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Cook County Requires More Documentation on Appeals

By Bob Tivnan, CMI and Michael Byrnes, Chicago


The Cook County Assessor's Office has updated and expanded its Vacancy/Occupancy Affidavit. Owners seeking property tax relief regarding vacancies in their buildings must now submit more documentation to show they are working to get the space leased. Get the full story.





Multicounty Appeal Boards Allowed in California

By Scott Donald, Irvine


Under a new law, counties in California may work together to form multijurisdictional assessment appeal boards. Property owners will continue to file their appeal applications with the clerk of the county where their property is located. Get the full story.





Pennsylvania - New Reporting Requirements

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.


Pennsylvania businesses that lease real estate from an out-of-state owner now have additional reporting requirements. Withholding is required for payments to non-resident property owners for business income totaling $5,000 or more during a calendar year. Get the full story.





Sticker Shock in Washington State

By Scott Donald, Irvine


A new statewide public school funding plan, coupled with voter-approved tax levies, are creating the largest property tax hike in modern history in parts of Washington State. For example, the average tax bill jumped over 31 percent in the small town of Carnation in King County. Get the full story.





Values Up in Fairfax County, VA

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.


The majority of property owners in Fairfax County, Virginia are facing higher property taxes, thanks to rising real estate assessments. There's a new administrative appeal deadline this year. Appeal applications must be postmarked by May 1. Get the full story.

Denver Property Values and Taxes Soar

By Joe Monzon, Denver


Continued growth in all sectors of Denver's commercial real estate market translated into higher values from the 2017 statewide reassessment. Even if tax rates hold steady, tax bills will be more expensive.
Get the full story.





Mecklenburg County Revaluation Underway

By Kevin Baker, Atlanta


Assessed values for offices, apartments, retail stores, and other commercial property in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina are up an average of 74% so far with this year's revaluation. Officials expect tens of thousands of appeals after valuation notices are issued. Get the full story.





San Francisco Commercial Tax Hike Proposed

By Scott Donald, Irvine


If voters approve a ballot initiative in June, there will be an additional tax of 1.7 percent on gross receipts from the lease of commercial space in San Francisco. Get the full story.





Texas Governor Proposes Property Tax Plan

By David Poer, Dallas


Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who is seeking re-election, is calling for a 2.5 percent annual cap on property tax revenue growth. His plan also prohibits the state from requiring local governments to provide new services without providing funding. Get the full story.





Washington D.C. Considers Conversion Incentives

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.


The D.C. Council is considering tax incentives to persuade developers to turn aging office properties into apartments and condos. The plan provides property tax abatement of up to $20 per square foot for ten years. Get the full story.

Colorado – Concerns over Gallagher Amendment

By Joe Monzon, Denver


A move is underway to amend or repeal Colorado’s Gallagher Amendment, which divides the state’s total property tax burden between residential and nonresidential property. Projections anticipate a 15% statewide cut to property taxes in 2019, thanks to this amendment. Get the full story.





Maryland Values Climb with Reassessment

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.


Commercial property values rose by double-digits with Maryland’s Group 3 reassessment. The deadline to file an in-cycle assessment appeal is February 12. Get the full story.





Ohio Supreme Court Rules on Property Tax Assessment

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago


Two recent rulings by the Ohio Supreme Court may be beneficial for businesses contesting their property tax assessments. Ohio’s appeal deadline is March 31. Get the full story.





West Virginia May Phase Out BPP Tax

By Tom Branham and Matt Canter, Washington D.C.


A bill will be introduced in West Virginia’s regular legislative session to phase out business personal property taxes over a seven-year period. If the legislation passes, voters would have to approve an amendment to the state constitution. Get the full story.





Wisconsin Property Taxes on the Rise

By John O'Neil, Chicago


Property taxes are increasing across the board in Wisconsin. Local schools, counties, and cities are raising their tax levies. There are wide variations in tax rates across the state. Get the full story.

California Wildfire Battles Continue

By Scott Donald, Irvine


Tax relief is available to property owners who have suffered damage from the recent outbreak of California wildfires. Businesses and homes that experienced damage of $10,000 or more are eligible for a tax break. Get the full story.





Florida Budget Proposal Could Raise Property Taxes

By William C. Coleman III, Orlando


In previous years, Florida property tax millage rates were reduced to avoid higher taxes. But under the governor's proposed 2018-2019 budget plan, tax rates will not be reduced and school districts will be able to collect additional revenue. It will be up to state lawmakers to decide. Get the full story.





