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1. To estimate the value of a property, especially for property tax purposes. For example, a county may send an assessor to one's house to assess its value and base the property tax one owes on that assessment.

2. To decide the cost of something. For example, an insurance company may assess the damage of a house fire at $120,000 and agree to pay that much toward repairs. Alternatively, the government may assess that one owes $50,000 in income tax based upon one's income the previous year.

Tax Assessment

The determination of how much a person or company owes in taxes. One usually determines one's own tax assessment by declaring one's income and capital gains from the previous year and applying the methodology the government requires to arrive at the tax liability. The government has the right to audit any tax assessment.


(1) The official valuation of property for tax purposes. (2) A one-time charge made against property owners for each one's pro rata share of the expense of repairs or improvements to be enjoyed by all of them in common,such as a condo association assessment to replace a roof,or a local government assessment to pave a dirt road. (3) Determination of the value of property in a condemnation case.

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Dr Wasif Alam said: "The eye health and cancer needs assessment studies may help in setting the baseline targets and may be repeated in the next two-three years to assess changes or improvements in the services provided in eye health and cancer care.
Needs assessment and care planning is about improving the health of all children.
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In an effort to expand the repertoire of accountability measures, Fairchild and Seeley (1995) incorporated formal evaluation activities into their suggestions for school counseling accountability practices, specifically emphasizing needs assessments, data analysis, and student, teacher, and parent evaluations of the school counseling program.
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The first part of needs assessment and instructional goals development is to try to either learn or deduce the learners' characteristics.
Interviews, in the needs assessment phase, revealed that SAN had strong experience in disseminating information to diverse South Asian communities in Los Angeles and a long history of helping the communities in areas of critical need.
The first phase of the project, allocated Euro 400,000 will consist of a needs assessment to identify the potential sub-projects and actions required to improve air traffic management and aviation safety in the region.