Student Housing Projects – Creative Deal Structures Can Yield Tax Benefits

Student Housing Projects – Creative Deal Structures Can Yield Tax Benefits

  Managing expenses is one of the best ways to ensure the long-term profitability of investment properties, and prudent developers know the importance of carefully monitoring and challenging property tax assessments. But student housing, as a subsector populated largely by tax-exempt educational … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Indiana Tax Court Breathes New Life into Ministry’s Property Tax Exemption Appeal

Indiana Tax Court Breathes New Life into Ministry’s Property Tax Exemption Appeal

The Indiana Tax Court in Lake County Trust Co., Trust No. 6 v. St. Joseph County Assessor on October 17th reversed the dismissal of an exemption appeal by a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Flowers for Heaven, Inc., operating a pro-life ministry in South Bend for the 2013 assessment date.  The Ministry filed an exemption … [Read more...]

Indiana Tax Court deep freezes sales tax exemptions for Warehouse Operator’s purchases of equipment and electricity

Indiana Tax Court deep freezes sales tax exemptions for Warehouse Operator’s purchases of equipment and electricity

In Merchandise Warehouse Co., Inc. v. Indiana Department of State Revenue (Jan. 11, 2017), the Indiana Tax Court rejected a Taxpayer’s request for a sales tax exemption for certain freezer equipment and the electricity used to power the equipment.  Taxpayer operated a food storage warehouse.  Food manufacturers … [Read more...]

No Joke: Indiana Real and Personal Property Tax Exemption Applications Due April 1

No Joke: Indiana Real and Personal Property Tax Exemption Applications Due April 1

This is no April Fools’ Day joke. Indiana property tax exemption applications for 2016 are due on or by April 1 — six weeks earlier than in previous years. If an exemption application is not properly and timely filed, the owner risks waiving the exemption, resulting in a property tax liability due and payable the … [Read more...]