Tax Foundation Ranks States' Business Tax Climate

By Vicki Robbins


The Tax Foundation's annual State Business Tax Climate report is out. The goal is to create a matrix to gauge how each state’s tax system compares with other states around the country. Get the full story.





Texas Tops 2018 Real Estate Report

By David Poer, Dallas


Three Texas cities ranked high as growing real estate markets for 2018. The Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report cities Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and San Antonio for positive market essentials and growth next year. Get the full story.





Wisconsin Marks Dark Store Day

By John O'Neil, Chicago


A move is underway in Wisconsin to eliminate dark store assessments. Bills are making their way through the Senate that would outlaw the practice of valuing big-box retail stores comparable to vacant, dark stores. Get the full story.

Fulton County Issues Property Tax Bills

By Paul Miller, Atlanta


Property tax bills were finally mailed this month for Fulton County, Georgia following delays ordered by both the county and the state. As a result, due dates for county tax bills are now 60 days from receipt of the notice or January 15, 2018 at the latest. Get the full story.





More Tax Hikes Coming in Chicago

By Bob Tivnan, CMI, Chicago


Chicago taxpayers have already been hit with nearly $1.1 billion in property tax increases. As the city begins budget hearings, officials are being told that more hikes will be needed in the near future.
Get the full story.





Pennsylvania Approves Property Tax Amendment

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.


A constitutional amendment that would allow cities, counties, and schools to completely eliminate property taxes for primary home owners passed Nov. 7 in Pennsylvania. However, there is much work to be done on approving laws and finding replacement taxes before the exemption is put in place.

Get the full story.





South Carolina - Appeals Can Still Be Filed for 2016 Calamities

By Kevin Baker, Atlanta


In South Carolina, property taxes are based on assessed values the previous year. So there’s still time to appeal from flood damage that occurred with Tropical Storm Matthew. For damage that resulted from a fire, an appeal must be filed in the current year. Get the full story.





Tax Notices Delayed in Miami-Dade

By Tony Garcia, Miami


Notices of value are normally mailed on or before November 1 in Miami-Dade, Florida. However, counties were given more time this year following Hurricane Irma. The late notices also impact payment and discount deadlines. Get the full story.

California Tax Relief for Catastrophic Wildfires

By John Ryder, Irvine


California is suffering one of the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in the state's history. Property tax relief is available for natural disasters that damage real or personal property. Get the full story.





Houston Won’t Raise Property Taxes for Hurricane Recovery

By Kenneth Graeber, Houston


Houston’s mayor initially called for a temporary property tax hike to help pay for the cleanup of Hurricane Harvey. However, the rate increase won’t be needed after the State of Texas pitched in $50 million from its rainy day fund. Get the full story.





Iowa Faces Financial Trouble Over Property Tax Reform

By John O'Neil, Chicago


Iowa implemented major tax reform four years ago that promised to lower commercial property taxes. Unfortunately, the tax savings have been less than half of what was anticipated. Get the full story.





Nashville Property Owners Win More Appeals

By Lee Wharton, Memphis


More than 17,000 taxpayers challenged their property tax assessment following this year’s reappraisal. Officials say 63% of those who filed appeals had their values lowered. Get the full story.





Texas - New Tax Filing Deadlines

By David Hawn, Dallas


New laws go into effect in January that impact filing deadlines for business personal property renditions, late filing deadline for Freeport exemptions, allocation applications, and appeals. Get the full story.

Chicago Property Taxes Going Up Again

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago


The Chicago Public Schools are raising property taxes by $125 million. It will help address crisis with teacher pensions, which are currently underfunded by $11 billion. Get the full story.





Houston Proposes Tax Hike Following Hurricane Harvey

By Kenneth Graeber, Houston


Hurricane Harvey caused an estimated $180 billion in property damage in Houston and southeast Texas. Houston's mayor is now proposing an emergency property tax hike to help with cleanup efforts from the storm. Get the full story.





Louisiana Exemption Process Creates Confusion

By Tony Klein, Houston


Local tax jurisdictions now have a say in whether manufacturing companies receive property tax exemptions in Louisiana. However, officials admit that parishes are confused about the approval process and businesses are confused about what the process is going to be. Get the full story.





St. Louis Sues Over Property Tax Election Results

By Scott Buie, Dallas


St. Louis is hoping to claim victory over a property tax election that was narrowly defeated in April. The city argues that the tax hike passed under the majority required by state law even though it failed to pass based on the city charter's requirements. Get the full story.





