Proceed with Caution:  Depending on the Facts of the Property and the Assessment, Taxpayer or Assessor May have the Burden of Proof for Indiana Property Tax Appeals

Proceed with Caution: Depending on the Facts of the Property and the Assessment, Taxpayer or Assessor May have the Burden of Proof for Indiana Property Tax Appeals

Last week I spoke at a seminar regarding recent developments involving Indiana property tax appeal procedures.  Following are summaries of various rulings of the Indiana Board of Tax Review ("IBTR") involving the burden of proof in property tax appeals.  The following addresses two statutes -- Ind. Code §§ … [Read more...]

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...]

Summary of 2019 Property Tax Legislation Passed by the Indiana General Assembly

Summary of 2019 Property Tax Legislation Passed by the Indiana General Assembly

The Indiana General Assembly concluded its 2019 legislative session last week, and several bills that passed address Indiana property tax issues, both procedural and substantive.  Below is a high level summary of several noteworthy bills.  Each bill has passed both legislative chambers, but most have not yet been … [Read more...]

How Office Owners Can Help Lower Sky-High Property Tax Assessments

How Office Owners Can Help Lower Sky-High Property Tax Assessments

Managing fixed expenses is the best way to ensure the long-term profitability of investment properties, especially in a flat market. The largest continuing expense for most commercial properties is the property tax bill, and in a market with skyline-defining properties and headline-grabbing sales prices, tax … [Read more...]

Indiana Tax Court affirms removal of Obsolescence Adjustment to Residential Property, as Homeowners fail to show comparable subdivision sales were similar.

Indiana Tax Court affirms removal of Obsolescence Adjustment to Residential Property, as Homeowners fail to show comparable subdivision sales were similar.

Case Name: Marinov and Marinova v. Tippecanoe County Assessor Date Issued: February 20, 2019 Property Type: Single-family residence Assessment Year(s): 2014 Point of Interest: Assessor removed an obsolescence adjustment, causing a 26% assessment increase for a home over its 2013 value. Assessor offered … [Read more...]

Environmental monitoring services and cooling towers not subject to Indiana sales tax

Environmental monitoring services and cooling towers not subject to Indiana sales tax

On December 26, 2018, the Indiana Department of Revenue, in Letter of Findings No. 04-20171229, sustained Manufacturer’s protest against the assessments of sales tax against environmental monitoring services and cooling towers for the 2010 – 2012 tax years. Manufacturer challenged the assessment of sales tax for … [Read more...]