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 denies motion to dismiss Assessor’s property tax appeal on procedural grounds

Indiana Tax Court denies motion to dismiss Assessor’s property tax appeal on procedural grounds

In Marion County Assessor v. Stutz Business Center, LLC (January 11, 2019), Owner fell short in its effort to cut short an appeal by a County Assessor challenging the Owner’s voluntary withdrawal of its 2012 to 2014 real property tax appeals. Owner withdrew its appeals five days before the scheduled administrative … [Read more...]

Indiana Board of Tax Review adopts appraiser’s cost approach with “minimally credible” adjustments in valuing restaurant

Indiana Board of Tax Review adopts appraiser’s cost approach with “minimally credible” adjustments in valuing restaurant

Name:  L&R Enterprises, LLC v. Hancock County Assessor Date Issued:  July 2, 2018 Property Type:  Restaurant (freestanding, approximately 5,500 sq. ft.) Assessment Years:  2015, 2016 Point of Interest:  The Indiana Board of Tax Review assigns a value based on the cost approach in the Assessor’s … [Read more...]

2018 Indiana Property Tax Exemption Applications Due Soon; Preserving Historical Buildings An Exempt Charitable Purpose

2018 Indiana Property Tax Exemption Applications Due Soon; Preserving Historical Buildings An Exempt Charitable Purpose

The Indiana property tax filing season is upon us, with Form 136 exemption applications for the January 1, 2018 assessment date due by April 1st for taxpayers wishing to claim exemptions for real and personal property.  Whether an application is due is a fact specific inquiry, depending in part on the property, … [Read more...]

Indiana Tax Court Affirms 81% Charitable Purposes Exemption for Mental Health Facility

Indiana Tax Court Affirms 81% Charitable Purposes Exemption for Mental Health Facility

On December 8th, the Indiana Tax Court in Starke County Assessor v. Porter-Starke Services, Inc. upheld a charitable purposes exemption applied to a medical building as of the March 1, 2015 assessment date.  Taxpayer operated a community mental health center (CMHC), which was certified by the Indiana Family and … [Read more...]

Prescription for success:  Indiana Tax Court again affirms property tax reduction for retail property used as CVS

Prescription for success: Indiana Tax Court again affirms property tax reduction for retail property used as CVS

On May 25, 2017, the Indiana Tax Court affirmed the assessment reduction for a 10,800 square foot retail store used as a CVS in Monroe County.  In Monroe County Assessor v. SCP 2002 E19 LLC 6697 a/k/a CVS 6697-02, the Tax Court considered an appeal by the Assessor for the 2007 to 2013 tax years.  The Indiana Board … [Read more...]