U.S. Cities with the Highest and Lowest Property Taxes

By Vicki Robbins


Property tax rates vary dramatically nationwide from city-to-city. A new report analyzes the factors that lead to high and low property tax rates. Get the full story.

Houston Office Vacancies Lead to Lawsuits

By Kenneth Graeber, Houston


More than a fifth of Houston's office buildings are sitting vacant following the downturn in the oil industry. There is a growing number of lawsuits filed by owners unable to resolve their appeals through administrative channels. Get the full story.





Ohio Supreme Court Rules on Valuation of Leased-Fee Properties

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago


The purchase price paid for a property in a leased-fee transaction is not necessarily its true market value, according to the Ohio Supreme Court. The ruling may impact school districts challenging property values in order to gain increased tax revenues. Get the full story.





Tampa Tax Hike Proposed

By William C. Coleman III, Orlando


Property taxes have remained steady in Tampa, Florida for nearly three decades. However, a 16% property tax increase is now being proposed to cover increased expenses and decreased revenues.
Get the full story.





Property Tax Report Card for the 85th Texas Legislature

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas


Texas lawmakers ended their special session August 15 without passing major property tax reform. Nevertheless, tax code changes were approved in 2017 that will benefit taxpayers. Get the full story.





Washington State Budget Includes Tax Hikes and Tax Cuts

By Scott Donald, Irvine


Washington's new operating budget includes higher taxes for public schools and lower taxes for manufacturing companies. Business and Occupation tax rates for manufacturers will be reduced 40% over four years beginning in 2019. Get the full story.

California Abolishes Board of Equalization

By Scott Donald, Irvine


California's Legislative Analyst's Office has called for the dissolution of the Board of Equalization for decades and it has finally been done. The BOE will be replaced with two new tax departments. The change will only impact state-assessed valuation challenges. Get the full story.





Indiana Dark Stores Methodology Upheld

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago


The Indiana Supreme Court has decided not to review a case involving "dark stores" assessment methodology. This affirms a previous court ruling that vacant big-box stores can be used as comparable properties when deciding market-value-in-use for property tax assessments. Get the full story.





Investigation Launched into Cook County's Assessment Process

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago


A newspaper series that uncovered unfair assessment practices in Cook County has prompted officials to order a full-scale investigation. The Cook County Board President announced that a third party will review the tax system and suggest ways to improve it. Get the full story.





South Carolina Manufacturers Get Tax Break

By Kristen Foster, Atlanta


Most South Carolina manufacturing companies already get a lower assessment rate thanks to incentives with the Fee in Lieu of Taxes (FILOT) program. Now companies that are not a part of FILOT will get a tax exemption that will be phased in over the next two years. Get the full story.





Wisconsin Considers Personal Property Tax Repeal

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago and Randy Davis, Vice President - Specialty Property Tax Services


Companion bills have been filed in Wisconsin’s current legislative session to make the repeal of business personal property taxes a part of the state budget. The bills have yet to receive a vote in committee. Get the full story.

2016 Cook County Equalization Factor Rises

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago


The state equalization factor for Cook County, Illinois is up over 5%. It's resulting in a much higher tax burden on commercial and industrial properties in the Chicago area. Get the full story.





Michigan Dark Stores Bill Has Wide-Ranging Impact

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago


New legislation targeting big box retail stores could change the way the Tax Tribunal operates for all commercial properties. A similar bill was approved by the Michigan House but failed to win approval in the Senate. Get the full story.





Pennsylvania Supreme Court Hears School Appeals Case

By Tom Branham, D.C.


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of appeals filed by local school districts against property believed to be under assessed. Taxpayers argue that currently practices targeting high-dollar commercial property constitutes spot assessment, which violates the state's uniformity clause.
Get the full story.





Texas Special Session Will Address Property Tax Reform

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas


Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called a special session of the Legislature to consider unfinished business from the regular session, which ended May 31. A major topic will be property tax reform and possible caps on state and local spending. Get the full story.





Washington - Proposed Legislation Replaces Tax Cap

By Scott Donald, Irvine


Ten years ago, the Washington State Legislature voted to restrict annual property tax increases to 1%. Now lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow local governments to increase property taxes more than the current limit factor. Get the full story.

