Indiana Supreme Court: Application of a negative adjustment to common area land owned by Homeowners’ Associations, as required under a land order, was “inherently objective” and could be challenged using the former Form 133

Indiana Supreme Court: Application of a negative adjustment to common area land owned by Homeowners’ Associations, as required under a land order, was “inherently objective” and could be challenged using the former Form 133

In Muir Woods Section One Association, Inc., et al. v. Marion County Assessor (August  26, 2021), the Indiana Supreme Court concluded that, while determining value for the base rate of land may be a subjective determination, application of a land order’s negative adjustment to the base rate, once established, was … [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...]

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...]

In updated COVID-19 FAQ, Indiana Department of Local Government Finance clarifies application of interest to late property tax payments; No change (yet) to 2020 assessment notice & appeal deadlines; Abatement compliance extended; Waiver of penalties on special assessments and fees

In updated COVID-19 FAQ, Indiana Department of Local Government Finance clarifies application of interest to late property tax payments; No change (yet) to 2020 assessment notice & appeal deadlines; Abatement compliance extended; Waiver of penalties on special assessments and fees

On April 24th, the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance updated its FAQ covering topics related to "COVID-19 & Executive Orders," as those orders relate to property tax assessments, collections and payments. Interest On Late Payments Section 12 addresses the application of interest to Spring 2020 … [Read more...]

Indiana Military Museum loses the Educational Purpose Exemption Battle but wins a 75% Charitable Purpose Exemption

Indiana Military Museum loses the Educational Purpose Exemption Battle but wins a 75% Charitable Purpose Exemption

Name: McClain Museum, Inc. v. Madison County Assessor Date Issued: November 7, 2019 Property Type: Museum Assessment Year: 2014 Point of Interest: Tax Court affirms denial of educational exemption for military history museum, but it reversed the Indiana Board of Tax Review and applied a 75% exemption … [Read more...]

Evidence of Construction Costs and Comparable Assessments Insufficient to Challenge Indiana Homeowner’s Property Tax Value

Evidence of Construction Costs and Comparable Assessments Insufficient to Challenge Indiana Homeowner’s Property Tax Value

In Guthrie v. Clark County Assessor (August 13, 2019), Taxpayer challenged the 2018 assessment of her home, pole barn and other improvements before the Indiana Board of Tax Review. She argued that the actual construction costs were below the assessed value. Taxpayer’s husband was a builder and contractor, and … [Read more...]