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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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 …

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Understanding Property Tax Delinquency in Indiana Law

Understanding Property Tax Delinquency in Indiana Law

What happens if an Indiana property owner fails to pay property tax? If this is a persistent failure, the property owner will be subject to sanctions under Indiana Code §§ 6-1.1-24 and 25 et seq. The ultimate sanction — the “death penalty” — includes sale of the property at a tax sale, where title will …

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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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Evaluating Tax Reform Proposals and Their Potential Impact on the Energy Sector

Evaluating Tax Reform Proposals and Their Potential Impact on the Energy Sector

My colleagues issued this update earlier this week: It has been over thirty years since the last major overhaul of the U.S. tax code, President Reagan's Tax Reform Act of 1986. That process took over two years and required cooperation between the President and both parties in Congress. Since then, there have been …

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