Chicago Hit with Deluge of Tax Hikes

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago


A new report by the Illinois Policy Institute paints a bleak picture for Chicago property owners. The city, county, school district, and state have all raised property taxes. Higher property tax bills have not solved the serious financial problems that exist. Get the full story.





Court Ruling May Lead to More Revaluations in Pennsylvania

By Tom Branham, D.C.


Delaware County, PA will conduct its first revaluation since 1998 following a court order that older and newer construction is not assessed uniformly. The ruling may impact other counties that haven't conducted revaluations in decades. Get the full story.





Denver Values Increase by Double Digits

By Joe Monzon, Denver


Denver commercial property values took a big jump with the 2017 statewide reassessment. Apartment properties saw a record median increase of 45%. Get the full story.





Philadelphia Commercial Values Up 40%

By Tom Branham, D.C.


Officials are bracing for a flood of appeals from the first major revaluation of commercial property under Philadelphia's Actual Value Initiative. First level appeals must be filed by May 26. Get the full story.





Tarrant County Computer Problems Fixed

By Ken Parsons, Senior Vice President, Dallas


The Tarrant Appraisal District (Fort Worth, Texas) has been dealing with software issues since a new computer system was installed in 2014. Officials now believe they have the problems under control and this year's appeals should go smoothly. Get the full story.

Cook County Revamps Property Tax Incentive Ordinance

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago


A revised ordinance in Cook County, Illinois requires companies that receive a property tax incentive to pay their employees an acceptable living wage. It also makes recipients more accountable and creates avenues for revoking tax incentives for businesses that do not comply. Get the full story.





Proposed Nevada Bill Changes Tax Cap to a Tax Floor

By Joe Monzon, Denver


Nevada's Assembly Bill 43 seeks to create a property tax floor of 2.6% for the state's residential property in 2017. Once the Consumer Price Index reaches 1.5%, the floor would increase to a maximum of 3%, where it would become locked and could not decrease. Get the full story.





New Jersey Tax Cap Exemption Advances

By Tom Branham, D.C.


New Jersey's average statewide property tax bill is the highest in the nation. Assembly Bill 1655 allows municipalities an exclusion to the state's 2% property tax spending cap in order to generate matching funds for grants and other special programs. Get the full story.





Oregon Legislation Could Raise Tax Bills

By Scott Donald, Irvine


House Joint Resolution 1 requires property taxes to be assessed on the real market value of property rather than the traditional lower assessed value. It also increases maximum collection rates and authorizes tax districts to increase permanent rate limits once in a decade with voter approval.
Get the full story.





Texas Senate Approves Tax Bills

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas


Two major tax bills that impact Texas businesses were passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 2 requires cities and counties to hold a public vote if they want to raise property taxes 5% or more. Senate Bill 17 seeks to lower and ultimately do away with the margins tax on companies' gross receipts. The measures now go to the Texas House. Get the full story.

Cook County's 2016 Equalization Factor is Rising

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago


Cook County property owners can expect to pay higher taxes thanks to a rising equalization factor. At the same time, tax rates in the City of Chicago could go up 7% to 9% with even steeper hikes in suburban townships, which are being reassessed for 2017. Get the full story.





Georgia Property Tax Bills Filed

By Paul Miller, Atlanta


Georgia lawmakers are debating several property tax bills in the current session dealing with everything from the valuation of low-income properties to electronic filing. The session ends on March 30.
Get the full story.





Higher PP Tax Exemptions Proposed in Colorado

By Alex Martinez, Denver


Previous attempts to raise Colorado's personal property tax exemption have repeatedly failed. Two bills were filed this year and only one remains active. Get the full story.





Houston Recapture Issue Goes Back to Voters

By Kenneth Graeber, Houston


After an historic ballot proposition was rejected in November, voters will be asked again whether to allow the Houston Independent School District to send millions of property tax dollars to the State of Texas to share with other districts. The recapture issue is part of the state's "Robin Hood" school funding program. Get the full story.





Mecklenburg County 2019 Reval Underway

By Kevin Baker, Atlanta


Site visits are being conducted on properties in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina starting with problem areas identified after the previous reappraisal in 2011. Valuation notices will be issued in January 2019.
Get the full story.

Colorado Study Proposes Lower Residential Assessment Ratio

By Joe Monzon, Denver


Colorado's residential assessment ratio may fall to 6.56% for 2017/2018, according to a new study. This change will shift the tax burden, as required by the state's Gallagher Amendment. Get the full story.





