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Texas Supreme Court Upholds Property Tax Exemption For Student Housing Authority’s Dormitory Used By Summer Campers

On April 24, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court in Texas Student Housing Authority v. Brazos County Appraisal District and Appraisal Review Board for Brazos County Appraisal District rejected a county appraisal district’s argument...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 04/17/2015

This week, as the Minnesota Legislature worked on finance bills, Governor Mark Dayton took the opportunity to comment on the House and Senate budget proposals. He criticized both plans for being too low in most regards....more

News from Second and State

Budget, budget, budget. On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his inaugural budget address to the largely Republican General Assembly; Monday had been filled with speculation and Wednesday largely consumed with reaction. You...more

Change in Illinois Property Tax Code Establishes Waiver Distribution Payments

Taxing districts in Cook County may see a slight increase in the funds they receive because of a new type of collection referred to as an Exemption Waiver Distribution. This new collection was established by an amendment to...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 6, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Service of Process: return of service is not required to expressly list the factors defining the “manner of service” contained in Section 48.031(1)(a), Florida Statutes, not included in the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Update - January 2015

Briefs Filed in Three State Tax Cases Set for Oral Argument - Merits briefs were filed in each of the three state tax cases on the Court's docket for the October 2014 Term. In Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v....more

2015 Property Tax Levies Will Be Limited to 0.8% Growth

Last week the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers that will be used in the PTELL limiting rate calculations for 2015 property tax levies collected in 2016. The 2015...more

Extenders, Extenders, Extenders

Wondering if your favorite individual “tax break” was extended by Congress on December 16, 2014? This article sheds some light on that question....more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap

The House and Senate will reconvene on Monday, May 5, 2014. This will be the last session week until after the May 20 primary. Here’s what happened in Harrisburg this week: Waterfront Development - Senator...more

PA Senators Pushing to Replace School Property Taxes with Expanded Personal Income and Sales Taxes

A number of Pennsylvania State Senators continue to push for legislation to eliminate school district property taxes in Pennsylvania. They would replace the lost revenues by increasing the statewide Personal Income Tax rate...more

Public Information Session Held on the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption

We recently posted about the Legislature’s recent amendment to the RPTL 458-a Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. From what we have seen and heard, most school districts statewide have determined not to pass the law by March 1,...more

School Districts: New York State Allows School Districts The Option To Offer Significant Real Property Tax Exemption To Veterans...

In December of 2013, the New York State Legislature expanded Real Property Tax Law ("RPTL") Section 458-a. As originally enacted in the 1980s, RPTL Section 458-a provided a partial exemption from county, city, town and...more

Alabama Tax Developments: 2013 Year in Review

Our final Alabama SALT Alert of 2013 summarizes the major legislative, judicial, and administrative developments affecting Alabama taxpayers with respect to income, transactional, and property taxes so far this year. The 2013...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 30, 2013

In This Issue: - Fed Proposes Rule Requiring Banks to Stay Liquid During Crisis - Simulation Tests Banks' Survival Against Cyber Attacks - Largest Banks Close to Meeting Mortgage Settlement Obligations -...more

Government Relations Report - Week 6 Wrap-up: Property Tax, Education Reform, Red Light Cameras, Water Issues and Home Rule

We have now completed six weeks of the 2013 Session of Iowa’s 85th General Assembly. The end of week five marked the first milestone: the deadline for individual bill requests. After February 15th individual legislators...more

Tax Law Blog: Individual Tax Rates, Deductions, and Credits

Here is a brief outline of the legislation passed by the Senate and House extending certain tax rates, deductions, and credits for individuals....more

WSJ Article Reveals How Other States Equalize Education Funding

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal details how the soaring value of Texas oil fields has not resulted in much additional revenue for local school districts. In Karnes City, Texas, an eightfold increase in the value...more

Upscale Retirement Complex Denied Religious and Charitable Property Tax Exemptions

The Second District Appellate Court recently upheld the Department of Revenue’s denial of a property tax exemption for the Village at Victory Lakes in Lindenhurst, Illinois, which is a continuing care retirement community...more

Argument Report: Taxpayer Standing to Challenge Education Financing?

Our reports on the oral arguments of the Illinois Supreme Court's September term continue with Carr v. Koch. In Carr, the taxpayer plaintiffs are challenging Circuit Court and Appellate Court decisions that they lacked...more

PA School Districts Seek to Increase Property Taxes of Selected Businesses

A new and growing trend in the field of property tax assessment continued this summer, as school districts in the eastern part of the state filed what could be a record number of appeals of selected property owners’ tax...more

New Study Shows Declines in TIF Revenues

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts throughout Illinois are experiencing declines in revenues as a consequence of the changes in the real estate market. TIF Districts operate by diverting a portion of property tax revenue...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: June 7, 2012

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued several opinions affecting the practice of Virginia local government law. The cases involve (1) an inverse condemnation claim against VDOT for flooding, (2) another application of...more

School Districts Across the Country Face Property Tax Refund Exposure

It may seem as though paying property tax refunds is only a problem for school districts in Illinois, or perhaps only for school districts in certain parts of Illinois. But school districts across the country face the...more

Sutherland SALT Shaker- Vol. 2 No. 8 September 2011

IN THIS ISSUE: Indiana Jeopardy Assessments (and Taxpayer) Turn Out to be a Dog While the power to issue a jeopardy assessment has been referred to as part of a state’s “power of the purse, not its power of the...more

Illinois Appellate Court Refines the Role of Comparable Sales in Assessment Disputes

The Second District Appellate Court recently issued a decision addressing the role of comparable sales when determining a property’s fair market value under Illinois law. The decision, Board of Education of Meridian Community...more

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