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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.

Austin Loses Appraisal Challenge

By Kevin Kirkpatrick, San Antonio

 

The Third Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling against the City of Austin and its unprecedented lawsuit claiming that commercial properties are being under-assessed. Justices said Austin was inappropriately trying to use the courts to challenge the state's property tax appraisal system.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Durham County Moves to More Frequent Reappraisals

By Kevin Baker, Atlanta

 

Starting in 2019, property will be reappraised every three years rather than every eight years in Durham County, North Carolina. Officials hope the move will reduce sticker shock for taxpayers and lead to fewer appeals. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Houston Defeats Proposal to Share School Property Taxes

By Kenneth Greaber, Houston

 

Voters in the Houston Independent School District rejected Proposition 1, which would have made the district share its property tax wealth with another district. Now the Education Commission will have to take enough commercial properties off the tax rolls to bring the district into compliance. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Tarrant County Problems Persist

By Ken Parsons, Senior Vice President, Dallas

 

With just weeks left in 2016, hundreds of Tarrant County (Fort Worth, TX) property owners have not received a tax bill. Even though the bills are not technically due until January 31, many taxpayers like to pay earlier to take the federal income tax deduction. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Texas Property Tax Reform Bill Filed

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas

 

The Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017 (SB 2) has been filed in advance of the 2017 Legislative Session. The proposal makes it easier for property owners to challenge higher tax rates through rollback elections. It also creates a Property Tax Administration Advisory Board to provide state oversight for appraisal districts and local tax offices. Get the full story.

Denver Apartment Face Double-Digit Tax Hikes

By Alex Martinez, Denver

 

Property tax increases of 25% or more are projected for many Denver Metro multifamily properties as part of next year's reappraisal. The increases are a direct result of the booming real estate market.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Louisiana - Parish-Wide Reductions Approved

By Tony Klein, Houston

 

Assessors in two parishes have announced across-the-board assessment reductions for properties damaged in the August floods. Appeals will still be necessary for many owners and there will be a short window of opportunity to pursue an appeal. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

New Mexico Named Best State for Business Property Taxes

By Vicki Robbins

 

In its annual study, the Tax Foundation has found that the property tax system is most fair to businesses in New Mexico. The state named worst for property taxes is New Jersey. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

South Carolina 2006 Property Tax Relief Law Under Review

By Kevin Baker, Atlanta

 

A law passed a decade ago is being reviewed by lawmakers. Critics charge the law has created serious inequities between commercial and residential property owners. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Taxes and Fees are Going Up to Fight Homelessness in Denver

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

The City of Denver is implementing its first-ever dedicated local funding source for homelessness and affordable housing beginning January 1. The property tax mill rate will increase and developers’ fees will go up to fund the new programs. Get the full story.

Colorado Votes on Tax Exemption

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

If Amendment U on the November ballot is approved, the vast majority of possessory interests in Colorado will become tax exempt. Supporters say the tax costs more to collect than it actually brings in to local governments. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Dark Store Assessment Comes to Texas

By Ken Parsons, Senior Vice President, Dallas

 

Following recent moves in other states to legislate the assessment of big box retail stores, court cases have now been filed in Texas. Appeals by a major national retailer in Harris County (Houston) and Bexar County (San Antonio) are being closely watched by appraisal officials throughout Texas. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Louisiana - New Restrictions on Industrial Property Tax Estimates

By Tony Klein, Houston

 

Most states have an industrial tax exemption, but Louisiana is the only state that has handled the grants without the approval of local governments. That is changing with an executive order signed by Governor John Bel Edwards. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Philadelphia Transfer Taxes Going Up

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

The Philadelphia City Council voted to raise real estate transfer taxes beginning January 1, 2017. Analysts say the move may be counterproductive since there are many ways for companies to legally avoid paying the tax. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Southeast Wisconsin Values Rebound

By John O'Neil, Chicago

 

Commercial property continues to drive the growth of real estate values and property taxes in Southeast Wisconsin. The region's total commercial property value now exceeds its pre-recession value and continued growth is forecast. Get the full story.

