Assessors Should Weigh Myriad of Factors When Determining Fair Market Value of Green Buildings

Assessors Should Weigh Myriad of Factors When Determining Fair Market Value of Green Buildings

  A growing number of commercial properties incorporate efficient attributes that exceed basic code requirements. While conserving resources, these sustainable building strategies can also enhance the owner’s bottom line by reducing operating costs. As investors consider developing or buying green … [Read more...]

Ind. Court Clarifies that Burden of Proof in Unemployment Tax Successorship Cases is on Government

Unemployment insurance in Indiana, like virtually all states, is financed by a tax on employers.  The employer contributions are charged proportionally against an employer’s experience account: the greater the number of unemployment claims, the more that employer must contribute to the unemployment fund.  Each … [Read more...]

Delaware Court unlocks opportunities to reduce property tax burden

Delaware Court unlocks opportunities to reduce property tax burden

Reducing property tax assessments can be challenging under the best of circumstances, and distinctions between state tax systems make minimizing that burden across a commercial or industrial portfolio especially daunting.  Delaware's property tax regime is amongst the most difficult systems in the United States, … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Illinois court finds mortgage assignments not subject to Chicago Transfer Tax

Illinois court finds mortgage assignments not subject to Chicago Transfer Tax

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently concluded that the City of Chicago’s real property transfer tax did not extend to assignments of mortgages because, contrary to the City’s arguments, mortgage assignments are not beneficial or controlling interests in property.  The Court’s decision in City … [Read more...]

Supreme Court derails 4-R Act challenge to Alabama sales tax on diesel

Supreme Court derails 4-R Act challenge to Alabama sales tax on diesel

On March 4, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc., No. 13-553, holding that a rail carrier can prove discrimination under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulation Reform Act (4-R Act), 49 U.S.C. § 11501(b)(4), which forbids states from imposing … [Read more...]