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Tax Appeals Based on Property Type May Violate State Constitution

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Valley Forge Towers Apartments N, L.P. v. Upper Merion Area School Dist., 2017 Pa. LEXIS 1520, 163 A.3d 962 (Pa. July 5, 2017). (The Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that school district’s tax assessment appeal policy...more

Pennsylvania Court Provides Commercial Property Owners With Defense to Tax Assessment Appeals

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 5, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision confirming that all real estate in a taxing district is a single class (i.e., not subject to sub-classifications based on property type, such as...more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Summer 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Declaratory Judgment Not the Correct Remedy - Danping Li sued the Town of Woodbury with regard to the assessments of three properties she owned in that community. One of the counts of her complaint seeking a declaratory...more

Selective property tax appeals based on property type or residency status of the owner violates the Pennsylvania Constitution’s...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently reversed the Commonwealth Court and held that the Uniformity Clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution does not permit school districts to selectively appeal only the assessments of...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules That Constitution Prohibits School Districts from Engaging in Selective Tax Appeals

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: This alert examines the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion School District, which held that a school district may not selectively appeal the assessments...more

Illinois Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Constitutionality of Illinois Hospitals' Property Tax Exemption Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

There have been two new developments in the long running saga over a charitable property tax exemption for hospitals in Illinois....more

State and Federal Tax Law Developments Affect Same-Sex Couples and MA Residents with Out-of-State Real Estate

by Goodwin on

Recent changes in state and federal tax laws impact same-sex couples and any Massachusetts residents who own real estate in another state. Clients who may be affected by these changes should act soon to protect the...more

California real estate: Change the ownership, increase the tax

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 1978, Proposition 13 was added to the California State Constitution limiting increases in assessed value of real property to help California real property owners, particularly retirees, from suffering drastic increases in...more

Property Tax and Valuation TOPICS: Fall 2016

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

October 1, 2016 Revaluations: If/When/How to Challenge Your Real Estate Property Assessment - Connecticut municipalities are required to carry out a general revaluation of all real estate within their boundaries at least...more

Solar Industry Update:  What’s on the Back of My Ballot? What Amendment 4 Is All About

If you vote by mail, then you’ve likely already received your August 30 primary ballot with a proposed amendment to the Florida constitution on the back. It is Amendment 4, and it is the only amendment on the primary ballot....more

Hospital property tax exemption under attack in Illinois

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On Jan. 5, 2016, the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court ruled in the Carle Foundation Hospital case that an Illinois state law providing for property tax exemptions for certain not-for-profit hospitals is...more

Religious Institutions Update: March 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - The death of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will have an uncertain effect on religious institutions. Justice Scalia delivered the majority opinion in Employment Div. v. Smith, 494 U.S...more

Pennsylvania Court Confirms That School Districts May Target High Value Properties When Appealing Tax Assessments For The Purpose...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Valley Forge Towers Apts. N, LP v. Upper Merion Area School District, 124 A.3d 363, 365 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2015). The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court holds that when a school district has reasonable and financial considerations...more

Illinois Court Finds Special Property Tax Exemption Unconstitutional

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A property tax exemption designed to benefit a single aviation company was recently found unconstitutional by the Illinois Appellate Court. The exemption was only for fixed base operators (FBOs) providing aeronautical...more

Proposition 218 Guide for Special Districts

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In this Guide: - Taxes (Article XIII C) - Assessments, Fees and Charges (Article XIII D) - Assessments (Article XIII D, Sections 4 And 5) - Property-Related Fees and Charges (Article XIII D,...more

Best in Law: Tug-of-War Over Changing Prop. 13 Remains Intense

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A “split roll” might sound like something you would find in a bakery. But in fact, it is a real property tax concept that has been the subject of a tug-of-war since Proposition 13 was overwhelmingly passed by California...more

Property Valuation Topics: Winter 2015

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Thorny Exemption Issue Discussed - Limited Liability Company X owns property in the Town of Windham which it leases to Corporation Y. Both entities are tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code. Both entities...more

Potential Tax Changes Ahead for Pennsylvania Nonprofits

Pennsylvania charities that rely on exemptions from real property tax and sales and use tax may have good reason to be concerned. A recently released special report prepared by the Pennsylvania Auditor General quantifying...more

Texas Supreme Court Rejects State’s Use of Unclaimed Property Law to Usurp Private Right to Contract

by Reed Smith on

In a 5-to-4 decision, the Texas Supreme Court rebuffed the Texas attorney general’s attempt to undo a cy pres award using the state’s Unclaimed Property Act. The cy pres award was a result of a settlement between defendant...more

Time Limit to Transfer Base Year Property Tax Value Expanded for Eminent Domain Takings

by Nossaman LLP on

Californians who have owned their properties for years understand the benefits of Proposition 13: their property taxes are based upon the property's purchase price (with only small allowable annual increases), as opposed to...more

Mortgagee Lacks Standing to Appeal

by Cozen O'Connor on

A panel of a Commonwealth Court held that a mortgagee is not an aggrieved party for purposes of standing to take an appeal of the assessment of real property. Mountain Manor Development Company LP v. Monroe County Board of...more

Tax Injunction Act Bars Challenge to Local Demolition Tax

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied a challenge to a municipal tax on the demolition of real estate based on the strict enforcement of the Tax Injunction Act. This decision reinforces long-standing...more

Tax Newsletter: Austria - April 2014

by DLA Piper on

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX ACT - The most recent draft of the Austrian Budget Accompanying Act of 2014 (Budgetbegleitgesetz, BudBG 2014) provides for, inter alia, a calculation basis for the...more

Continuing Care Retirement Community Denied Property Tax Exemption

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld the denial of a property tax exemption on both charitable and religious grounds for the Meridian Village continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Glen Carbon. A CCRC provides...more

Underwater Mortgages: Can Eminent Domain Bail Them Out?

by Anthony DellaPelle on

This article examines the constitutionality and possible implications of the plan being considered in several parts of the country to use the power of eminent domain to seize "underwater mortgages". The plan has been...more

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