Dallas County Values Increase More than 10%

By Bob Phillips, Dallas

 

Property values took a big jump this year in the Dallas area. Increases of 20-30+% are reported in some suburbs. Jurisdictions will set their tax rates this month before tax bills are issued. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Licensed Representation Required for Florida Appeals

By William C. Coleman III, Orlando

 

A new Florida law that went into effect July 1 requires tax consultants to be licensed in order to represent property owners. All POER consultants in Florida have a Broker's License, making them fully compliant.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Philadelphia Schools Go After Undervalued Properties

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

The Philadelphia School District plans to file appeals against high-dollar commercial properties in hopes of bringing in added tax revenue. Under a three-year pilot program, the district will work to identify properties assessed at least $1 million under their actual value for appeals. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Seattle Seeks Higher Taxes for Mass Transit

By Scott Donald, Irvine

 

Property taxes, sales taxes, and car tab taxes will be going up if voters approve the Sound Transit 3 Plan in November. Property taxes will increase 25 cents for each $1,000 of assessed valuation under the plan.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Tarrant County Must Issue $12 Million in Tax Refunds

By Ken Parsons, Senior Vice President, Dallas

 

Tarrant County (Fort Worth) owes property owners $12 million in refunds, which must be paid by October 19. Officials are hoping to collect the needed funds from tax bills that will be mailed October 1. If that doesn't happen, payments to cities, schools, and the county could be delayed. Get the full story.

Denver Proposes Higher Taxes & Fees for Affordable Housing

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

Property owners will pay higher taxes and developers will be charged new impact fees if city officials decide to proceed with a $150 million affordable housing plan. The mayor and city council can approve the property tax hike without a public vote. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

DFW Retail Vacancy Hits 30 Year Low

By Scott Buie, Dallas

 

The booming retail market in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is translating into skyrocketing property tax values for many stores. The most effective method for minimizing tax increases is a fair and equitable comparison of the assessed values of competitive properties. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Highest and Lowest U.S. Property Tax Rates

By Vicki Robbins

 

A report looks at the highest and lowest property tax rates in the nation and explains some of the reasons behind the statistics. Detroit, Michigan holds the dubious distinction of having the highest tax rate in the U.S. Cheyenne, Wyoming has the lowest. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Michigan Big Box Retail Bill Advances

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago

 

Before the Michigan Legislature's summer recess, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill to curtail "dark stores" tax appeals for big box retail. The measure goes before the Senate when lawmakers return to work in September. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Property Tax Hikes Predicted for Pennsylvania Schools

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

According to a new survey, 85% of Pennsylvania's school districts plan to raise tax rates this year. About 30% plan to tax above the Act 1 Index, which requires approval from the state, or a public vote.
Get the full story.

Apartment Building Boom in Dallas/Fort Worth

By Bob Phillips, Dallas

 

More than 50,000 new apartments are under construction in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Analysts believe the hot market will continue for the near future, driving up overall values and leaving many older complexes over assessed. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Cook County Tax Bills Headed Up

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago

 

Total property taxes billed by all jurisdictions in Cook County, Illinois exceeds a record $13 billion. In the City of Chicago, taxes exceed $1 billion for the first time. Officials are considering a rebate for homeowners that would likely shift more of the tax burden to businesses. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

California - Property Tax Hikes Proposed to Help the Homeless

By Scott Donald, Irvine

 

To try and reduce homelessness, voters are being asked to approve bond packages for the City of Los Angeles and Santa Clara County. The measures require the support of at least two-thirds of all voters to pass. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Texas Supreme Court Upholds School Funding Plan

By Ken Parsons, Senior Vice President, Dallas

 

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that the state's "Robin Hood" school finance plan is constitutional. Nevertheless, legislative committees are studying ways to improve the system. Public education funding will be a hot topic for the 2017 Legislative Session. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Wisconsin Businesses Push for PP Tax Repeal

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

 

A coalition of Wisconsin business groups is spearheading a campaign to repeal business personal property taxes. The group charges the tax has become arbitrary and unfair. However, officials do not have a plan to replace the lost revenue if the tax is abolished. Get the full story.

