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Illinois Appellate Court Dismisses Assessment Challenge Seeking Writ Of Mandamus

The Illinois Appellate Court recently dismissed a petition for a writ of mandamus in which the plaintiffs challenged the legality of taxes assessed on their property. In Dumas v. Pappas, the Court addressed the proper path...more

Are you an innocent spouse for FBAR purposes?

The U.S. Tax Court (Tax Court) has restated the basic principles for a person to obtain “innocent spouse” relief from tax assessments. The criteria are as follows...more

Understanding Real Estate Tax Assessment Procedures

If the locality where your company’s real property is situated went through a revaluation of real property for tax purposes effective as of January 1, 2014, your company should soon be receiving a notice of assessment. You...more

Real Estate Tax Assessments: An Untimely Appeal Will Trigger An Automatic Appeal Of Subsequent Assessments.

Pennsylvania Property Tax Assessments: This post covers a recent Commonwealth Court ruling that an unsuccessful nunc pro tunc appeal from a real estate tax assessment will trigger the automatic appeal of any further...more

Public Information Session Held on the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption

We recently posted about the Legislature’s recent amendment to the RPTL 458-a Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. From what we have seen and heard, most school districts statewide have determined not to pass the law by March 1,...more

Alabama Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Establish an Independent Tax Tribunal

Last night, the Alabama Senate passed by a vote of 26-0 Substitute House Bill 105, formerly known as the Alabama Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights II (TBOR II) and recently renamed the “Alabama Taxpayer Fairness Act,” which...more

Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Real Property Tax Appeal Deadline is March 31, 2014

Each year, Pennsylvania property owners and tenants have an opportunity to file a real estate tax assessment appeal. With the exception of Allegheny County, the annual appeal deadline for every county in Pennsylvania falls on...more

State & Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition - December 20th, 2013

On December 16, 2013, the Council On State Taxation (COST) released its fifth edition of the COST Due Process Scorecard on Tax Appeals and Procedural Requirements. For the second time in as many scorecards, Alabama ranked in...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

Tax Assessment Remanded for Findings

A panel of the Commonwealth Court reversed and remanded for further findings several assessments determined by a trial court. In re appeal of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, No. 159 C.D. 2013 (Pa Commw. Oct. 30, 2013). The...more

Mississippi Supreme Court: Tax Assessments Not Subject to Meaningful Judicial Review

On November 21, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied the taxpayer's Motion for Rehearing in Equifax, Inc. and Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc. v. Miss. Dept. of Revenue, letting stand the court's earlier ruling that...more

“Pay First, Litigate Later” Doctrine Applies to Local Governments: Taxpayers Required to Pay Local Assessments Until Resolution of...

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (“District”) protects groundwater quality in Los Angeles County groundwater basins from overuse and saltwater intrusion. The District finances its efforts through an...more

The Crown Succeeds On A Motion To Strike A Portion Of The Taxpayer’s Pleading: Golini V. The Queen

In Paul C. Golini v. The Queen (2013 TCC 293) the Tax Court of Canada agreed to strike out portions of a taxpayer’s pleading suggesting that a protective reassessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) was...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 10 - October 2013

In This Issue: Despite Incorrect Advice from NYS Tax Department, Conference Request Held to Be Untimely; Corporate Officer Liable for Sales Tax Despite Creditor’s “Sweep Arrangement” with Corporation; Charter Yacht Not...more

Greek Tonnage Tax Imposed On Foreign-Flagged Vessels

Greece has finally imposed a tonnage tax on foreign-flagged vessels operated by shipping companies in Greece. It already had been taxing Greek-flagged ships, and the nation’s debt crisis left the government with no other...more

Safe-Harbor Provisions for Association Assessments — “First Mortgagee” Must Take Title

The Florida Statutes provide that the subsequent owner of a condo unit or home subject to a homeowner’s association is liable for the assessments of the previous owner that remain unpaid at the time of taking title....more

Will The Tax Court Of Canada Entertain A Determination Of A Question Of Law Where The Focus Is On Future Assessments?

In Sentinel Hill Productions IV Corporation v. The Queen (2013 TCC 267), Justice Judith Woods of the Tax Court of Canada said no. In so doing, she shed light on the requirements for making an application for a determination...more

PA Tax Law News -- September 2013: Philadelphia Property Owners Take Notice! Reassessment Appeal Deadline Approaching

In February, the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (“OPA”) issued new “Actual Value Initiative” reassessments for every property in Philadelphia. Property owners were given the chance to file an informal appeal. If...more

Ninth Circuit Decision Creates New Tax Opportunities and Challenges in Indian Country

Since the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Mescalero Apache Tribe v. Jones, it has been clear that state and local tax authorities could not assess property tax on permanent improvements located on tribal trust land when...more

Spotlight on Mississippi: Assessment Notices for 2012 Individual Income Tax Season Issued on July 20, 2013

The Mississippi Department of Revenue (Department) recently announced that individual income tax Assessment Notices for tax year 2012 were issued on July 20, 2013....more

Tennessee Trial Court Holds that Third-Party Logistics Provider Is Not Exempt from Tennessee Business Tax

A Tennessee trial court has rejected a third-party logistics provider’s challenge to a Tennessee business tax assessment. In the decision, the court concluded that some of the taxpayer’s logistics services were not covered by...more

Pennsylvania Property Tax Assessment Update: Property Tax Appeal Season Kicks Into High Gear

Pennsylvania 2014 Assessment Appeal Deadlines Are on the Horizon - With the exception of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania property tax appeal deadlines for 2014 fall between August 1 and the first Monday of October 2013....more

Cook County Assessed Values Continue To Decline For Fourth Straight Year

As Cook County taxpayers receive their second installment 2012 property tax bills, the final assessment abstract for Cook County reveals a source of the higher tax rates they will see, the continuing decline of the property...more

Actual Expenses Establish Low-Income Housing Value in Dispute

Property owners and assessment authorities continue to clash over the proper valuation for property tax purposes of rent-restricted, low-income housing. One of the most recent disagreements flared up in the small town of...more

Massachusetts Department of Revenue and Appellate Tax Board Look to Expand Tax Dispute Mediation Programs

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has indicated it is looking to expand taxpayer eligibility for its early mediation program for expedited settlement of tax disputes by including taxpayers with smaller proposed tax...more

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