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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

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

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

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - July Update

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of recent legislation around the U.S....more

Solar City and Sunrun File Suit Challenging Arizona Property Tax on Leased Solar Systems

Solar City Corporation and Sunrun Inc. (collectively, the “Companies”) filed suit on June 30, 2014 challenging the Arizona Department of Revenue’s (ADOR) position that certain solar systems owned by the Companies (the...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

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

PA Tax Law News - Spring 2014

In This Issue: - OUCH! Do PA Revenue Shortfalls Foretell PA Tax Increases? - County Property Assessment Appeals Deadlines Approaching! - McNees Attorneys Goodman and Varner Author 2014 Edition of Assessment Law...more

How Michigan’s New Personal Property Tax Law Will Affect Municipalities

Recently enacted legislation provides clarity and relief to Michigan municipalities poised to suffer revenue loss as a result of personal property tax reform legislation enacted in 2012. On March 28 and April 1, 2014, the...more

Real Estate Tax Liens Attach to Persons, Not Just Property

In 2013, the Pennsylvania legislature passed an amendment to the Municipal Claim and Tax Lien Law (Act No. 93 of 2013, the “Amendment”), designed to give municipalities and school districts improved means of collecting tax...more

Extension of Eight Valuable As-of-Right Incentive Programs Included in New York State's Budget Bill

New laws may benefit developers and businesses with applications long pending and for future applicants that depend on these incentive programs to help induce investment and economic growth in the New York City. These...more

Municipal Law and Finance: Personal Property Tax Reform

Personal Property Tax Reform Background - Grand Rapids city leaders in cooperation with leaders from Ottawa and Kent Counties, Wyoming, and the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council worked with the Lieutenant Governor’s...more

PA Tax Law News - February 2014: Property Tax Notes

The Commonwealth Court in Douglass Village Residents Group v. Berks County Board of Assessment Appeals, No. 921 C.D. 2013 (1/27/2014), held that garages and decks in a mobile home park should be assessed to the landowner. ...more

Michigan State Tax Commission Issues Clarification On New Uncapping Statute

As discussed previously on our blog, on December 14, 2012, the Michigan legislature enacted a law, Public Act 497 of 2012 (HR 4753), to prevent the uncapping of property taxes on certain transfers of residential property...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: 2013 Tax and Related Legislation

The 2013 Session, 108th General Assembly, considered numerous tax and related initiatives, many of which passed. The subject matter of these initiatives this year was very broad, ranging from efforts toward amending the...more

New PARCA Report Examines State and Local Tax Burdens

A new report by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), a well-respected nonprofit research organization headquartered at Samford University in Birmingham, shows that frequent statements during the 2012...more

Are Charitable Deductions Dead?

In talking with a number of tax professionals, there seems to be a lack of consensus about how much the new law will actually reduce charitable deductions and other itemized deductions like those for state income tax, real...more

A Pinch of SALT: State Tax Treatment of a 'Manufacturer'

Originally published in State Tax Notes. Many states have created special treatment for manufacturers, including tax exemptions, credits, and special income tax apportionment rules. In this edition of A Pinch of SALT, we...more

Favorable Tax Decision On Solar Array

In December the Michigan Tax Tribunal ruled that a ground-mounded solar array is personal property and not real property for local taxing purposes. The 147 kW photovoltaic electric generating facility in question, built by...more

Illinois and California State Tax Advisory

Recent developments in state tax laws include a non-titled tangible personal property use tax in Cook County, Illinois, that is effective on April 1, 2013; and an income tax increase on individuals, estates and trusts in...more

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