Florida Beach Tax Ruling Reversed

By William C. Coleman III, Orlando

 

The taxability of governmental leaseholds on Santa Rosa Island has been in dispute for nearly half a century. The latest ruling prohibiting Escambia County from collecting property tax may be appealed to the Florida Supreme Court. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Kansas Moves Up Spending Cap

By Brian Cox, Dallas

 

A spending cap on Kansas cities and counties will go into effect next year, rather than in 2018. Local governments will have to limit their spending increases to a modified consumer price index. In order to spend more than the cap, jurisdictions have to schedule a public election and get voter approval.

Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

More Challenges to Dark Store Assessment

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago

 

Wisconsin may be the latest state to prohibit the assessment of big box retail stores based on sales of vacant, "dark store" comparables. The effort is being led by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Philadelphia Revaluation Comes Up Short

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

Land values were under assessed for the majority of Philadelphia's residential properties in the recent citywide revaluation. It's not clear whether this will be an issue with the upcoming revaluation of commercial properties. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Potential Tax Hikes Tied to Alternate Revenue Bonds

By Bob Tivnan, CMI, Chicago

 

The Chicago Public School District has a good track record for repaying alternate revenue bonds. However, current fiscal challenges are creating concerns about the future. If the bonds are not repaid in a timely fashion, higher property taxes kick in. Get the full story.

Austin Commercial Values Jump 20%-30%

By Kevin Kirkpatrick, San Antonio

 

Travis County commercial property owners are facing huge assessment increases for 2016. The higher values come on the heels of a lawsuit filed by the City of Austin. The suit, that is now on appeal, charged that the Travis County Appraisal District (TCAD) substantially undervalued business properties.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Florida Tweaks Taxpayer Bill of Rights

By William C. Coleman III, Orlando

 

Legislative changes to Florida's Taxpayer Bill of Rights are not necessarily in taxpayers' best interests. Analysts say some of the measures will make appeals even more difficult. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Higher Recordation Tax Proposed in Montgomery County

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

The Montgomery County Council is considering charging higher recordation fees for properties that sell or refinance. Public hearings are scheduled in May and if approved, the new fees would go into effect July 1, 2016. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Indiana Approves Consolidating Appeal Boards

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago

 

In an effort to give taxpayers the most knowledgeable boards to hear appeals, new legislation allows Indiana to form multiple county Property Tax Assessment Boards of Appeal (PTABOA). Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Mecklenburg County - Another Reval Review

By Kevin Baker, Atlanta

 

According to a statistical study, property values issued with Mecklenburg County's 2011 revaluation did not differ much from those of a third-party appraisal firm that reviewed the revaluation. The county paid $7 million for the independent review. Get the full story.

Florida Tax Cut Winners and Losers

By William C. Coleman III, Orlando

 

Florida lawmakers voted on Governor Rick Scott’s proposals aimed at cutting $1 billion dollars in business taxes in their 2016 session. The manufacturing equipment tax and the commercial lease tax were perhaps the big winner and loser. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

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

By Kenneth Graeber, Houston

 

Higher valuations are hitting many Houston area office properties at a time when a record amount of sublease space is sitting vacant. It will be crucial for owners to seek relief through appeals this year. The appeal deadline is May 31st. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Indiana Passes New Law on Big Box Retail Assessment

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago

 

On the heels of legislation passed last year, a more stringent law has been approved regarding the assessment of big box retail in Indiana. These stores will now be evaluated based their specific market class. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Pennsylvania - Split Tax Roll Proposed

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

A bill to split the tax roll and allow commercial property to be taxed higher than residential is expected to be introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature this session. Since it requires an amendment to the state constitution, it would have to pass the Legislature in two consecutive sessions and then be approved by voters. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Wisconsin Supreme Court to Rule on Low-Income Housing Assessment

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago

 

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will make a landmark ruling in the coming months on the correct methodology for assessing low-income housing. Other states have seen differing opinions about whether the value of federal tax credits should be a factor in determining property tax value for Section
42 housing. Get the full story.