D.C. Commercial Properties East of the Anacostia River May Get Tax Break

By Tom Branham, D.C.


In an effort to spur economic development, the D.C. Council is considering taxing commercial properties in Wards 7 and 8 at the same rate as residential. Get the full story.





Detroit Makes Headway in Historic Citywide Reappraisal

By John O'Neil, Chicago


For the first time in 60 years, every residential property in Detroit has been reassessed. The city plans to finish the reassessment of all commercial and industrial properties this year. Get the full story.





Illinois Property Tax Freeze May Advance

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago


A new session of the Illinois Legislature is considering a bill that would freeze property tax rates. The plan is part of Governor Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" for Illinois. Get the full story.





Nevada Bill Sets Floor for Commercial Property Tax Increases

By Joe Monzon, Denver


Assembly Bill 43 establishes a floor of 3% for annual commercial property tax increases. It would not remove existing caps that keep residential property taxes at 3% or less and commercial property taxes at 8% or less. Get the full story.

California Multifamily Forecast

By Scott Donald, Irvine


The market for apartments in California is good and analysts believe it's going to get even better. New construction is expected to hit a 25-year high in the next three years. Considering the projections, it will be crucial to manage your property taxes today and also plan for the future. Get the full story.





Denver Market Trends - How Does Your Property Compare?

By Alex Martinez, Denver


2017 is a reappraisal year for Colorado. New notices will be mailed in the spring. It's up to property owners to challenge a valuation if it's outside the norm of typical mass appraisal models.
Get the full story.





Ohio Developers May Get Tax Break

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago


A measure to freeze property values for commercial and industrial development until the projects are completed was passed by Ohio lawmakers. The proposal must be signed into law by the governor.
Get the full story.





Precedents Set in California Court Cases

By Scott Donald, Irvine


There are lessons to be learned from property tax issues decided by the California Court of Appeals. The Board of Equalization issued a Letter to Assessors on some recent case rulings. Get the full story.





Showdown Looms Over Texas Tax Reform

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas


Property taxes are a major focus for the Texas Legislature this year and a fight is already brewing over SB 2. Proponents say the proposed law will give citizens more control over how their property tax dollars are spent. However, local leaders claim it will only restrict their ability to provide needed services.
Get the full story.

December 2016

Austin Loses Appraisal Challenge

Durham County Moves to More Frequent Reappraisals

Houston Defeats Proposal to Share School Property Taxes

Tarrant County Problems Persist

Texas Property Tax Reform Bill Filed


November 2016

Denver Apartment Face Double-Digit Tax Hikes

Louisiana - Parish-Wide Reductions Approved

New Mexico Named Best State for Business Property Taxes

South Carolina 2006 Property Tax Relief Law Under Review

Taxes and Fees are Going Up to Fight Homelessness in Denver


October 2016

Colorado Votes on Tax Exemption

Dark Store Assessment Comes to Texas

Louisiana - New Restrictions on Industrial Property Tax Estimates

Philadelphia Transfer Taxes Going Up

Southeast Wisconsin Values Rebound


September 2016

Dallas County Values Increase More than 10%

Licensed Representation Required for Florida Appeals

Philadelphia Schools Go After Undervalued Properties

Seattle Seeks Higher Taxes for Mass Transit

Tarrant County Must Issue $12 Million in Tax Refunds


August 2016

Denver Proposes Higher Taxes & Fees for Affordable Housing

DFW Retail Vacancy Hits 30 Year Low

Highest and Lowest U.S. Property Tax Rates

Michigan Big Box Retail Bill Advances

Property Tax Hikes Predicted for Pennsylvania Schools


July 2016

Apartment Building Boom in Dallas/Fort Worth

Cook County Tax Bills Headed Up

California - Property Tax Hikes Proposed to Help the Homeless

Texas Supreme Court Upholds School Funding Plan

Wisconsin Businesses Push for PP Tax Repeal


June 2016

Florida Beach Tax Ruling Reversed

Kansas Moves Up Spending Cap

More Challenges to Dark Store Assessment

Philadelphia Revaluation Comes Up Short

Potential Tax Hikes Tied to Alternate Revenue Bonds


May 2016

Austin Commercial Values Jump 20%-30%

Florida Tweaks Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Higher Recordation Tax Proposed in Montgomery County

