Oahu Property Tax Assessments 2011


The City and County of Honolulu has been sending out the new tax assessments for about a week now.  Oahu property owners, did you get your assessment yet?


If you haven't, a quick way to check is to visit the Honolulu Property Tax site here. Next, click the "Property Search" tab and then input your street address and street name.  A list will appear - if you own a single family detached home, your property may be the only one that appears on the list.  If you own an attached home, townhome or condo there might be several or more properties on the list.  Navigate through the list and when you find your property, click on the link.

That will bring up the information page for your property.  With the navigation bar on the left, click "assessed values" and then your 2011 assessment should appear.  

Now, do you have a copy of  your 2010 assessment?  It helps to compare 2011 with 2010 to see if your assessed value went up or down.

In my case, my property's assessed value went up quite a bit - 12%!  That's far above the average, I won't appeal though because the current assessed value is pretty close to the home's market value.  And with Oahu's low property tax rates (about 1/3 of 1% for owner occupants) if I were to appeal, we'd only be talking about perhaps $100 in tax savings per year.  I'm better off working a few hours instead of spending a few hours trying to appeal the tax assessment.  This might not be true for every homeowner though, especially, for example people who bought their homes via short sale and see the tax assessment way higher than their purchase price.

Real Property Tax Assessment Appeals

Here's some info from the City and County's website regarding filing an appeal.

Neither the amount of your property tax bill nor the increase in your property tax bill is a valid basis for an appeal. If you have questions concerning the amount of your tax bill, late payments, your billing address, or tax credits, contact the Treasury Division at bfstreasmailbox@honolulu.gov or at: Real Property Tax Collection Treasury Division P.O. Box 4200 Honolulu, HI 96812-4200

Grounds for Appeal

When you file an appeal, you must state the basis for your appeal. For real property tax cases, the ROH Section 8-12.3 specifies four grounds for appeal. 1. Assessment of the property exceeds by more than 10 percent of the market value of the property, or 2. Lack of uniformity or inequality, brought about by illegality of the methods used or error in the application of the methods to the property involved, or 3. Denial of an exemption to which the taxpayer is entitled and for which such person has qualified, or 4. Illegality, on any ground arising under the Constitution or laws of the United States or the laws of the state or the ordinances of the city in addition to the ground of illegality of the methods used mentioned in clause 2.

Costs of Appeal

Board of Review - $25 Small Claims section of the State Tax Appeal Court - $25 non-refundable deposit Tax Appeal Court - $100 non-refundable deposit

To download the Oahu Real Property Tax Appeal form in PDF - click here

The deadline for filing your real property tax appeal is January 18, 2011.  That's about three weeks from now, if you intend to appeal don't delay!

Michael Bates (RA)

Shirokiya Residential Estates

Hawaii Realtor


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If your trying to appeal your property tax assessment and are looking for an easy step by step direction on how to do it, check out the book, "Are you getting screwwed on your property taxes?" by Patricia Quintilian. This book will lay out in very simple steps exactly what you need to do to appeal your assessment. This book really helped me when I needed to appeal my assessment and in fact ended up helping me save hundreds!

Real Estate Tax Deduction

If you are a property owner, you are required to pay property taxes every year. You have to pay taxes on your home and your vehicles. In order to determine how much money you pay in taxes, the county in which you live employs a tax assessor. The assessor's job is to determine the value of the property that is going to be taxed. They multiply that value by a certain percentage in order to come up with how much money you pay in taxes.

If the assessor does not calculate the proper value for your property, you will pay more money than what you rightfully should have to pay. Whenever property values increase, your taxes are going to increase as well. On the other hand, when property values decrease, your assessment should go down. In many cases, assessors fail to lower your taxes whenever property values decline.

How to Appeal Tax Assessment

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