Twelve Days of Property Tax Protections for Indiana Taxpayers – Day No. 4:  Appraisals Not Required by Law to Win a Case

Twelve Days of Property Tax Protections for Indiana Taxpayers – Day No. 4: Appraisals Not Required by Law to Win a Case

Appraisals can be costly to prepare, in terms of dollars spent and time invested.  Taxpayers would be at a disadvantage if they were compelled in every case to pay for appraisals to support claims of excessive assessments. While appraisals are often the best evidence of value, they are not the only persuasive … [Read more...]

Twelve Days of Property Tax Protections for Indiana Taxpayers – Day No. 3:  Assessors have the Burden to Prove that Changes to “Underlying Parcel Characteristics” are Justified

Twelve Days of Property Tax Protections for Indiana Taxpayers – Day No. 3: Assessors have the Burden to Prove that Changes to “Underlying Parcel Characteristics” are Justified

In conducting mass valuations, Indiana assessing officials generally apply the cost approach.  The 2021 Real Property Assessment Manual states, “The Guidelines adopted by the Department of Local Government Finance provide procedures and schedules that are acceptable in determining true tax value under the cost … [Read more...]

Twelve Days of Property Tax Protections for Indiana Taxpayers – Day No. 2:  The Burden Shifting Rule for Changed Land Classification

Twelve Days of Property Tax Protections for Indiana Taxpayers – Day No. 2: The Burden Shifting Rule for Changed Land Classification

The Indiana General Assembly has gifted Hoosier landowners another property tax protection by assigning the burden of proof on appeal to the assessor responsible for changing a property’s land classification.  The notice of change must do two things: it must “specify” (i) the change of classification and (ii) the … [Read more...]

April Brings a Shower of Increased Property Tax Assessments for Iowa Businesses

April Brings a Shower of Increased Property Tax Assessments for Iowa Businesses

Despite the crush of the COVID-19 pandemic, April 2021 brings a shower of increased property tax assessments for Iowa businesses. Now is the time to analyze and consider challenging excessive values. For the full post, go here. … [Read more...]

Will COVID-19 Impact Your Eligibility for an Indiana Property Tax Exemption?

Will COVID-19 Impact Your Eligibility for an Indiana Property Tax Exemption?

Indiana property tax exemption applications must be filed on or before April 1, 2021. To grant an exemption, a county’s property tax assessment board of appeals will look at both the physical status and use of a property as of January 1, 2021 — and will consider its use during the prior calendar year. Many Indiana … [Read more...]

Quick Property Tax Cuts:  Indiana Board of Tax Review Final Determinations (June – August 2020) – market data necessary; purchase price probative; vague testimony not probative

Quick Property Tax Cuts:  Indiana Board of Tax Review Final Determinations (June – August 2020) – market data necessary; purchase price probative; vague testimony not probative

Reports should “set out the main points in a series of short, crisp paragraphs. . . .  Let us not shrink from using the short expressive phrase, even if it's conversational.”  Winston Churchill (as quoted in The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, pages 154-55). Case: Mutchner, LLC v. Vigo County … [Read more...]