Indiana Approves Consolidating Appeal Boards

Mecklenburg County - Another Reval Review


April 2016

Florida Tax Cut Winners and Losers

Houston Office Values Increase 10%-25% in a Declining Market

Indiana Passes New Law on Big Box Retail Assessment

Pennsylvania - Split Tax Roll Proposed

Wisconsin Supreme Court to Rule on Low-Income Housing Assessment


March 2016

Arizona Bill Seeks to Boost BPP Tax Exemption

Indiana - More Legislation for Assessing Big Box Stores

Iowa Appeal Deadlines Moved Up

Minnesota Business Tax Relief

Nevada Tax Caps Challenged


February 2016

California Initiative Raises Taxes on High-Dollar Properties

Cutting Illinois Property Taxes

Kansas Property Tax Limits

Michigan Personal Property Tax Exemptions Kick In

Virginia Bills Benefit Taxpayers


January 2016

Maryland - Double-digit Assessment Hikes Reported

Oregon Changes Tax Filing Deadline

Pollution Stigma Impacts Value

Question All Fees and Taxes

Timing is Everything for Protesting Taxes

December 2015

Austin Appraisal Lawsuit Dismissed

Chicago Passes Property Tax Hike

Michigan Retailers Association Opposes Legislation

Santa Clara County Abolishes Appeal Fee

West Virginia Study Opposes BPP Tax Elimination


November 2015

Austin Appraisal Lawsuit Underway

Florida Considers Tax Swap

Indianapolis Industrial Boom

North Carolina Amends Laws on Property Tax Refunds and Underpayments

West Virginia Considers Eliminating BPP Taxes


October 2015

Chicago Commercial Owners Face Higher Taxes

Indiana - More Tax Regulations for Big-Box Stores?

Philadelphia - Higher Commercial Property Taxes Proposed

Texas Tackles School Finance Again

Utah Property Owners Face Higher School Property Taxes


September 2015

California Initiative Creates Property Tax Surcharge

Indiana Counties Don't Exempt BPP

Maryland Court Relaxes Stand on Date of Finality

Michigan Set to Tackle "Dark Stores" Assessment

Texas Faces Lawsuit Over Property Valuation System


August 2015

Apartment Rents Soar in Dallas/Fort Worth

Colorado Property Owners Brace for Higher Taxes

Nevada Tax Abatements Spur Investment

Ohio Bill Bans Schools from Challenging Assessed Values

Wisconsin Assessments - What's Fair?


July 2015

Austin Appraisal Challenge Goes to Court

California Split-Roll Tax Initiative Proposed

Chicago Area Businesses Could Face Even Higher Property Taxes

Georgia Court Upholds Taxation of Sec. 42 Credits

Indiana County, PA Conducts First Reval in Nearly 50 Years


June 2015

Arizona Property Tax Bills Defeated

Austin Challenges Commercial Property Appraisals

Indiana - New Law Requires Cost Approach

Pennsylvania Tax Shift Bill Moves to Senate

Texas Legislature Approves Tax Cuts


May 2015

California Considers Changes on Parcel Taxes

Georgia Approves Tax Law Changes

Gloucester Assessment Pilot Program Complete

Orlando Apartment Values on the Rise

Texas - How the Real Estate Market Impacts Property Taxes


April 2015

DC Considers Additional Assessment Reform

Florida Budget Plan Relies on Higher Property Taxes

Higher Values Expected for DFW Industrial Properties

Indiana Considers Wide-Ranging Property Tax Bill

Minnesota Property Tax Levies Increase Across the Board


March 2015

Arizona - Concerns Raised Over Proposed Legislation

Industrial Assessments Headed Up in Atlanta Metro

Personal Property Tax Legislation Filed

Texas Tax Relief Proposed

Utah Considers Property Tax Hike


February 2015

Arizona May Revert to Annual Assessments

Colorado - Higher Property Taxes Forecasted

Erroneous Interest Must Be Repaid

Grants Available in Gaston County, N.C.