Arizona Bill Seeks to Boost BPP Tax Exemption

By Rick Edwards, Phoenix

 

Arizona's businesses personal property tax exemption would rise to $2.4 million under a new legislative proposal. If it clears the House and Senate, the plan will go before voters in November. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Indiana - More Legislation for Assessing Big Box Stores

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago

 

A law was passed last year to regulate the dark stores methodology often used to value some special use properties in Indiana. Now legislators are looking to impose further assessment regulations that would classify improvements on these properties. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Iowa Appeal Deadlines Moved Up

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago

 

A new law moves up Iowa's assessment appeal deadline from May 5 to April 30. The law also changes dates and processes relating to appeals in odd years when there is no reassessment. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Minnesota Business Tax Relief

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago

 

Minnesota currently has the largest reserves in state history. Lawmakers will consider whether to allocate part of the budget surplus to lower taxes on businesses. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Nevada Tax Caps Challenged

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

Calls for lowering the state's property tax rate cap were made at a recent NAIOP sponsored panel discussion. Officials say the caps have had a disastrous impact on local government funding.
Get the full story.

California Initiative Raises Taxes on High-Dollar Properties

By Scott Donald, Irvine

 

Charity groups are gathering signatures to put a property tax proposal on the November ballot. The initiative proposes a tax surcharge on most properties assessed at above $3 million starting next year.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Cutting Illinois Property Taxes

By Bob Tivnan, CMI, Chicago

 

A task force is recommending solutions to the problem of increasing property taxes in Illinois. Its report suggests ways to consolidate tax jurisdictions and reduce unfunded tax mandates. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Kansas Property Tax Limits

By Brian Cox, Dallas

 

A new property tax limitation law goes into effect in 2018 in Kansas. A move is underway to have the law implemented earlier. Meanwhile, other groups are working to have the restrictions repealed before they ever take effect. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Michigan Personal Property Tax Exemptions Kick In

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

 

New tax exemptions are being offered for qualified new and existing business personal property in Michigan. It's a continuation of the phase-out plan that will eventually eliminate the tax. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Virginia Bills Benefit Taxpayers

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

Proposed legislation in Virginia grants property owners the option of a jury trial for circuit court tax appeals. It also helps protect taxpayers' confidential financial information. Get the full story.

Maryland - Double-digit Assessment Hikes Reported

By Marc Bragin, Washington D.C.

 

Assessed values are up an average of more than 16% for commercial properties revalued in Maryland for 2015. Many properties saw even higher hikes. Appeals challenging the assessment must be filed within 45 days from the date on the notice. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Oregon Changes Tax Filing Deadline

By Kevin Kamfar, Irvine

 

A new Oregon law pushes back the filing deadline for business personal property and industrial property returns. It also eliminates any chance to file an extension and puts penalties in place for filing late.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Pollution Stigma Impacts Value

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled environmental contamination must be considered in property tax assessment. Justices say the stigma relating to the pollution exists even when remediation is underway. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Question All Fees and Taxes

By Brian Roland, Orlando

 

When Hillsborough County, Florida increased stormwater fees for the 2015 tax year, many property owners assumed their tax bill was correct, even though it wasn't. POER was able to save clients tens of thousands of dollars by performing due diligence and challenging the fees. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Timing is Everything for Protesting Taxes

By Scott Donald, Irvine

 

By law, California property owners have only 60 days to challenge new tax levies. A development company lost an appeal against a tax that was ruled unconstitutional simply because it waited too long to act.
Get the full story.

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

December 2011

Arizona Appeals Still an Option
Informal Appeals Upheld in Pittsburgh
Mixed Signals for the Hospitality Industry
More Concerns Over Abolishing North Dakota Property Taxes
Texas Property Tax Issues in Disaster Areas

 

November 2011

California Rejects New Retail Restrictions
Denver - Tax Hikes on the Horizon
Florida Assessment Cap Change Proposed
Lawsuits Challenge Texas Property Taxes
Mecklenburg Mired in Appeals

 

October 2011

Arizona – Good News for Commercial Property Owners
Delays for D.C. Appeals Commission
Michigan May Eliminate PP Tax
SOC Reports Replace SAS 70 Reports 
Pittsburgh Reval Must Be Completed First

 

September 2011

Why Should We Like Property Taxes?
Colorado – New Hurdles for Taxpayers Who Appeal
Maricopa County Raises Property Tax Rate
South Carolina – Good News on ATI
Washington Approves Appeal Protections

 

August 2011

Appeals Should Be Easier in Virginia
Arizona - Initiative Filed to Limit Property Taxes
Illinois PTAB Gets More State Funding
Pennsylvania Revals Proceed Amid Twists and Turns
Sacramento Values Fall $4 Billion

