Dan Schulder

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Tax Sale Decisions Continue

The substantial volume of tax sale decisions from appellate courts continues. A tax sale was voided where the tax claim bureau failed to take reasonable steps to notify the owner when service was unsuccessful. 777 L.L.P. v....more

4/17/2015 - Property Owners Tax Sale Voidable

Tax Assessment Appeal Preserved

The Commonwealth Court en banc held that a tax appeal from an interim assessment dated September 27, 2012 was properly preserved, notwithstanding that the taxpayer did not appeal a subsequent assessment that reflected a tax...more

4/15/2015 - En Banc Review Neighborhood Revitalization Property Owners Property Tax Tax Abatement Tax Assessment

Philadelphia Reduces Requirements for Certifications for Continued Real Estate Tax Exemptions

The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) recently mailed notices to each owner of property listed as tax exempt on the OPA’s records indicating that the owner must file a form to certify that the property...more

3/25/2015 - Personal Property Property Tax Recertification Tax Exempt

Philadelphia Tax Exempt Property Owners Must Reapply for Exemption by March 31, 2015

The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) has begun mailing notices to each owner of property listed as tax exempt on the OPA’s records indicating that the owner must file a form to certify that the property...more

2/24/2015 - Property Tax Tax Exemptions

Tax Sale Set Aside

Continuing a line of recent appellate decisions, a panel of the Commonwealth Court set aside a tax sale because the tax claim bureau failed to note in the file additional efforts that it had made to notify the owner. In re:...more

2/20/2015 - State Taxes Tax Sale

Tax Sale Voided

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that a tax sale of owner-occupied property was void because of the failure of the sheriff to include a copy of the notice of the tax sale with affidavits filed in the proceeding....more

2/11/2015 - Notice Requirements Tax Sale

Nonresidency Denied

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that a taxpayer failed to prove that he was a nonresident of Pennsylvania in 2005. Lust v. Commonwealth, No. 645 F.R. 2011 (Pa Commw. Jan. 9, 2015) (unreported). The taxpayer filed...more

1/27/2015 - Income Taxes Residency Status State Taxes

No Tax on Subdivision

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that taxpayers could not be reassessed when they subdivided a parcel into two parcels but retained title. Raup v. Dauphin County Board of Assessment Appeals, No. 237 C.D. 2014 (Pa....more

1/26/2015 - Property Owners Subdivision Tax Assessment

Mixed-Use Housing Is Exempt

A panel of a Commonwealth Court concluded that a mixed-use housing project owned by municipality was exempt from real estate tax. Reading Housing Authority v. Board of Assessment Appeals of Berks County, No. 1937 C.D. 2013...more

12/16/2014 - Affordable Housing Mixed-Use Zoning Municipalities Tax Exempt

BPT Not Prohibited on Freight Brokerage Services

A divided panel of the Commonwealth Court held that a city was not prohibited from imposing its Business Privilege Tax on the gross receipts of a freight broker. S & H Transport, Inc. v. City of York, No. 165 C. D. 2014 (Pa....more

11/5/2014 - Common Carriers Gross Receipts Tax Trucking Industry Utilities Sector

Portions of Property Exempt for Religious Use

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that portions of a 45-acre tract were entitled to exemption as places of regularly stated religious worship. Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary of Earth Religion v. Medford County Board...more

9/29/2014 - Property Tax Religion Religious Institutions Tax Exemptions

Tax Sale Invalidated Due to Inadequate Notice

A panel of the Commonwealth Court invalidated a tax sale because the required statutory notice was not given to all owners of a property. In re Consolidated Return of Luzerne County Tax Claim Bureau, Appeal of Jack P....more

9/3/2014 - Notice Requirements Tax Sale

Mortgage Holder’s Petition to Set Aside Judicial Tax Sale Rejected

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that the trial court properly denied a mortgage holder’s petition to set aside the judicial tax sale of a property in Lackawanna County due to alleged improper service of notice and...more

9/3/2014 - Foreclosure HSBC Mortgages Secured Lenders Tax Sale

Mortgagee Lacks Standing to Appeal

A panel of a Commonwealth Court held that a mortgagee is not an aggrieved party for purposes of standing to take an appeal of the assessment of real property. Mountain Manor Development Company LP v. Monroe County Board of...more

6/30/2014 - Appeals Mortgagee Tax Assessment

Owner Permitted to Redeem Property from Tax Claim Bureau

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that the Westmoreland Tax Claim Bureau had the discretion under the Real Estate Tax Sale Law (RETSL) to allow an owner of a tax delinquent property (Rowe) to redeem the property through...more

6/30/2014 - Declaratory Judgments Delinquency Status Foreclosure Property Tax Writ of Mandamus

Evidentiary Hearing Required in Upset Tax Sale Challenge

A divided Commonwealth Court panel vacated an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County dismissing a property owner’s (Pascal) set aside petition to void the judicial sale of her property and remanded the case...more

6/30/2014 - Evidentiary Hearings Foreclosure

All Issues Waived on Appeal

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that a pro se taxpayer waived all issues on appeal because he failed to comply with the lower court’s order directing him to file a statement of matters complained of on appeal. City of...more

6/30/2014 - Appeals

Owner May Appeal Base Year Valuation

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that an owner of property was entitled to pursue a base year evaluation appeal, notwithstanding that the initial appeal was taken by a school district. Corey v. Washington County Board...more

6/30/2014 - Property Tax Property Valuation

Promotional Expenses Deductible for Gaming Tax

A nearly unanimous Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed the Commonwealth Court and held that certain promotional expenses were deductible in calculating gross terminal revenue for purposes of the 34 percent Pennsylvania tax on...more

5/9/2014 - Casinos Gaming Reasonable Promotional Expenses Slot Machines

Fuel Tax Assessment Affirmed

The Commonwealth Court affirmed on several grounds an assessment under the Liquid Fuels and Fuels Use Tax Act. Luther P. Miller, Inc. v. Commonwealth, No. 550 F.R. 2009 (Pa. Commw. Mar. 20, 2014). The Department of Revenue...more

4/21/2014 - Fuel Tax Sales & Use Tax

Estates Are Claimants Entitled to Rebates

In a four to three decision, the en banc Commonwealth Court held that a senior citizen’s estate was entitled to a rebate under the Senior Citizens Property Tax and Rent Rebate Assistance Act, 53 P.S. §§ 6926.1301-6926.1313...more

3/28/2014 - Estate Planning Rebates

Permanent Place of Abode Requires Actual Use of Property as Taxpayer’s Residence

The New York Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court and held that in order for an individual to have a “permanent place of abode” in New York for purposes of determining...more

3/6/2014 - Income Taxes Primary Residence Residency Requirements State Taxes

Retirement Community Qualifies as a Charity

A panel of the Commonwealth Court concluded that a continuing care retirement community qualified as an institution of purely public charity and was therefore exempt from real estate tax, except for a remand regarding...more

2/20/2014 - Charitable Organizations Exempt Organizations Property Tax Retirement

Sales Tax Complaint Remanded

A federal district court remanded to state court an action that made various contractual and consumer oriented claims regarding the collection of sales tax. Farneth v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2:3-cv-01062 (W.D.PA. Dec. 30,...more

2/12/2014 - Sales & Use Tax Wal-Mart

Amended Appeals Remedy Procedural Defect

A panel of the Commonwealth Court modified an order of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas that quashed certain real estate assessment appeals filed on a consolidated basis, but permitted the property owners to file...more

2/12/2014 - Appeals Property Tax Property Valuation

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