Indiana Court Decision Good News for Big Box Retail


January 2015

Florida's Amendment 1 Will Lead to Higher Property Taxes

Increased Growth Forecast for D/FW Office Market

Mecklenburg County Confusion

Nebraska Property Tax Reform

Spot Appeals Under Attack in Pennsylvania


December 2014

Metro Denver Values Headed up

More Tax Changes Proposed in Indiana

Property Tax Bills Pre-Filed in Texas Legislature

Proposed Rules Require Tax Abatement Disclosure

South Carolina Considers State Property Tax


November 2014

Chicago Area Property Taxes Skyrocket

More Property Tax Changes Proposed in Arizona

Property Tax Reform Fails in Pennsylvania

Texas - Keeping Taxes Equal and Uniform

Wisconsin Considers Personal Property Tax Reform


October 2014

Florida Governor Proposes Tax Cuts

Fulton Wins First Round in Tax Hike Lawsuit

Iowa Businesses Get Property Tax Relief

Nevada Votes on Margin Tax

Texas School Funding System Overturned Again


September 2014

Cook County Braces for More Tax Hikes

Denver Names New Assessor

Fulton County Tax Hike Challenged in Court

Property Tax Values Rise in Dallas County

Travis County May Spend $3 Million to Tackle Tax Inequity


August 2014

California Prop 13 Challenge Loses Support

Expect Higher Property Taxes in Pittsburgh

Michigan Personal Property Tax Phase Out Will Proceed

San Francisco's Prop. B Challenged in Court

Utah Audit Finds $100 Million Tax Error


July 2014

Denver Office Rents Hit Record High

Florida Audit Criticizes VABs

Kansas Passes Tax Reform

San Francisco Enacts Waterfront Building Restrictions

South Tucson Collected Illegal Property Tax


June 2014

California Court of Appeals Rules on Valuation of Intangibles
Colorado Personal Property Tax Credit

Downtown Chicago Apartment Values and Taxes on the Rise
Electronic Filings and New Assessment Method in D.C.

Pima County Property Tax Increase Unavoidable


May 2014

Austin Assessments Rise Again

California Commercial Space Flight Companies Get Tax Break

Detroit Schedules Reassessment

Michigan Modifies Personal Property Tax Reform

Pennsylvania Property Tax Elimination Bill Stalls


April 2014

California Clarifies Valuation of Taxable Possessory Interests

Indiana Gives Counties the Option to Lower Taxes

Nevada Tax Caps Hinder Recovery

New Orleans Property Tax Hike Moves Forward

Orange County Offices Overvalued


March 2014

Assessing Embedded Software Remains a Challenge in California

Denver Industrial Market Moves from Recovery to Expansion

Mecklenburg County Issues Revised Commercial Reval Notices

Illinois Property Tax Referendum Proposed

Oklahoma Seeks Assessment Conformity


February 2014

Higher Assessments in Store for Dallas-Area Office Properties

Illinois Has Second-Highest Property Taxes

Indiana - No Time Limit on Tax Error Claims This Century

Montana Changes Personal Property Tax Laws

Philadelphia Appeal Backlog Intensifies


January 2014

Colorado Considers Personal Property Tax Cuts Again

Cook County Offers Emergency Tax Incentives

Michigan Personal Property Tax Exemption

New California Property Tax Laws

Pennsylvania Property Tax Reform

December 2013

Baltimore Works to Correct Property Tax Errors

Iowa Implements Tax Reform

Nevada Mayors Push for Assessment Cap Changes

South Carolina - Don't be Over Assessed After a Sale

Will Indiana Do Away with PP Taxes?


November 2013

Best and Worst States for Property Taxes

Hitting the Hotel Industry Tipping Point

Mississippi Supreme Court Orders Tax Refunds

Orlando Apartment Market - Winners & Losers

Texas - Improving Accountability in Appeals


October 2013

Austin Office Market Driven by Tech Firms

Chicago's Biggest Property Tax Bills Skyrocket

Forewarned is Forearmed

LA County Property Values Hit Record High

Time is Running Out for Philadelphia Appeals


September 2013

Mecklenburg County Set to Begin Revaluation Do-Over

Mixed Views on Atlanta Apartments

North Carolina - All Custom Software is Now Tax Exempt

Texas - Estimating Market Value of Inventory

Will Trickle Down Economics Lower Minnesota Property Taxes?


