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Jeffrey Burgher

Jeffrey Burgher

Property Tax Advocates is led by the firm’s founder Jeffrey R. Burgher – himself a CPA and registered Senior Property Tax Consultant. A veteran of property tax consulting and appeal with twenty-five years of experience, he has become an authority and speaker on innovative property tax valuation methods.  Prior to founding Property Tax Advocates, he was co-owner and co-founder of First American Tax Valuation, Inc., Vice-President of Southland Financial Corporation, a Tax Manager with the predecessor of KPMG Peat Marwick and graduated with honors with a Master's Degree in Tax Accounting from the University of Texas. Mr. Burgher is a member of the Institute For Professionals in Taxation, the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals, and the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas.

In Texas, property tax reductions can be negotiated in one of two ways: by demonstrating that the market value of a property is less than the appraisal district's proposed value or by demonstrating that the property is overvalued when compared to "a reasonable number of comparable properties appropriately adjusted".  This latter method of appraisal, commonly referred to as the Equity Method of Appraisal, takes precedence over the market value appraisal. 

Its intent is to ensure that properties are being valued in a fair and equitable manner with competing properties after adjusting for differences in the properties.  Consequently, newly purchased properties may receive property tax reductions below their purchase prices if they are being appraised inordinately high when compared to other properties.