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Michigan Property Tax Exemption for Charitable Institutions Is Again Construed Broadly by the State Supreme Court

by Dickinson Wright on

Property owned and occupied by charitable institutions solely for their charitable purposes is exempt from Michigan property tax. Some assessors denied exemptions to charities that charged fees for their services, arguing...more

The Estate of George H. Bartell et. al. v. Commissioner – IRS Issues an Action on Decision – Was It Too Good to Be True? The IRS...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As reported on March 8, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court issued a taxpayer-friendly decision in Estate of George H. Bartell, et. al. v. Commissioner, 147 TC 5 (June 10, 2016). The ruling seemed too good to be true. I advised readers...more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Summer 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Declaratory Judgment Not the Correct Remedy - Danping Li sued the Town of Woodbury with regard to the assessments of three properties she owned in that community. One of the counts of her complaint seeking a declaratory...more

PA Supreme Court Limits School District Real Estate Tax Appeals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a long-awaited decision on a hotly debated issue, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that taxpayers whose apartment buildings were singled out for school district tax appeals have stated a valid claim that such...more

PA Supreme Court Prohibits Taxing Jurisdictions from Specifically Targeting Commercial Properties for Reverse Assessment Appeals

by Reed Smith on

In a landmark decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed lower court decisions affirming the ability of taxing jurisdictions in Pennsylvania to solely target high-value commercial properties for “reverse” tax appeals....more

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review a Legal Challenge to Mello-Roos Special Taxes - Funding Mechanism for “Additional Services”...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear a development association’s petition for review of a California Court of Appeal’s decision that the Mello-Roos Act of 1972 allows the City of San Ramon to levy a special tax...more

South Carolina County Government Must Give Taxpayers a Hearing on Property Tax Penalty Where the Taxpayer Raises County Error

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If South Carolina property taxes are not timely paid, the county Assessor must assess a late-payment penalty. However, the county Treasurer is given authority to waive an assessed late payment penalty if a taxpayer can...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19576 - Briere v. Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, P.C. - SC19576 Concurrence - Briere v. Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, P.C. One might argue this decision...more

Pending Appeal in Michigan Supreme Court May Warrant Filing a Protective Property Tax Appeal This Year

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 1, 2017, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that it would hear oral arguments on the application for leave to appeal in Menard. One of the issues to be considered is “whether the Michigan Tax Tribunal may utilize a...more

Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. v. Galveston Central Appraisal District: A Strategic Opportunity?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Texas Supreme Court recently handed an owner of a Texas oil refinery a significant victory in Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. v. Galveston Central Appraisal District, No. 15-0492, 2017 WL 727276 (Tex. Feb. 24, 2017). In a...more

Michigan Tax News - January 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

Michigan’s 2017 property tax assessment notices are in the mail. Should you appeal? Local assessors are in the process of sending annual notices of real and personal property tax assessments to property owners/taxpayers,...more

Amendments to Alberta's Municipal Government Act Likely to Reduce Time and Cost of Property Tax Review Process

by Bennett Jones LLP on

As of January 1, 2017, amendments to the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000 c. M 26 (MGA), came into force, changing how property owners can seek court review of Assessment Review Board decisions in Alberta....more

Court Denies City of Chicago's Tax on Assignments of Mortgages

by Miller Canfield on

In October 2015, we discussed Cook County, Illinois circuit court cases City of Chicago v. KTCP and Halsted West v. City of Chicago, which held that an assignment of a mortgage is a transfer of a “beneficial interest in real...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 16th, 2016

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA and Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 16, 2016 is below. This week’s Update contains an update on one important recent court decision involving OTAs....more

Indiana Tax Court Reverses Classification Of An Apartment Complex’s Common Area, Modifying Application Of The 2% V. 3% Tax Caps

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Tax Court in Hamilton Square Investment, LLC v Hamilton County Assessor (Oct. 5, 2016) explained, “Indiana’s property tax caps provide taxpayers with credits against their Indiana property tax liabilities” and the “amount...more

South Carolina Court of Appeals, in Montgomery v. Spartanburg County Assessor, Reverses Prior Administrative Law Court Order...

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Court of Appeals’ recent opinion in Montgomery v. Spartanburg County Assessor provides an interesting discussion of the definition of “fair market value for agricultural purposes” in connection with South...more

Hospitality Industry Law Newsletter

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New Labor Code Section Prevents Employers from Using Out-of-State Choice of Laws Provisions in Contracts with California Employees - On September 27, 2016 Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law impacting the contract...more

Deference for Assessment Review Boards

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Reasonableness as Standard of Review - The standard of review of a composite assessment review board’s decision to increase a property tax assessment is reasonableness, the Supreme Court...more

Purchasers of NJ Tax Sale Certificates - What You Include in Your Proof of Claim Can Cause a Loss of Your Claim and Lien

by Dechert LLP on

In Princeton Office Park, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy and district court rulings that the purchaser of a NJ tax sale certificate forfeited its claim and lien because it included the...more

Property Tax and Valuation TOPICS: Fall 2016

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

October 1, 2016 Revaluations: If/When/How to Challenge Your Real Estate Property Assessment - Connecticut municipalities are required to carry out a general revaluation of all real estate within their boundaries at least...more

N.C. Court of Appeals: Absent Notice to the Federal Government, Foreclosure for Unpaid Local Taxes Won't Extinguish Federal Tax...

North Carolina is a "pure race" state, for real estate title purposes. That is, “first to record an interest in land holds an interest superior to all other purchases for value, regardless of actual or constructive notice as...more

Lease Receipts Subject to Business Privilege Taxes After All

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently reversed a 2014 Commonwealth Court decision in which the Commonwealth Court had ruled that the Local Tax Enabling Act (“LTEA”) bars local taxing jurisdictions from imposing business...more

Taxpayer Entitled to Section 1033 Gain Exclusion Despite Holding Only a Beneficial Ownership Interest in Condemned Property

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In PLR 201609003, the IRS determined that a taxpayer was entitled to exclude gain attributable to the forced transfer of the taxpayer’s ownership of public use facilities, even though the taxpayer did not hold legal title to...more

PA Property Tax Reassessment Update

by Reed Smith on

Several counties in Pennsylvania are conducting countywide property reassessments. This update provides status changes for Washington, Blair and Lancaster Counties, along with a set of important deadlines and basic assessment...more

Court Finds All of a Taxpayer’s Work for His Employer to be Personal Services in a Real Estate Business

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas recently held that all of a taxpayer’s work for his employer, a property management company, counted toward the taxpayer’s satisfaction of the material...more

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