Property Owners Can Get Tax Refund Help
Assessor Lara Offers Help with Court Filings
Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County Assessor Damian Lara partners with the Second Judicial District Court to help property owners file a claim for a property tax refund if they’re over-assessed and a refund is due.
If a property owner missed the protest deadline, the property owner has until Jan. 10, 2024 to file a claim for refund with District Court.
“A property owner should only pay their fair share of property taxes,” says Bernalillo County Assessor Damian Lara. “Each property owner has every right to protest their assessment or to file for a refund. We want all assessments to be fair and equitable and property owners should know we’re working with you, not against you.”
Before filing a claim for refund, property owners should make sure they have paid the first half of their tax bill. Once payment is complete, the refund claim must be filed in District Court as follows:
If the property was locally valued (in Bernalillo County, by the Bernalillo County Assessor), the claim is to be filed as a civil action in the Second Judicial District Court. For Bernalillo County, the claim is filed in the Civil Division, 1st floor, Room 119 of the Second Judicial District Court, 400 Lomas Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The filing fee of $132.00 is required at the time of filing. Only cash, credit/debit card (not American Express), money order, or Cashier’s Check made payable to the Clerk of the District Court will be accepted.
If the property was valued by the New Mexico Tax and Revenue Department, the claim is to be filed in the District Court for Santa Fe County (the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe).
“While many people handle this type of case themselves in civil court, we always encourage property owners to consult with an attorney before filing, because the filing fee is non-refundable,” adds Assessor Lara.
Property tax refund filing instructions and forms can be found on the Second Judicial District website at: https://seconddistrictcourt.nmcourts.gov/home/civil-forms/. Property owners may also contact the District Court Self-Help center by phone at 505-841-6702 or by email at: email@example.com.
Property owners may also contact the Assessor’s Office at:
415 Silver Ave, SW – Alvarado Square