August 2013

California Eliminates Enterprise Zones

Denver - Demand Outpaces Supply

Houston BOMA Calls Value Increases "Absurd"

New Jersey Approves Assessment Pilot Program

Wisconsin Court Confirms Tax Exemptions


July 2013

California Tax Agent Registration

Florida Rescinds Tax Break

Iowa Passes Property Tax Reform

Philadelphia Sets AVI Property Tax Rate

Virginia Lowers Taxes for Data Centers


June 2013

California - Tax Reform Remains Elusive

Florida Tightens Tax Incentives

More Time Proposed for D.C. Assessment and Appeals

North Carolina - Tax Savings from Obsolescence

Property Tax Rates Capped in Fulton County


May 2013

Denver Approves One-Stop Appeals

Georgia Bill Raises Interest Cap & Provides More Payment Options

Michigan PP Tax Repeal May Not Be Legal

Pennsylvania - Eliminating Property Taxes for Schools

Virginia Law Enhances Taxpayer Rights


April 2013

Colorado 2013 Statewide Reappraisal

Denver May Adopt Pilot Program to Simplify Appeals

Illinois Appeal Backlog Escalates

Tennessee - Indirect Costs Should be Reported

Texas Multi-Family Markets Face Higher Assessments


March 2013

Assessments on the Rise for Atlanta Apartments

North Carolina Supreme Court Limits Reassessments

Philadelphia Appeal Season Underway

Tennessee 2013 Reappraisal Released

Texas Legislation Targets Property Tax Debt


February 2013

Cook County Tax Bills Detail Debt

Higher D/FW Office Values on the Horizon

MA - New PP Filing Requirements

Philadelphia Assessments Create Confusion

Reval in Gwinnett County

Texas Debates Eliminating Business Tax


January 2013

L.A. Assessor Campaign Contributions Banned

Idaho - PP Tax Déjà Vu

Iowa - Cutting Commercial Property Taxes

Maryland Commercial Values on the Rise

Michigan PP Tax Phase Out Up to Voters

Minnesota Legislature Seeks to Reduce Reliance on Property Taxes

December 2012

CA - New BOE Rule Puts Taxpayers at a Disadvantage

Illinois Property Tax Levies Soar

Mecklenburg Reval Study Complete

Nevada Officials Call for Property Tax Increases

Texas School Funding Saga Continues


November 2012

Best and Worst States for Property Taxes

Arizona - Property Tax Propositions

Denver Votes to "De-Bruce" Property Taxes

Florida Rejects Property Tax Amendments

New Concerns over D.C. Appeals

North Carolina Legal Battle Continues Over Tax Depreciation


October 2012

D/FW Office Market Bounces Back

Florida - More Inequity Over Property Taxes

Hotels Face Continued Over Assessment

New Website for Texas Taxpayers

Swapping Property Taxes for Sales Taxes - A Bad Idea


September 2012

Allegheny County - What's Good for the County May Not Be Good for You

Arizona - Both Sides of Prop 117

California Bill Proposes More Red Tape

Denver - "De-Brucing" Makes the November Ballot

New Orleans May Get Property Tax Windfall


August 2012

Assessors Cautious About Retail Recovery

Miami-Dade Values Rebound

North Carolina Prohibits Contingency Fee Audit Contracts

Ohio - Funding Schools Through a Tax Swap

Philadelphia Raises Property Taxes, Postpones AVI


July 2012

Arizona - Assessment Cap Proposition on November Ballot

Boston - Tax Levy Burden Grows & Shifts to Businesses

Floida - Limited Support for Amendment 4

Georgia Appeals Soar

Louisiana - More Companies May Become Tax Exempt


June 2012

Arizona - Flight to Quality in Phoenix

Iowa - No Tax Relief for Businesses

King County Offers Tax Amnesty

Texas Leads the Nation in CRE Development

Timely Tax Bills in Cook County


May 2012

California - The New Normal in Los Angeles County

Indiana - Appeal Backlog Mounts in Marion County

Louisiana - Delinquent Tax Penalties Struck Down in New Orleans

North Carolina Ratio Study Triggers Reval

Perplexities in Philadelphia


April 2012

Colorado Passes Personal Property Tax Relief

Florida Business Tax Break Goes Before Voters

Georgia Assessment Increase Moratorium Expires

Tennessee Upholds Tax Exemption for Intangible Costs

Texas Gross Margins Tax Challenged Again


March 2012

Frustration in Allegheny County

Fulton Chief Appraiser Takes New Position

Higher Values Projected for Houston

Iowa May Cut Business Property Taxes

North Carolina Appeals Hit 40-Year High


February 2012

Appeal Opportunities in Allegheny County

Arizona Legislative Goals

Austin Apartment Assessments Headed Up

California Raises Penalty for Failure to File COS

Indiana – 2012 Reassessment Underway


January 2012

Expect Higher Property Tax Rates

Florida Studies TPP Tax Breaks

Las Vegas Sends Out New Assessments

Tax Windfall Anticipated from Fracking

Texas Gross Margins Tax Upheld