Indiana Tax Court Affirms Reclassification of Wooded Land from Excess Residential to Agricultural

Indiana Tax Court Affirms Reclassification of Wooded Land from Excess Residential to Agricultural

On January 29, 2016, the Indiana Tax Court in DeKalb County Assessor v. Chavez upheld the decision by the Indiana Board of Tax Review to reclassify 2.72 acres of land from excess residential to agricultural for the March 1, 2013, assessment date.  Owners acquired 5.18 acres in the 1980s.  As of the 2013 …

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Indiana Tax Court rejects Assessor’s income analysis and allocated purchase price information in affirming assessment reductions for Shopping Center

Indiana Tax Court rejects Assessor’s income analysis and allocated purchase price information in affirming assessment reductions for Shopping Center

In a pair of decisions issued on September 30 and December 3, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court upheld the 2006 to 2010 assessment reductions for an Indianapolis shopping center.  In Marion County Assessor v. Gateway Arthur, Inc., Taxpayer owned six parcels consisting of three buildings with 270,000 square feet of …

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Indiana Tax Court Reverses Property Tax Ruling Based on Assessor’s “Trial by Ambush”

Indiana Tax Court Reverses Property Tax Ruling Based on Assessor’s “Trial by Ambush”

Even in a small claims proceeding, the Indiana Board of Tax Review must “uphold the fundamental tenet of our judicial system that neither party be subjected to a trial by ambush.”  In RJK Trust v. LaPorte County Assessor (Sept. 18, 2015), Taxpayer appealed the $630,500 assessment of a single family residence …

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Proceed with Caution – Indiana Property Tax Appeals:  Receipt of tax bill triggered right to appeal; Relevancy objection overruled; Board decisions not evidence; Undated photograph of property allowed; Incomplete appraisal admitted but lacked probative value

Proceed with Caution – Indiana Property Tax Appeals: Receipt of tax bill triggered right to appeal; Relevancy objection overruled; Board decisions not evidence; Undated photograph of property allowed; Incomplete appraisal admitted but lacked probative value

In Alvarado v. Lake County Assessor (Aug. 5, 2015), the Indiana Board of Tax Review considered a number of procedural and evidentiary issues in ruling on the 2012 assessment appeal for a residential property. Taxpayer could appeal from tax bill, when assessor failed to prove that assessment notices were …

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Indiana Tax Court Upholds Residential Land Value

Indiana Tax Court Upholds Residential Land Value

On September 9, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court upheld the Indiana Board of Tax Review’s decision affirming an assessor’s residential land valuation.  In Cooper v. Allen County Assessor, Homeowners argued that the March 1, 2012, assessment of their 7.78 acres of land should be reduced from $172,500 (nearly …

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Indiana Tax Court Nullifies Retroactive Property Tax Assessments for Lack of Proper Notice

Indiana Tax Court Nullifies Retroactive Property Tax Assessments for Lack of Proper Notice

On May 12, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court ruled on the property tax appeals for two residential parcels owned by Property Development Company Four, LLC (the “Company”), which in 2003 bought two parcels in Grant County upon which two homes (the “Eastway Drive” and “Aspen Court” properties) were built.  …

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