Filing an Appeal

Important Information
  • Appeal filing periods vary by jurisdiction and it is your responsibility to ensure your appeal is filed timely.
  • To file an appeal, you must have registered for an account in PAAB's e-Filing system.  To create an account, follow the instructions located here
  • Follow the instructions below. If you do not receive an email confirmation after completing all of the steps, your appeal has not been submitted.
  • If you have any questions or problems with the instructions, call PAAB at (515) 725-0338 during our business hours - Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CT. 
Instructions for Filing an Appeal Electronically
  1. If you haven't already, you must create an account by following the instructions located here.  
  2. Log into PAAB’s e-Filing system.
  3. Click New Appeal or eFile>New Appeal from menu bar.
  4. Complete the information on the Case Initiation page.
    • ​Parcel Number
      • If you are appealing multiple parcels, you may combine the appeals and submit only one appeal if the parcels are contiguous and under the same ownership. If necessary, attach a list of the parcels being appealed. 
    • Board of Review
      • Select the Board of Review from which you are appealing.
      • When the Board of Review is selected, the selected Board of Review will automatically be added as a party to the appeal.
    • Property Address
      • Enter the street address, city, and zip code of the property being appealed.
    • Classification
      • Select the classification assigned to the property by the Board of Review or Assessor.
    • Grounds on Appeal
      • Select the grounds you are appealing to PAAB. You may make the same claim(s) you made to the Board of Review and/or add new claims to PAAB. You may amend the appeal once as a matter of course within 20 days after it is filed, by adding or modifying the grounds on appeal. You may submit new evidence to support your claim(s) at a later date. 
    • Short and Plain Statement
      • Enter a short and plain statement explaining your claims on appeal. 
      • NOTE:  Depending on your browser settings, this page may eventually time-out.  When drafting your "short and plain statement", please keep this in mind.  We suggest you either: 1) periodically click Save to Draft at the bottom of the page, 2) pre-type your statement in a Word document and paste it into the statement box, or 3) make sure your "short and plain statement" is just that, short and plain.  
    • Value you contend is correct
      • Enter the value you believe is the correct assessed value for the property
    • Hearing
      • Indicate how you would like PAAB to consider your appeal. In-person hearings are currently held in Des Moines. Telephone hearings are conducted by toll-free conference call. 
  5. Click Add Appellant to add the name of the filing party.
    • If you have a “Self-Represented” account, the Appeal will be automatically filed under your name, listing you as the Appellant.  If you have an “Attorney” or “Representative” account, you will need to indicate the name of the Appellant on whose behalf you are filing the appeal. 
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click View Generated Document  next to "Appeal from Board of Review Action" to review the appeal form generated based on the information you entered on the Case Initiation page. 
    • If you need to make changes, click Back
    • You may also Move to Draft and return to the filing later.  
  8. Optional - Add documents for filing with your Appeal. 
    • ​Go to Document Type and select the type of document you wish to file from the list. 
    • Click Browse (or Choose File) to find the document on your computer.  NOTE: Document must be a PDF.
    • Click Add.  You can view the document by clicking on the document name in the “View Document” column.  If you added the wrong document, click on the document icon in the “Remove” column.
  9. After reviewing the Generated Document and adding any documents, click Next
  10. If you wish, you may enter any Special Filing Instructions for PAAB. 
  11. Review the Important Information About Your Appeal. 
  12. Click Submit the Filing.
    • You can also Cancel (Delete), go Back, or Move to Draft.
  13. A pop-up email message from PAAB will appear which reads: “Your submission is complete.  Click OK to file to PAAB."
    • Or you can click Cancel and you will be returned to the review and approve filings page where your choices are Cancel (Delete), go Back, or Move to Draft.
  14. If you clicked OK, your filing will be submitted to PAAB and a message “Your Filing has been submitted” will appear.
  15. Click on Filing Status or go to the home page and click on My Filings to review the status of your submission.  Status may be viewed for 60 days, and can be downloaded so it can be printed or saved on your computer.
    • Once PAAB has approved your document(s), the My Filings page will show the assigned case number and that document(s) are Filed.
  16. You and the Board of Review will receive an email notification confirming the filing. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your appeal has not been submitted. If you have questions about the status of your filing, call PAAB at (515) 725-0338. 

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