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Insurance Recovery Law - July 2014

Second Circuit: Insurer Must Defend Where Factual Allegations Create a Possibility of Coverage - Why it matters: In a recent pro-policyholder decision, the Second Circuit, applying New York law, reminded...more

Colorado Court Leaves Valuation Question Unanswered When Valuing GRAT Appreciation

On March 20, 2014, the Colorado Court of Appeals, in Malias v. Malias, upheld the trial court’s determination that grantor retained annuity trust (GRAT) remainder interests were “property interests” for property division...more

Indiana Condominium Owners Failed To Show Their Unit Suffered From Obsolescence Or Was Valued Higher Than Comparable Properties

In Kamenova v. Marion County Assessor, Cause No. 49T10-1108-TA-49 (June 4, 2014), Owners of a condominium unit argued the unit’s 2006 assessment was too high due to the negative impact of excessive noise, foul odors, and...more

Owner May Appeal Base Year Valuation

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that an owner of property was entitled to pursue a base year evaluation appeal, notwithstanding that the initial appeal was taken by a school district. Corey v. Washington County Board...more

SB 871 Bumps Back Repeal of Solar Energy Exclusion by Eight Years

Solar Energy Systems Will Continue to Be Excluded from Full Cash Value of Real Property - A new law extending the exclusion of solar energy systems from affecting the full cash value of real property for taxation...more

Pennsylvania Real Property Tax Appeal Update: Pennsylvania’s 2015 Real Property Assessment Appeal Deadlines Are on the Horizon

For 66 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, the 2015 real property tax appeal deadlines fall between August 1 and the first Monday of October 2014. The current annual deadlines are as follows...more

Bitcoin Reportability and Taxation

June 30 is the deadline for taxpayers with a connection to foreign financial accounts to file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). As this is the first year in which all FBARs must be...more

What's More Appealing Than Property Taxes? Recent Kansas Legislative Changes Make This Year An Opportune Time to Appeal Yours

Do you or your company own real property in Kansas? If so, then challenging your property's tax valuation is more appealing than ever, thanks to the 2014 Kansas Legislature. ...more

County Property Assessment Appeals Deadlines Approaching!

Those who pay property tax in Pennsylvania have an annual opportunity to appeal the assessed value of property. Deadlines for these appeals vary by county, but most are either August 1 or September 1, so now is the time to...more

Indiana homeowner failed to prove lack of uniformity in the assessment of his property

Indiana’s burden-shifting statute doesn’t apply to uniformity claims, the Tax Court ruled in a recent decision in which it also held the Owner failed to show that the assessment of his home was non-uniform with those of other...more

Establishing A Property’s Tax Valuation – Earlier is Better

Few developers think of spending precious time and resources on working with a municipality to determine the appropriate property tax valuation method and an estimated preliminary value of a real estate project during the...more

Amended Appeals Remedy Procedural Defect

A panel of the Commonwealth Court modified an order of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas that quashed certain real estate assessment appeals filed on a consolidated basis, but permitted the property owners to file...more

Wind Turbines Still Don’t Hurt Property Values

A report published last week by researchers at the University of Connecticut and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory looked at more than 122,000 home sales that occurred between 1998 and 2012 in proximity to current or...more

Supreme Court Upholds a 40 Percent Valuation Misstatement Penalty Based on a Misrepresentation of Basis

In United States v. Woods, No. 12-562, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 8776 (December 3, 2013), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the imposition of the 40 percent gross valuation misstatement penalty set forth in 26 U.S.C. § 6662 where the...more

Assessments Remanded for Findings Re: Obsolescence

A panel of the Commonwealth Court reversed and remanded assessments on a property regarding the impact of obsolescence on the buildings. In re Appeal of Council Rock School District, Appeal of LMC Properties, Inc., No. 354...more

Value of Intangible Assets That Make a Direct Contribution to the Going Concern Value of a Business Must be Deducted from Property...

After the sale of an upscale city hotel, a county assessor reassessed the property. The new owner challenged the assessment, claiming it improperly included the value of nontaxable intangible assets. The county assessment...more

When Projected Eminent Domain Litigation Costs Exceed the Value of the Property Acquisition

Eminent domain litigation can be expensive. Acquiring small strips of property often costs more in legal and appraisal costs than the value of the property itself. Sometimes public agencies have no choice but to condemn...more

Property Valuation Topics: Fall 2013

In a rather prosaic case involving the measurement of damage to an automobile after an accident, the defendant who caused the accident sought to dismiss the plaintiff’s action because “her car [had] been fully repaired and...more

Freddie Mac Updates Tools And Policies Regarding Disclosure Of Property Valuation

On October 8, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-20, which (i) announces tools and systems that provide estimates of property value generated by Freddie Mac’s proprietary automated property valuation model and (ii) updates...more

Assessments, Condos vs. Town Homes  [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff explains why there's not always a one size fits all formula for calculating town home assessments. Howard is a partner in the Community Associations Practice Group of...more

Do Wind Turbines Hurt Property Values?

As I last discussed in June, during the past few years, proximate property owners have increasingly raised complaints about the siting and operation of wind turbines in Massachusetts. This phenomenon is hardly unique to...more

Owners of Condemned Property are Not Entitled to Precondemnation Damages When Decline in Property Value is Not Caused by Actions...

In People v. McNamara (--- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 6 Dist., August 14, 2013), a California court of appeal considered whether the owners of property condemned by a state agency were entitled to precondemnation damages due...more

Property Owners May Not Recover Precondemnation Damages for Decline in Property Values - Appellate Court Rules That Property...

In a ruling that benefits public agencies, a state appellate court yesterday overturned a finding of precondemnation liability against the California Department of Transportation. The court held that a causal relationship...more

PA Tax Law News -- July 2013

In This Issue: PA Capital Stock/Franchise Tax Phase-Out Deferred; PA Board of Finance and Revenue Reconstituted as Independent Tax Tribunal; Annual PA Property Valuation Appeals Due Soon; Telecom Gross Receipts Tax...more

Annual PA Property Valuation Appeals Due Soon

Taxpayers in Pennsylvania once again have an annual opportunity to appeal the assessed value of property. Deadlines for these appeals vary by county, but most are August 1 while some of the smaller counties are September...more

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