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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

One Reason Your Property Taxes Skyrocketed - New Bond Measures

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Contrary to popular belief, Oregon law does not limit property tax increases to three percent per year. If you received a property tax statement this year, you may have learned this the hard way. Overall tax rates are now at...more

Current Issues for Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Campus Real Estate, Property Management, Tax Credits The 15th Annual Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers conference was held in San Francisco, where attendees listened to and learned from both in-house and outside counsel at...more

Deadline Approaches for Phila. Tax Appeals – Increased Assessments & Potential for School District Appeals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) has reviewed the assessed values of all commercial and industrial real estate in Philadelphia, and earlier this year, many owners of commercial and industrial real estate...more

Education Week Article Examines Harmful Revenue Impact of Property Tax Appeals

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent article in Education Week has caught the attention of many local educators. The article, available here, discusses a national trend in property tax assessment appeals that can have devastating effects on school...more

PA Supreme Court Rules On School District Tax Appeals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent Supreme Court of Pennsylvania case, captioned as Valley Forge Towers, taxpayer brought an action against the school district, as a taxing district, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief claiming that the...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

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

PA Supreme Court Limits School District Real Estate Tax Appeals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a long-awaited decision on a hotly debated issue, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that taxpayers whose apartment buildings were singled out for school district tax appeals have stated a valid claim that such...more

For-Profit Schools Ruled Exempt From Michigan Personal Property Tax

by Miller Canfield on

In a departure from past interpretation, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a ruling on May 1, 2017 expanding the use of personal property tax exemptions available to for-profit institutions. In SBC Health Midwest, Inc. v City...more

Final 2016 Cook County Equalization Factor Released

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last Friday the Illinois Department of Revenue released the final 2016 Cook County equalization factor, which will be used to calculate the second installment property tax bills that are anticipated to be due in August 2017....more

Real Property Tax Alert - October 2016

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Nassau County Class 4 Commercial Property – Disputed Assessment Fund (“DAF”) Started with October 2016 School Bill - All Class 4 commercial properties have been impacted by the increase in the school tax rate...more

NC Legislative Update - May 2016 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Lawmakers have left Raleigh to enjoy a long weekend, planning to return Tuesday following Memorial Day. The House held a no vote session on Thursday, but the Senate continued to work, unveiling proposals for...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

Property Owners: Be Aware of Upcoming Washington Country Tax Reassessment

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

To culminate a process that has been years in the making, in February 2016, Washington County will be issuing notices to real estate owners showing their new property assessments. Because county, municipal and school...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

Indiana Tax Court Upholds Property Tax Exemption For Early Learning Center

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 1, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court in Johnson County PTABOA and Assessor v. KC Propco LLC d/b/a Kindercare Learning Center affirmed the grant of a 100% real property tax educational purpose exemption for property used as...more

2015 Property Tax Levies Will Be Limited to 0.8% Growth

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers that will be used in the PTELL limiting rate calculations for 2015 property tax levies collected in 2016. The 2015...more

One State Explores Imposing Real Property Tax on Nonprofits

In states such as New York, where local governments and public schools are funded by taxes on real property, exemptions are often highly scrutinized by assessors and taxpayers alike. However, the exemption provided to...more

Maine Supreme Court Clarifies Property Tax Exemption For Non-Profits

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In a case watched closely by Maine’s non-profit organizations, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has held that Hebron Academy, a private secondary school, was exempt from property tax on its various school buildings. The...more

WSJ Article Reveals How Other States Equalize Education Funding

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal details how the soaring value of Texas oil fields has not resulted in much additional revenue for local school districts. In Karnes City, Texas, an eightfold increase in the value...more

Upscale Retirement Complex Denied Religious and Charitable Property Tax Exemptions

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Second District Appellate Court recently upheld the Department of Revenue’s denial of a property tax exemption for the Village at Victory Lakes in Lindenhurst, Illinois, which is a continuing care retirement community...more

PA School Districts Seek to Increase Property Taxes of Selected Businesses

A new and growing trend in the field of property tax assessment continued this summer, as school districts in the eastern part of the state filed what could be a record number of appeals of selected property owners’ tax...more

New Study Shows Declines in TIF Revenues

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts throughout Illinois are experiencing declines in revenues as a consequence of the changes in the real estate market. TIF Districts operate by diverting a portion of property tax revenue...more

"Purely Public Charities" in Pennsylvania. Back to the future – again.

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision has rekindled the issue of what constitutes a "purely public charity" for real estate tax exemption purposes in Pennsylvania. The decision may lead to a renewed interest of school...more

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