Property Tax

Property Taxes are taxes levied against the owner of property located within a particular jurisdiction. Property taxes are often used to refer to taxes on real property. Property taxation schemes vary depending... more +
Property Taxes are taxes levied against the owner of property located within a particular jurisdiction. Property taxes are often used to refer to taxes on real property. Property taxation schemes vary depending on the country or jurisdiction.  However, a popular system involves a government assessment of the value of a property and a rate based on a proportion of the assessed value. A property may be subject to taxation by multiple taxing entities.  less -
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New Scottish property transaction tax: Highest rate band for commercial property announced as 4.5%

John Swinney, the Scottish government's Finance Secretary, has announced the proposed rates and bands for the new Scottish property transaction tax known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). On 1 April...more

B.C. Supreme Court Rescinds Land Transfers

In Re 0741508 BC Ltd and 0768723 BC Ltd (2014 BCSC 1791), the British Columbia Supreme Court (“BCSC”) considered whether rescission should be granted in respect of two real estate transactions in which the applicant...more

Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Extending Real Property Tax Abatement for Solar Power Installation

Governor Cuomo has signed into law a bill that extends real property tax breaks for installing electricity-generating solar panels on New York City buildings effective September 23, 2014. ...more

Sold Only an Interest in Your Property? Get Ready To Pay More Tax

California state and local government agencies looking for more revenue have long been looking at real estate sales to increase their tax take. Last month, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District...more

New Study Shows Substantial Growth in Effective Tax Rates for Residential Properties

As school districts and other public bodies enter the 2014 levy season, a new study from the Civic Federation of Chicago provides further evidence that the tax burden in suburban Cook County has shifted from commercial and...more

Oregon Supreme Court Provides Definition of "Data Transmission Services" for Central Assessment Purposes

The Oregon Supreme Court today released its long-awaited decision in Comcast Corporation v. Department of Revenue, 356 Or 282, (Oct 2, 2014) (argued January 8, 2013). ...more

Affordable Housing Alert: California’s Property Tax Welfare Exemption Law Amended

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, low income housing projects face a modified legal regime when qualifying for property tax exemptions in California....more

Portions of Property Exempt for Religious Use

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that portions of a 45-acre tract were entitled to exemption as places of regularly stated religious worship. Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary of Earth Religion v. Medford County Board...more

Indiana Property Tax Exemptions: Church Permitted To File Letter In Lieu Of Application; Trade Association Failed To Prove Split...

Church properly used letter of notification (and not official application) to claim exemption; previously granted exemption rolled forward. The Indiana Board of Tax Review applied a 100% property tax exemption to a church...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap — September 2014

This week the House and Senate returned to Harrisburg for their first session week since summer recess. Only a few voting days loom between now and the November 4 election, which leaves a great deal of speculation regarding...more

Proposed Amendment to California's Property Tax Rules – Attempting to Close a Commercial Real Estate Loophole

Proposition 13 generally limits taxes on real property to one percent of the full cash value of that property. “Full cash value” is defined as the assessor's valuation of the property tax bill, which typically is based upon...more

2014 Legislative Update: Summary Of Changes In School Law

In This Update: - Administration ..School as Polling Place ..Student Discipline Study ..Destruction of Public Records ..Sale of Personal Information ..DCFS Guardianship ..Children of...more

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

Cook County Property Tax Incentives Continue to Expand

Cook County continues to increase the number of commercial and industrial properties eligible for reduced property tax assessments. Recently, the County amended the Real Property Assessment Classification Ordinance to add the...more

Greater Guidance Comes To Calif. For Land Appraisals

Courts have long recognized that valuing mineral rights in eminent domain proceedings is inherently speculative, which can lead to wide swings in property valuations. So how can appraisers, property owners and public agencies...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

At the end of August, Speaker of the Maine House, Mark Eves, announced a $65 million housing bond proposal for affordable housing for seniors, pay increases for in-home care workers and expanded property tax credits for...more

Illinois Court Holds That Tax Deed Was Not Void For Lack Of Proper Notice

Excalibur Energy (“Excalibur”) attempted to void a tax deed for certain property for which the defendant, Marilyn Rochman, also claimed ownership. To achieve this end, Excalibur filed a new action in circuit court for...more

Even a Tax Authority May Sometimes Have to Pay

In Clinton County Treasurer v. Wolinsky, 511 B.R. 34 (N.D.N.Y. 2014), a Chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a property tax foreclosure as a fraudulent transfer and then to recover damages from the foreclosing county. The...more

Cook County Assessed Values Continue to Decline

For the sixth year in a row we have obtained and analyzed assessment abstract data from the Cook County Assessor’s Office. In each tax year since 2008 the County’s total assessed value has declined. The data from 2013, the...more

Racquet Club Argues For Lower Land Assessments That “Felt Right,” Loses Indiana Property Tax Appeals In Straight Sets

On August 21, 2014, the Indiana Tax Court in Indianapolis Racquet Club, Inc. v. Marion County Assessor, Cause No. 49T10-1201-TA-1, affirmed the 2002 assessment of a tennis club situated on three contiguous parcels and...more

Recent Amendment Implements Important Changes to the Georgia Brownfield Program

Effective on July 1, House Bill 957 (2014) (the “Amendment”) amended the Georgia Brownfield Act, O.C.G.A. § 12-8-200 et seq. (the Act). The Amendment broadens applicability of the Act, expands the pool of eligible parties...more

Property Tax Foreclosure: Tax Authority May Have to Pay for Equity in Property

A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a property tax foreclosure as a fraudulent transfer and then to recover damages from the foreclosing county. The bankruptcy court agreed that the transfer was a fraudulent conveyance, but...more

Proceed With Caution, Part XIV: New Indiana Board Rulings Apply The Modified Burden Of Proof Statute For Property Tax Appeals

Earlier this year, I reported on the enhancement of Indiana’s burden of proof statute, which became effective March 25, 2014. Generally, the Assessor has the burden of proof on appeal if the challenged assessment is more...more

Vacant Historic Building Qualified For Indiana Property Tax Exemption

In Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana Inc. v. Vigo County Assessor, Pet. No. 84-002-11-2-8-02178 (June 10, 2014), a nonprofit Corporation claimed a 100% exemption on a property that was vacant on the March 1, 2011,...more

Fourth Amendment Precludes Inspection Of Private Property Even In Assessment Review Litigation

Recently there has been increasing debate regarding if and when assessing jurisdictions, or its agents, can invade the privacy of New York residents. Even New York’s governor has been impacted by this issue. Last week, the...more

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