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How to Land Projects in California

Until recently, California’s state-level economic development cupboard was looking a little bare — its 400 redevelopment agencies were dissolved in February 2012, property tax increment financing has been discontinued and...more

Tax credit increases what’s available for historic renovation

In May, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the Colorado Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act (also known as House Bill 14-1311). By substantially increasing the amount of funds available for the...more

Proposed House Bill would Create Appeals Process for Qualified Census Tract and Difficult Development Areas

On July 24, 2014, Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Texas) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would amend Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code to provide for an appeals process for HUD Qualified Census Tract...more

Native American Business Law Alert: Significant Tax and Applicable Law Ambiguity in Proposed Revisions for Indian Lands...

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is proposing to revise the process for obtaining and administering rights-of-way (ROWs) on Indian lands. While the proposed regulations seek to make improvements and clarifications...more

Watch out for California transfer taxes in transactions involving real estate holdings

For some time now, we have reported on the growing trend in California of counties collecting documentary transfer tax for transfers of interests in legal entities holding real property in California. This update of a DLA...more

San Diego Transient Occupancy Tax is Calculated by the Amount Received by Hotel Operators, Not Amount Received by Online Travel...

Cities throughout California impose transient occupancy taxes ("TOT") on hotel occupancy. In In re Transient Occupancy Tax Cases (2014) --- Cal App 4th ----, the Court of Appeal held that San Diego's TOT ordinance is...more

LBTT: A new Scottish property transactions tax

SDLT is to be replaced in Scotland by a new tax known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax ("LBTT"). LBTT is being introduced under the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013, and will come into effect on...more

SJC Case Could Result in Loss of Property Tax Exemptions for Certain Conservation Land

A property tax dispute involving a $172 property tax on conservation land owned by The New England Forestry Foundation (the “Foundation”) in the Town of Hawley could impact land conservation organizations throughout the...more

Passing the Buck: The Impact of Maryland's New Stormwater Fees on Commercial Leases

During its 2012 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 987, a bill which required that the ten separate EPA-licensed storm sewer system (“MS4”) jurisdictions in Maryland (Baltimore City and nine...more

A Compilation and Summary of Real Estate Related Legislation Enacted by the 51st Arizona Legislature

On Friday June 14, 2013, at 12:59 a.m., on the 152nd day of the regular legislative session, the 51st Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die, or “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.” Generally, except...more

How to Make the Best Difficult Decisions in Uncertainty

I. Perpetual Calendar—Make Sure You Have Time for Reasoned Decisions - Stop trying to remember so much, reduce your stress, and avoid the risk of missing an important date. Every item that you can record onto a...more

Underwater Mortgages: Can Eminent Domain Bail Them Out?

This article examines the constitutionality and possible implications of the plan being considered in several parts of the country to use the power of eminent domain to seize "underwater mortgages". The plan has been...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Appeals from a Pollution Control Facility Certification Order

Tomorrow morning in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in The Board of Education of Roxana Community Unit School District No. 1 v. The Pollution Control Board, which presents an important question of...more

Fast Food Comes to Indian Country

In-N-Out Burger, the quintessentially Californian burger chain, will open its first restaurant on tribal land in early 2014 at the Morongo Casino on the Morongo Indian Reservation on the heavily trafficked Interstate 10. The...more

Major New Jersey Economic Incentive Legislation Advances

Legislation that will significantly expand economic development incentive programs will soon become law. The legislation merges five existing economic development incentive programs into two economic development incentive...more

Redevelopment Law Amendments Enacted in New Jersey

Governor Chris Christie signed into law this week A-3615, which makes several important changes to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (the “Redevelopment Law”). These changes will impact developers, municipalities and...more

California Supreme Court Update: Air Quality Emissions Reduction Credits May Be Considered in Assessing Unit Value of Power Plant,...

A power plant operator was required to purchase emission reduction credits (“ERCs”) to comply with the permitting process to build a power plant. Over the course of several years, the State Board of Equalization (“Board”)...more

Business Privilege Tax, Interest and Penalties Sustained

A panel of the Commonwealth Court sustained a decision that upheld the assessment of a township’s business privilege tax, interest and penalties. Whitehall Township Treasurer v. Allentown Power Center, L.P., No. 248 C.D. 2012...more

Stormwater Alert: Maryland Fee Program About to Become a Reality

The so called "rain tax" is about to hit property owners in Maryland. In April 2012, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a law — known as HB 987 — that requires each of the 10 most populous jurisdictions in Maryland...more

Daishowa-Marubeni: A Tree Fell In The Forest And The SCC Caught It!

In Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. v. The Queen, 2013 SCC 29, Justice Rothstein marries tax philosophy and tax practice by asking and answering the question: If a tree falls in the forest and you are not around to...more

Commonwealth Court Confirms Use of Appeal Filing Date as Valuation Date for Real Estate Assessment Appeals

The Commonwealth Court has held that the proper date of valuation in an Allegheny County assessment appeal is the appeal filing date, not the first day of the tax year under appeal. The school district had appealed the...more

What you need to know today about Municipal Improvement Districts (Presentation)

In This Presentation: Municipal Improvements Act; The Governing Body and MID; Authorized Improvements; Common Questions; Criteria for the MID; Common Questions; and Boundary Issues. Excerpt from Municipal...more

Fee-in-Lieu of Tax (“FILOT”) and Multi-County Park (“MCP”) / Special Source Revenue Credit (“SSRC”) Arrangements - Developer...

In This Presentation: FILOTs and MCPs/SSRCs – Developer Issues ..Basic Property Taxes Calculation ..FILOTs – The Basics ..Developer FILOT Project Scenario ..Developer FILOT Arrangements ..Key Issues in...more

Focus on Real Estate - October 2012

In This Issue: 1 City of Toronto Zoning By-Law Update 2 New Heritage Official Plan Policies For The City of Toronto 3 Creditor Priority as between Factoring Companies and Lienholders in the Wake of the Alberta...more

The Dos and Don’ts of a Foreign Trade Zone

Originally published in Law 360 on August 24, 2012. Imagine a corporation in the business of building and leasing warehouses to manufacturers, in particular, manufacturers that import raw materials to be manufactured...more

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