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Rating - the road to revaluation: Check, Challenge, Appeal: Wrong but not unreasonable will suffice...

The headlines continue to be dominated by the 2017 revaluation and the disappointing approach to reform delivered by the Chancellor's Spring Budget, which simply repeats the government's commitment to more regular...more

Luxembourg Real Estate -Tax and Legal Developments

This brief report provides a summary of the most recent Luxembourg legal developments that currently affect and will be affecting real estate practitioners throughout 2017....more

2017 Allegheny County Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeal Deadline Approaching

The deadline to file real estate tax assessment appeals for the 2017 tax year in Allegheny County is March 31, 2017, which is rapidly approaching. If you are an owner of commercial property, factors to consider in...more

Rating – the road to revaluation: Reliefs

Whilst the government argues that the 2017 revaluation ensures that all businesses are getting a fair deal, with the majority of businesses across the country being "unaffected or better off with the changes", it has been...more

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

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

Tax Lien Foreclosure – Rights of Mortgage Holders and Unassessed Owners

Experienced tax collectors and treasurers know that mortgage holders and unassessed owners of record have the right to receive copies of certain notices during the tax lien foreclosure process. But what are these entities’...more

Properly structured foreign gifts of real property property can be estate and gift tax free

The investment in U.S. real property by Non-residents can be structured to minimize estate and gift taxes. The key is to structure the investment through a limited liability company, limited partnership or corporation so...more

Rating – the road to revaluation: Material change of circumstances

You instruct a specialist rating surveyor, who carries out detailed calculations to ascertain your rateable value (RV) and engages in lengthy negotiations with the Valuation Officer (VO) – then something changes at your...more

Business rates revaluation 2017: an explanation

On 1 April 2017 the business rates payable in respect of properties in England and Wales will be changing. Business rates are the tax that businesses pay on the retail, office and industrial premises that they occupy. ...more

Form Over Substance Sometimes Prevails in Tax Law – Estate of George H. Bartell et. al. v. Commissioner

In most areas of law, substance prevails over form. Code Section 1031 is possibly one of the few exceptions to this time-honored rule of jurisprudence. Under Code Section 1031, form may prevail over substance. The U.S. Tax...more

“PACE” for Residential and Commercial Renewable Energy Projects – What is it?

“PACE” – Is it the new buzzword? Lately, it seems I keep hearing about securitizations backed by PACE financings. What is a PACE financing program, and what is happening in the securitization market?...more

Protecting Tax Deferral for A Contribution to A Partnership

When a taxpayer (“Taxpayer”) sells a property (“Property”) with a fair market value (“FMV”) in excess of Taxpayer’s basis in Property in exchange for cash in an arm’s-length transaction, the amount of gain that he realizes on...more

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

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

State and Federal Tax Law Developments Affect Same-Sex Couples and MA Residents with Out-of-State Real Estate

Recent changes in state and federal tax laws impact same-sex couples and any Massachusetts residents who own real estate in another state. Clients who may be affected by these changes should act soon to protect the...more

Newbigin – A reality check - Newbigin v Monk

It has not been rosy in the business rates garden recently. Following the Woolway v. Mazars decision, the vagaries of the business rates revaluation and the complete uncertainty and potentially adverse consequences flowing...more

Supreme Court rating decision good news for developers and property owners

In a decision that will be welcomed by developers and property owners, the Supreme Court has held that a commercial property undergoing extensive refurbishment works was effectively exempt from business rates....more

Rating – the road to revaluation: Valuation

Valuation - The front pages of the national press have been headlining a key message: the revaluation and proposed reforms are taking businesses on a path they are resistant to going down. In view of a plethora of hard...more

Lancaster County property owners, reassessment is coming!

After more than a decade, the Lancaster County Property Assessment Office reassessment of property values will begin this year and become effective January 1, 2018. The purpose of the reassessment is to align all property...more

The Property Tax Appeal Process: It’s That Time Again...

Here we go again! It's that time that all Guilford County real property owners invariably look forward to [Insert Sarcasm]. Yes, it’s a Revaluation Year in Guilford County. Property owners should be on the lookout: assessment...more

When A “Tax Free” Exchange May Not Be Free of Tax

“Tax free” – two words that often bring great delight when they are spoken by a tax adviser to the owner of a business, whether he is considering the disposition of a single asset, or of substantially all of the assets, of...more

Toronto Municipal Land Transfer Tax Increase

The City of Toronto has increased its municipal land transfer tax rates to match the recent changes to provincial land transfer taxes, effective March 1, 2017....more

Tax Reform Considerations for REITs

Various components of the tax reform proposals that have been put forth by the Congress as well as the President could have significant impacts on REITs. In 2016, the Republican leadership and Republicans on the House...more

Supreme Court of California Set to Decide Documentary Transfer Tax Case

The Supreme Court of California is slated to review a 2014 decision by the California Court of Appeal for the Second District, which held in 926 North Ardmore Avenue, LLC v. County of Los Angeles that a change in ownership of...more

Property Tax Exemption Application Deadline Approaches

March 1st is the deadline for filing all property tax exemption applications in the state of Florida. No matter in which of the 67 Florida counties you own property, please be certain that any property tax exemptions you may...more

New North Carolina Sales Tax Provisions for Contracts Related to Real Property

This alert is relevant for contractors who perform construction services on real property in the state of North Carolina. In South Carolina, contractors remain subject to the traditional sales or use tax at the time of all...more

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