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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

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

Tennessee – 2014 Legislative Highlights

Effective January 1, 2015, the method of issuing tax assessments and the informal conference process available to taxpayers will be revamped. 2014 Tenn. Pub. Acts 854. Touted as being more taxpayer-friendly, the two most...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

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

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

The Eagles have not Landed an Indiana Property Tax Exemption for Lodge

On March 18, 2014, the Indiana Tax Court clipped the wings of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3988, affirming the denial of a property tax exemption for its lodge in Mooresville as of the March 1, 2006 assessment date. In...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

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

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

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

Rhode Island Real Estate Tax Appeals for Non-Profit Organizations

It is clear that the municipalities in Rhode Island are facing tough financial times. Municipalities are eagerly searching for new sources of tax revenue to meet budgetary shortfalls. Unfortunately, this search has led to...more

Time For Superior Court Revaluation Appeals Is Running Out

Most boards of assessment appeals have mailed notices of their decisions, or are about to do so, to property owners who challenged their October 1, 2012 revaluation assessments this past winter....more

Understanding the Basics of Philadelphia's New Actual Value Initiative

Originally published in The Legal Intelligencer on March 27, 2013. The city of Philadelphia's new property tax program is coming and your assessment is likely going up, but it is not all bad news. Still, commercial...more

Commonwealth Court Opinion Contains Important Lessons for Property Owners

On January 23, a panel of the Commonwealth Court in Krohn v. Snyder County Board of Assessment Appeals, Nos. 116 and 117 C.D. 2012 (January 23, 2013), overturned an attempt by Snyder County to reassess a two acre tract of...more

Commonwealth Court Confirms Use of Appeal Filing Date as Valuation Date for Real Estate Assessment Appeals

The Commonwealth Court has held that the proper date of valuation in an Allegheny County assessment appeal is the appeal filing date, not the first day of the tax year under appeal. The school district had appealed the...more

Ready or Not, Here It Comes: Philadelphia's Actual Value Initiative Assessments Are in the Mail

Today, the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) begins mailing out the new "Actual Value Initiative" (AVI) reassessment figures to every property owner within the city. The new assessments are intended to reflect...more

PA Tax Law News - February 2013

In This Issue: PA Governor Proposes Corporate Tax Cuts; Add-Back Legislation Reintroduced; PA Supreme Court Issues Business/Nonbusiness Income Decision; Philadelphia Property Reassessments; Commonwealth Court Addresses...more

New Jersey Property Tax Appeal Time

It is property tax appeal season in New Jersey. If you own or lease commercial, residential and/or investment property in New Jersey, now is the time to review whether you should file a 2013 appeal. ...more

Allegheny County Property Owners – Be on the Lookout for Notices Changing Assessments for Tax Years 2012 and 2013; and April 1,...

Allegheny County’s Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review continues to hold hearings of tax appeals of the countywide reassessment figures, which are to be implemented for the first time in tax year 2013. In recent...more

Challenging New York City Real Property Taxes

Tentative Assessments and Initiation of the Tax Cert Process - New York City faces a continuing decline in state and federal funding. Increased property taxes continue to be a reliable revenue stream to fund local...more

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