Top 10 Take-Aways from Webinar on New Tax Assessment Appeal Legislation

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On May 12, 2011, Sands Anderson PC held a webinar for local government attorneys, assessors, Commissioners of the Revenue, Boards of Equalization and local government staff involved in the local government assessment and appeal process. The Virginia Municipal League’s Mark Flynn and myself served on the panel.

The webinar was a big success! About 130 separate registrations were logged on and many of them had multiple attendees. We estimate that somewhere in the ballpark of 200 participants shared in the experience. Two hours of CLE credit have been applied for and all registrants will be contacted when approval is received from the Virginia State Bar.

With apologies to David Letterman, here are my Top Ten “take-aways” from the webinar:

10. The two bills in question — HB 1588 and SB 3015 – are the same, as adopted. So, good news! You only need to read one.

9. With full compliance with the required notices and disclosures of assessment records in Virginia Code §§ 58.1-3331, 58.1-3379 and 58.1-3984, as amended, the worst of the legislation for localities – shifting the order of presentation of evidence at the BOE and/or circuit court — is avoided.

8. Likewise, if the appeal does not involve the “assessment of residential property filed by a taxpayer as an owner of real property containing less than four residential units,” the worst of the legislation for localities is avoided.

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