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Proceed With Caution – Indiana Property Tax Appeals: Burden Of Proof Shifts For “Aberrational” Assessments; Appealing $50 Penalty...

A 5%+ assessment increase is “aberrational” where the property has not substantially changed year-to-year, so the Assessor carries the burden of proof. I have previously posted about Indiana’s adoption of a burden-shifting...more

Business Privilege Taxes Paid On Leases Refund/Appeal Filing Needed By March/April 2015

On September 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in Fish, Hrabrick and Briskin v. Township of Lower Merion, No. 1940 C.D. 2013, held that lease receipts are not taxable under local business privilege tax ordinances....more

PTAB Issues Decision in Long-Running Open Space Assessment Battle

The Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB) recently issued a decision finding that the clubhouse, parking lot, swimming pool, and tennis courts at a golf club are not entitled to favorable treatment as open space. The...more

Recent Decision on Imposing a Business Privilege Tax

The Commonwealth Court has rendered a significant decision regarding ability of municipalities to impose a business privilege tax on the gross receipts generated by real estate leases. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, in...more

Arms’ Length Sale of Contaminated Property is Best Indicator of Value for Tax Appeal Purposes

In a recent Appellate Division decision (Orient Way Corp. v. Tp. of Lyndhurst), the Tax Court’s prior determination that an arms’ length sale of the subject contaminated property provided credible evidence of true market...more

High Court Hears A Pair of RPTL § 420-a Cases on October 2014

We’re starting off our new blog season after a bit of a break with a recap of two key exemption cases that will be making waves again soon. Specifically, on October 21, 2014 the New York Court of Appeals heard oral arguments...more

Grunderwerbsteuer: Das Ende von 94/6-Strukturen bei Personengesellschaften?

Bundesfinanzhof verschärft den Rahmen für steueroptimierte Akquisitionsstrukturen durch mittelbare Zurechnung nach wirtschaftlichen Maßstäben . Thema der aktuellen Entscheidung – In einer am 10. September 2014...more

German Real Estate Transfer Tax: The end of so-called 94/6 Partnership Structures?

German Federal Fiscal Court severely tightens framework for acquisition structures by using beneficial ownership as the standard for the attribution of indirect participations. Key Subject of the Decision - With a...more

Racquet Club Argues For Lower Land Assessments That “Felt Right,” Loses Indiana Property Tax Appeals In Straight Sets

On August 21, 2014, the Indiana Tax Court in Indianapolis Racquet Club, Inc. v. Marion County Assessor, Cause No. 49T10-1201-TA-1, affirmed the 2002 assessment of a tennis club situated on three contiguous parcels and...more

Indiana Property Tax Rulings: Charitable Purpose Exemption For Rented Home And Duplex; Taxpayers Prevail With USPAP Appraisal,...

The following summaries of final determinations by the Indiana Board of Tax Review from the first half of 2014 were prepared by Noeli E. Serna, a 2014 summer associate at Faegre Baker Daniels who will be entering her second...more

Recent Amendment Implements Important Changes to the Georgia Brownfield Program

Effective on July 1, House Bill 957 (2014) (the “Amendment”) amended the Georgia Brownfield Act, O.C.G.A. § 12-8-200 et seq. (the Act). The Amendment broadens applicability of the Act, expands the pool of eligible parties...more

An Assessor Must Consider A Claim For Prospective Property Tax Relief Involving Condemned Property Even If The Owner Files The...

In Olive Lane Industrial Park, LLC v. County of San Diego (July 18, 2014, D063337) -- Cal.App.4th --, the Court of Appeal considered whether the owner of property acquired by eminent domain could attain prospective property...more

Time Limit to Transfer Base Year Property Tax Value Expanded for Eminent Domain Takings

Californians who have owned their properties for years understand the benefits of Proposition 13: their property taxes are based upon the property's purchase price (with only small allowable annual increases), as opposed to...more

Property Appeal Deadlines On Horizon

As we noted in our last newsletter, the deadlines for property assessment appeals are looming. Deadlines for these appeals vary by county, but most are either August 1 or September 1, so now is the time to analyze your...more

Tissue Bank Owned By For-Profit And Leased To Related Non-Profit Exempt From Indiana Property Tax

In Hamilton County Assessor v. SPD Realty, LLC, Cause No. 49T10-1104-TA-28 (May 27, 2014) (March 1, 2009 assessment date), the Indiana Tax Court affirmed the grant of a charitable purpose exemption where the office building...more

In Frank Aragona Trust, Tax Court Holds that Trustees’ Activities as Employees Count for Purposes of Material Participation Under...

The issue of whether a trust has passive or non-passive income from its investment in a pass-through entity has taken on increased importance in light of the tax imposed on net investment income under Code Section 1411 of the...more

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

Ocean Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles Affirmed; AB 2372 Passes Assembly

On June 3, 2014, in a published decision, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed the Superior Court ruling in Ocean Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, holding that even though 100 percent...more

Tax Injunction Act Bars Challenge to Local Demolition Tax

Recently, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied a challenge to a municipal tax on the demolition of real estate based on the strict enforcement of the Tax Injunction Act. This decision reinforces long-standing...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Waiver of Privilege: Disturbing Trends - New Repair Regulations Affect All Taxpayers - Unclaimed Property – It Is Not a Tax, but It Can Feel Like One - Excerpt from Waiver of...more

Reliance on Professional Advice Avoids Valuation Penalty

In Whitehouse Hotel Ltd Partnership v. Commissioner, No. 13-60131 (6/11/2014), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Tax Court’s enforcement of a gross undervaluation penalty imposed on a taxpayer claiming a...more

California Documentary Transfer Tax: Separate Unrecorded Statement of Tax No Longer Allowed After December 31, 2014

The California Documentary Transfer Tax Act requires the amount of documentary transfer tax due to be shown on the face of the document. However, if the party submitting the document for recordation requests, then the amount...more

What's More Appealing Than Property Taxes? Recent Kansas Legislative Changes Make This Year An Opportune Time to Appeal Yours

Do you or your company own real property in Kansas? If so, then challenging your property's tax valuation is more appealing than ever, thanks to the 2014 Kansas Legislature. ...more

County Property Assessment Appeals Deadlines Approaching!

Those who pay property tax in Pennsylvania have an annual opportunity to appeal the assessed value of property. Deadlines for these appeals vary by county, but most are either August 1 or September 1, so now is the time to...more

Grave decisions for Cemetery Association and Office Building Owner; Tax Court rejects two petitions to enjoin collection of...

A longstanding exemption is denied. In Washington Park Cemetery Association, Inc. v. Marion County Assess et al., Cause No. 49T10-1404-TA-10, the non-profit Association owned a cemetery, mausoleum and crematory complex in...more

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