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Recent Tax Developments

The following is a summary of the most important tax developments that have occurred in the past several months that may affect you, your family, your investments, and your livelihood. Please call us for more information...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

“Ladybird Deed” Language Removed from Michigan Tax Guidelines

Many people have heard of a "Ladybird Deed," but few understand how Ladybird Deeds work. In essence, this type of deed allows property to pass automatically upon an individual's death without the need of probate, offering a...more

PA Budget - Minor Tax & Escheat Impacts

On June 30th, the Pennsylvania House and Senate adopted a budget for FY 2014-15 which requires no major tax increases. The Governor signed the budget and accompanying Fiscal Code bill on July 10th, after making several line...more

3 Red Lights And 3 Green Lights For Non-US Investors In US Real Estate: Tax Challenges And Solutions

Investment in US real estate by non-US investors is increasing. Non-US investors acquired almost $23 billion in US real estate, representing a 9% increase over 2012 and accounting for 13% of all real estate transactions in...more

Bankruptcy Court Sheds Light on MA Homestead Protection of Downstream Trust Beneficiaries

Suppose the following: Title to a home is held by Trust A. The beneficiaries of Trust A are three natural persons and Trust B. Trust B holds a 25% beneficial interest in Trust A. The sole beneficiaries of Trust B are Mom...more

NY Property Tax Exemption Extension for Renewable Systems

The New York legislature has passed a bill that extends a real property tax exemption for wind, solar and certain other energy systems until January 1, 2025. The bill provides that real property which includes an eligible...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

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update

Neutral Evaluation/Sinkhole Litigation: trial court erred in sustaining objection to insurer’s notice of stay to invoke neutral evaluation process in lawsuit for breach of contract and damages for sinkhole losses to property...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – We Like Like-Kind Exchanges

A real estate owner who holds a property for investment or business purposes, sells the real estate and recognizes a gain. She pays the taxes on the gain at both the federal and state level and uses the remaining proceeds...more

Legislative Update from NCSHA Conference

In previous Housing Plus blog posts we’ve discussed various tax credit proposals that have been released since the beginning of the year, which include the comprehensive tax reform proposal from House Ways and Means Committee...more

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

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

Indiana Condominium Owners Failed To Show Their Unit Suffered From Obsolescence Or Was Valued Higher Than Comparable Properties

In Kamenova v. Marion County Assessor, Cause No. 49T10-1108-TA-49 (June 4, 2014), Owners of a condominium unit argued the unit’s 2006 assessment was too high due to the negative impact of excessive noise, foul odors, and...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

SB 871 Bumps Back Repeal of Solar Energy Exclusion by Eight Years

Solar Energy Systems Will Continue to Be Excluded from Full Cash Value of Real Property - A new law extending the exclusion of solar energy systems from affecting the full cash value of real property for taxation...more

IRS Issues Favorable Private Letter Ruling to Data Center REIT

On June 6, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Private Letter Ruling 201423011 (the PLR), confirming that income from certain data center services can constitute “rents from real property” for purposes of the...more

Pennsylvania Real Property Tax Appeal Update: Pennsylvania’s 2015 Real Property Assessment Appeal Deadlines Are on the Horizon

For 66 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, the 2015 real property tax appeal deadlines fall between August 1 and the first Monday of October 2014. The current annual deadlines are as follows...more

Cottage Transfers of Ownership without Uncapping Property Tax Broadened Under Michigan House Bill

On December 27, 2012, HR-4753 was signed into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. As discussed in our previous blog post, "HR-4753: An Early Christmas Gift for Michigan Cottage Owners!", this law prevents the uncapping of...more

Being a “good landlord” not enough to prove low income housing qualified for Indiana’s charitable purpose property tax exemption

In Housing Partnerships, Inc. v. Tom Owens, Bartholomew County Assessor, Pet. No. 49T10-1005-TA-23 (June 6, 2014), Taxpayer owned several individual homes, duplexes and small apartment buildings. The properties were rented...more

High Court Will Hear Religious Exemption Case

As reported in an earlier post, entitled New York Pagan Phryganium Wins Real Property Tax Assessment Appeal, the Third Department recently held that the Town of Catskill improperly denied a pagan religious group a real...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

New Law Changes Property Tax Assessments on Leasehold Interests at Military Bases

The leasing of government-owned, tax-exempt property can raise many policy questions for local assessing officials. Some of those questions are answered by specific provisions in the Property Tax Code. Other questions have...more

Changes to the local approval and contribution requirements under the Maryland QAP

Proposed changes under the Maryland Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) would eliminate the “local approval” requirement and replace it with an opportunity for the political subdivision in which the project is located to comment...more

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