Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection warns 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.
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 in Montgomery County to personally petition for a tax assessment review.
Information regarding this matter has been reported to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Consumers who have provided credit card information or sent checks to this merchant may file a complaint with Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection.
The Maryland State Department of Assessment and Taxation provides information at www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/appeal.html regarding how to file a petition to have a property tax assessment reviewed.
For more information, call 240-777-3636 or visit the Office of Consumer Protection’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer.