2018 Indiana Property Tax Exemption Applications Due Soon; Preserving Historical Buildings An Exempt Charitable Purpose

2018 Indiana Property Tax Exemption Applications Due Soon; Preserving Historical Buildings An Exempt Charitable Purpose

The Indiana property tax filing season is upon us, with Form 136 exemption applications for the January 1, 2018 assessment date due by April 1st for taxpayers wishing to claim exemptions for real and personal property.  Whether an application is due is a fact specific inquiry, depending in part on the property, …

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Indiana Tax Court Affirms 81% Charitable Purposes Exemption for Mental Health Facility

Indiana Tax Court Affirms 81% Charitable Purposes Exemption for Mental Health Facility

On December 8th, the Indiana Tax Court in Starke County Assessor v. Porter-Starke Services, Inc. upheld a charitable purposes exemption applied to a medical building as of the March 1, 2015 assessment date.  Taxpayer operated a community mental health center (CMHC), which was certified by the Indiana Family and …

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Prescription for success:  Indiana Tax Court again affirms property tax reduction for retail property used as CVS

Prescription for success: Indiana Tax Court again affirms property tax reduction for retail property used as CVS

On May 25, 2017, the Indiana Tax Court affirmed the assessment reduction for a 10,800 square foot retail store used as a CVS in Monroe County.  In Monroe County Assessor v. SCP 2002 E19 LLC 6697 a/k/a CVS 6697-02, the Tax Court considered an appeal by the Assessor for the 2007 to 2013 tax years.  The Indiana …

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Property Tax:  Add Value Through Correct Valuation of Student Housing

Property Tax: Add Value Through Correct Valuation of Student Housing

Even in a booming market, managing expenses is the best way to ensure the long-term profitability of investment properties. For most student housing, the largest expense after debt service is property tax. Assessors in college towns are happy to shift the tax burden onto out-of-town students and investors in …

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Indiana Tax Court reverses classification of an apartment complex’s common area, modifying application of the 2% v. 3% tax caps

Indiana Tax Court reverses classification of an apartment complex’s common area, modifying application of the 2% v. 3% tax caps

The Tax Court in Hamilton Square Investment, LLC v Hamilton County Assessor (Oct. 5, 2016) explained, “Indiana’s property tax caps provide taxpayers with credits against their Indiana property tax liabilities” and the “amount of a credit depends on, among other things, a property’s classification (e.g., …

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Indiana Tax Court declines to dismiss property tax appeal where Trust failed to timely file administrative record

Indiana Tax Court declines to dismiss property tax appeal where Trust failed to timely file administrative record

On December 30, 2016, in Lake County Trust Co., Trust No. 6 (Flowers for Heaven, Inc.) v. St. Joseph County Assessor, the Indiana Tax Court allowed a property tax appeal to move forward on the merits, even though the Trust failed to timely file a copy of the certified administrative record with the Court.  Tax …

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