 

July 2011

Florida – New Tax Law Requires Payment Before Appeals
Fulton County – Amended Notices Push Back Appeal Deadline
Good News & Bad News from the Texas Legislature
Iowa Lawmakers Can’t Agree on Property Tax Reform
New Orleans - Concerns Over Tax Fairness

 

June 2011

Alexandria, VA - No New Commercial Tax
Chicago - Mixed Signals for Multifamily Market
Colorado Municipalities Face Declining Tax Revenues
North Dakota Votes on Abolishing Property Taxes
St. Louis County Issues Commercial Assessment Notices

 

May 2011

Cook County Rejects Most Property Tax Hikes
Georgia – Property Tax Legislation Defeated
Minimizing Property Taxes as Hotels Recover
Minnesota Senate Approves Business Property Tax Cut
South Carolina Considers ATI Reform

 

April 2011

Cook County – Protesting Tax Rates
Fulton County Issues 2011 Value Notices
Maricopa County – Lower Values Won’t Lower Tax Bills
Mecklenburg Commercial & Condo Appeal Deadline Draws Near
Texas Legislature Tackles Property Tax Reform

 

March 2011

Iowa – Tax Relief for Commercial Properties
Las Vegas – Real Estate Downturn Leads to Record Appeals
Pennsylvania – Assessment Lawsuits Abound
States Consider Cutting BPP Taxes
Virginia – Higher Taxes in Arlington and Alexandria

 

February 2011

California – Property Tax Collections Set to Increase
Colorado – Values Projected to Recover Next Year
D.C. Taxpayers Face Disadvantage
Georgia Considers Property Tax Limitations
North Carolina – Mecklenburg Seeks to Expand Appeals Board

 

January 2011

Illinois – Changing of the Guard in Cook County
Massachusetts Appeal Season Underway
New Orleans – Rates, Report & Reval in the News
Ohio – Corruption in Cuyahoga County
Texas – Fixing School Finance

December 2010

California – Assessment Notices via the Internet

Governments Rely on Property Taxes

Nevada – Las Vegas Values Decline

North Carolina – Mecklenburg County Prepares for Reval

Texas – What to Watch with Upcoming Reappraisals

 

November 2010

Colorado – Tax & Debt Proposals Fail

Georgia – State Business Inventory Tax Exemption Approved

Indiana – Tax Cap Amendment Passes

Missouri – Most Assessors Must Be Elected & Transfer Taxes are Banned

Washington – No to Initiative 1098

 

October 2010

California - Santa Clara Assessment Roll Goes Negative

Illinois - Cook County Tax Bills Late

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Philly's BTR

Property Tax Revenues Increase Even Though Values Decline

Texas Schools Shy Away from Tax Rate Elections

 

September 2010

Advantages and Disadvantages of Property Taxes

Florida – Amendment 3 Removed From Ballot

Michigan Targets Misclassified Industrial Properties

Washington – Problems in Pierce County

West Virginia Studies Eliminating Business Personal Property Taxes

 

August 2010

California – Don't Overlook Appeals

D-FW Office Sales Rise – Will Assessments Follow?

Florida – Getting a Fair Tax Valuation in a Depressed Market

Minnesota – As the Economy Goes Down, Appeals Go Up

Oklahoma Studies Taxing Intangibles

 

July 2010

Assessment and Revenue Caps in the Spotlight

Florida - Gulf Oil Spill Impacts Property Values

North Carolina Depreciation Schedule Overturned

Tennessee Flood Victims Get Property Tax Break

Texas Gross Margin Tax Collections Fall Short

 

June 2010

Arizona - Prop 100 Helps Hold the Line on Property Taxes

CA Bill Clarifies Change of Ownership for Reassessment

FL Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Property Tax Case

Florida – Taxpayer Confidentiality Addressed

GA Passes Property Tax Bill - Studies Additional Reform


May 2010

Chicago - Vacancies Impact Valuation

Colorado Proposal Lifts TABOR Tax Limits for Schools

Detroit - No Tax Refund from Public Schools

San Francisco Assessor Investigates Bank Mergers

Texas - Property Tax Relief Backfires

Wisconsin Update

 

