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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

Michigan’s 2017 Property Tax Assessment Appeal Deadlines Are Approaching

by Dickinson Wright on

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, is the deadline for filing 2017 petitions with the Michigan Tax Tribunal for property tax appeals involving commercial real property, industrial real property, developmental real property, commercial...more

A Case Study on the Accuracy of Real Market Values on Tax Statements

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

In my previous Ear to the Ground post, I discussed real market values and how they can become inaccurate on your tax statement. For this week's post, I wanted to offer a real-life example of how this discrepancy played out...more

South Carolina FILOT Taxpayers Now Required to File a New Property Tax Return with the County Auditor

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The April 30th deadline for the calendar year South Carolina taxpayers to file their annual Form PT-300, Property Return, is fast approaching. Taxpayers subject to a fee-in-lieu of tax (FILOT) must file a new schedule with...more

Is the Real Market Value on Your Tax Statement Accurate?

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

One of the most common questions asked about property tax in Oregon is whether the assessor's real market value ("RMV") is accurate. The short answer is, probably not....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

Tax Lien Foreclosure – Rights of Mortgage Holders and Unassessed Owners

by PretiFlaherty on

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

by Sanford Millar on

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

“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

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

by Goodwin on

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

Lancaster County property owners, reassessment is coming!

by Barley Snyder on

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...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

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

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