Zestimate v. The Assessment – Property Estimate from Zillow.com was not Probative Evidence of a Home’s Value According to the Indiana Board of Tax Review

Zestimate v. The Assessment – Property Estimate from Zillow.com was not Probative Evidence of a Home’s Value According to the Indiana Board of Tax Review

In Harris v. Madison County Assessor (April 2, 2019), an Indiana Homeowner contested the January 1, 2017 assessment of her residence in Anderson.  She had the burden of proof on appeal, and the Indiana Board of Tax Review wanted to know why Homeowner thought her home was overvalued. Her answer, in part? Because … [Read more...]

Indiana Board of Tax Review Denies Real Property Tax Exemptions for Early Childhood Educational Facilities for Lack of Proper Certifications

Indiana Board of Tax Review Denies Real Property Tax Exemptions for Early Childhood Educational Facilities for Lack of Proper Certifications

Name: Rainbow Rascals Warsaw, LLC v. Kosciusko County Assessor Date Issued: April 10, 2019 Property Type: Childcare Facility Assessment Year(s): 2015-2018 Point of Interest: Tangible property owned, occupied, or used by a for-profit provider of early childhood education services to children ages 4-5 … [Read more...]

Don’t Get Overtaxed: A Guide to Colorado Property Taxes and Appeals

Don’t Get Overtaxed: A Guide to Colorado Property Taxes and Appeals

Benjamin Franklin’s famous statement — “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” — remains true to this day. But while the need to pay taxes is unavoidable, the amount you owe for your real estate taxes is not necessarily so set in stone. That amount can be challenged if you think … [Read more...]

Tax Court rejects Indiana Board’s “Throwing Darts” to Conclude to a Capitalization Rate That Neither Party’s Appraiser Offered Into Evidence 

Tax Court rejects Indiana Board’s “Throwing Darts” to Conclude to a Capitalization Rate That Neither Party’s Appraiser Offered Into Evidence 

Name:  Madison County Assessor v. Sedd Realty Company Date Issued:  May 22, 2019 Property Type: Shopping Center Assessment Dates: 2009-2012 Point of Interest:  The Indiana Board of Tax Review acted arbitrarily and capriciously by applying a capitalization rate that no appraiser relied upon and that was … [Read more...]

Despite Market Value USPAP Appraisal and $0 Acquisition Price, Owner of Special Purpose Property Failed to Prove Assessment of Property Should be Reduced

Despite Market Value USPAP Appraisal and $0 Acquisition Price, Owner of Special Purpose Property Failed to Prove Assessment of Property Should be Reduced

Name: Wigwam Holdings LLC v. Madison County Assessor Date Issued: May 8, 2019 Property Type: 220,000 SF building, including a natatorium, auditorium and 8,996 seat basketball facility Assessment Date: March 1, 2015 Point of Interest: Wigwam Holdings LLC (“Holdings”) claimed that an appraisal and … [Read more...]

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...]