your Property Tax

Homeowners cannot avoid property taxes, but there are strategies to potentially decrease your bill.

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Property tax rates have risen nationwide, creating challenges for many homeowners, including retirees. Data show that last year’s property tax bills increased by as much as 30% in some places. 

Unfortunately, if you own a home, you cannot avoid property taxes altogether without risking penalties. However, some strategies and programs, like the ones described below, can lower your property tax bills and ease your financial burden.

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor,

As the senior tax editor at, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.