April 2010

Arizona - Pima County Appeal Deadline is April 5th

Houston - Tough Times for Multifamily Market

Indiana - Legislation Requires Timely Tax Bills

Washington - No Recourse for Rising Tax Rates

West Virginia - Valuing Industrial Personal Property

 

March 2010

Contesting Retail Property Taxes

Florida - Critics Claim Amendments Stifle Development

Hawaii Releases 2010 Assessments

Tennessee Taxpayers Association Opposes Bills

Texas - No Hotel PP Renditions in Bexar County

 

February 2010

California – Deflation Spurs Tax Reductions

Colorado – Unintended Consequences of the Gallagher Amendment

Houston Hotels Face Tough Times

Tennessee – New Owners Can File Amended PP Returns

Wisconsin DOR Proposes Assessment Change

 

January 2010

DC Retail Recovery Underway

Florida - Fed Remains Pessimistic

Georgia Legislature Tackles Tax Reform

Metro Detroit – Doom and Gloom Forecast

San Francisco Taxed By Appeals

December 2009

California – Split Roll Déjà Vu

Cook County, IL – Implementation of New Ordinance Causes Tax Shift

Ohio – Appeals Mount at BTA

Texas – New Appeal Option Tested

West Virginia – High-Tech Tax Breaks

 

November 2009

South Florida Appeals Reach Record High

Hawaii – Tax Savings for Hotel Properties

Indiana - Tax Caps Shift Burden to Businesses

Nevada Notices Are Coming

North Carolina – Wake County Audits Personal Property

 

October 2009

Minimizing Values in a Down Market

Arizona Tax + Interest Due After Nov. 2

California – New Penalties Approved

San Antonio Hotel Downturn Worsens

Seattle Office Values Fall

 

September 2009

Boston Businesses Face Higher Property Taxes

DC Appeals Plan Fails

Georgia – Gwinnett County Outsources Commercial Appraisals

Pennsylvania – Allegheny County Reassessment Moves Forward

Texas - Values Down in Dallas

 

August 2009

Arizona – Mistakes in Maricopa Tax Records

California – New Split-Roll Debate

Michigan – Big Tax Breaks Proposed

New Jersey Tax Court Appeals Skyrocket

Washington – Tax Initiative on Ballot

 

July 2009

California Hotel Values Plummet

Georgia Freezes Assessed Values

South Carolina – No Assessable Transfer of Interest Reform

Texas Passes New Property Tax Laws

Washington – Pierce County Plays Catch Up

 

June 2009

Florida – Taxpayers' Burden of Proof Lowered in Appeals

Florida – Voters Will Decide Reduced Assessment Cap

Pennsylvania – Reassessment in Allegheny County

Proactive Tax Strategies for Industrial Properties

Seattle - Landlords Lose Leverage

Washington Moves to Annual Revaluations

 

May 2009

California – New Procedures for Tax Refunds

Delinquent Loans & Foreclosures Create Property Tax Concerns

Indiana – Marion County Tax Bills Late

Missouri – Higher Business Property Taxes in St. Louis

Texas – Dallas Commercial Values Soar Despite Fewer Sales

 

April 2009

Colorado - 2009 Revaluation Reflects Better Times

Colorado Mill Levy Freeze Upheld

Illinois - Industrial Vacancies Soar in Cook County

Michigan Appeals Create Backlog

North Carolina – Tax Savings for LIHTC (Section 42) Properties

Texas - San Antonio Office Market in Flux

 

March 2009

Colorado Could Eliminate Business Personal Property Taxes

Hotels Ride Out the Economic Downturn by Cutting Costs

Missouri - Big Changes Coming for 2009 Reassessment

Ohio - Good News for Subsidized Housing

Oregon - File Before April 1 for Exemptions

 

February 2009

California Software Ruling Benefits Taxpayers

Georgia Property Tax Reform

Maryland - Split Roll Tax Proposed in Montgomery County

Montana Legislature Deals with Reappraisal

North Carolina Values Rise with Revaluations

 

January 2009

Boston Office Values - No Place To Go But Down

Georgia 2009 Property Tax Issues

Nevada Appeal Deadline Looms

Texas Business Tax Comes Up Short

Washington - Plan Now for 2009 Appeals