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California Supreme Court Decision Changes the Transfer Tax World

In 926 North Ardmore Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court concluded that, subject to certain limitations, California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act (the California DTTA), applicable to direct...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

2016 Cook County Property Tax Assessment Trends

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

For the past eight years, Franczek Radelet has tracked property tax assessment data obtained from the Cook County Assessor's Office. Our data set begins in tax year 2009 when the classification ordinance was amended to...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

Delaware to Increase Transfer Tax to 4% Starting August 1, 2017

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Increase will not apply to contracts signed before August 1st - As part of passing the budget for fiscal year 2018, the Delaware General Assembly voted to increase the transfer tax charged on real estate transactions from...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules That Constitution Prohibits School Districts from Engaging in Selective Tax Appeals

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: This alert examines the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion School District, which held that a school district may not selectively appeal the assessments...more

Commercial Borrowers Should be Familiar with the Refinance Exemption in Order to Avoid Paying More Taxes than Necessary

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

It is pretty well known that Maryland imposes taxes upon the sale/purchase of real property. The State requires both a recordation tax and a transfer tax to be paid whenever an ownership interest in property is transferred....more

California Supreme Court Affirms Novel M&A Tax

by Allen Matkins on

Suppose Mr. Henry owns all of the outstanding shares of a Virginia corporation that owns all of the issued and outstanding shares of a Massachusetts corporation that owns, among other things, real property in Los Angeles,...more

Extension Of Four Valuable As-of-Right Incentive Programs Included In New York State's Omnibus Bill

by Akerman LLP on

The State's new omnibus bill renewed and extended programs that abate real estate taxes, city corporate taxes, and sales taxes, and provide energy discounts to qualified applicants. Developers and businesses with new...more

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by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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2017 Legislative Update: New Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate Clients

by Sands Anderson PC on

On July 1, 2017, new laws passed during the 2017 General Assembly session will go into effect in Virginia that may impact you as someone interested in commercial real estate. They run the gamut of issues touching on the real...more

Transformational Brownfield Projects Eligible for Substantial Tax Incentives Under Recently Enacted Legislation

by Miller Canfield on

Brownfield redevelopment authorities and developers and owners of transformational brownfield redevelopment projects are eligible for substantial tax incentives under legislation signed by Governor Snyder on June 8,...more

What De Blasio’s Land Use Agenda Means for Brooklyn Real Estate Development

by Cozen O'Connor on

Even with all the development of the last 20 years, Brooklyn, the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, now approaching 2.7 million residents, continues to attract strong interest from developers, each scouring the...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

Classifying Taxpayer Business Hours

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has increased its audit activity in the area of deductible losses from real estate investments. A taxpayer who is classified as a “real estate professional" (or “REP”) is eligible for certain...more

Conservation Easement Opportunities: Protecting Natural Resources While Receiving Tax Savings

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Conservation easements may be a great example of "doing well by doing good." They help conserve fish and wildlife, clean water, natural habitats, historic properties, farmland, and timberland. They also provide other public...more

Did Colorado Raise Your Property Tax Value? Here's How to Challenge the Valuation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Every odd year, Colorado reassesses real property for a two-year period. This year, we are seeing huge increases in property tax values across the state and especially in the Denver/Boulder areas. The value increases are...more

Forfeiture Case Based on Alleged Elaborate $230 Million Russian Laundering and Fraud Scheme to Settle

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On the eve of trial this past Friday, the government announced an agreement to settle, subject to court approval, a major civil forfeiture action in the Southern District of New York. In the case, United States v. Prevezon...more

Virginia Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits: a Legislative Update

by Williams Mullen on

The Virginia Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (“HRTC”) Program (Virginia Code § 58.1-339.2) has been a significant factor in the preservation of historic properties and the revitalization of urban centers across the...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - How green infrastructure manages stormwater, enhances property values - Urban Land - May 3 - The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage...more

Ad Valorem Tax Values and Equitable Distribution

In many equitable distribution cases, where the value of real estate is an issue, the parties at least in negotiations debate the relative accuracy of the ad valorem tax value (“Tax Value or Tax Values”) of the property as a...more

Final 2016 Cook County Equalization Factor Released

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last Friday the Illinois Department of Revenue released the final 2016 Cook County equalization factor, which will be used to calculate the second installment property tax bills that are anticipated to be due in August 2017....more

Have Yourself a Very Trumpy Tax Plan

by Dechert LLP on

Well, we’ve had the big reveal and the administration’s new tax plan is out. This plan, announced with a great deal of fanfare, feels more like a campaign promise than an actual executable plan. At two hundred forty-six...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

Is Property Tax Reform Coming to Oregon?

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

As our state faces a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers are considering a number of ways to raise taxes to bridge the gap. One current proposal asks Oregonians to reconsider Measure 50, their 1990s-era property tax...more

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