Additional Guidance on Penalties for Indiana Property Tax Payments due May 11th and Personal Property Tax Returns Due May 15th

Additional Guidance on Penalties for Indiana Property Tax Payments due May 11th and Personal Property Tax Returns Due May 15th

Property Taxes Must be Paid on or before July 10th to avoid penalties.  On March 20th I discussed the Indiana Governor's Executive Order No. 20-05, which calls for property payments (for the January 1, 2019 assessment date and payable in 2020) to still be paid on or by May 11th but waiving penalties on payments … [Read more...]

Indiana Board of Tax Review:  Solar Electric Generating Facilities Should be Assessed as Utilities for Property Tax Purposes

Indiana Board of Tax Review: Solar Electric Generating Facilities Should be Assessed as Utilities for Property Tax Purposes

On February 14, 2015, the Indiana Board of Tax Review in eight appeals by the owners of four solar electric generating facilities ruled for the 2013 and 2014 tax years that the solar companies should be centrally assessed by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance as utilities.  The solar companies sold … [Read more...]

Deregulate Local Government for Economic Growth:  Streamlining Local Option Income Taxes and Other Reforms Can Unleash Indiana’s Cities and Towns

Deregulate Local Government for Economic Growth: Streamlining Local Option Income Taxes and Other Reforms Can Unleash Indiana’s Cities and Towns

Indiana’s leaders have worked diligently over the past ten years to improve the climate for business.  Taxes have been capped, cut, and eliminated.  Out of date laws have been repealed or reformed, and new regulations have been stopped.  This pruning, along with smart investments and other reforms, has yielded … [Read more...]

Indiana property tax exemptions: Church permitted to file letter in lieu of application; Trade Association failed to prove split between exempt educational and non-exempt use; conservation group’s 300+ acres of woodlands, lakes and tillable land exempt

Indiana property tax exemptions: Church permitted to file letter in lieu of application; Trade Association failed to prove split between exempt educational and non-exempt use; conservation group’s 300+ acres of woodlands, lakes and tillable land exempt

  Church properly used letter of notification (and not official application) to claim exemption; previously granted exemption rolled forward.   The Indiana Board of Tax Review applied a 100% property tax exemption to a church in Trinity Springs Baptist Church v. Martin County Assessor, Pet. No. … [Read more...]

Proceed with Caution, Part XIV:  New Indiana Board rulings apply the modified burden of proof statute for property tax appeals

Proceed with Caution, Part XIV: New Indiana Board rulings apply the modified burden of proof statute for property tax appeals

  Earlier this year, I reported on the enhancement of Indiana’s burden of proof statute, which became effective March 25, 2014.  Generally, the Assessor has the burden of proof on appeal if the challenged assessment is more than 5% over the same property’s finally determined assessment for the prior … [Read more...]

Indiana Tax Court denies budget and tax levy appeals; two local units gave improper notices, one erroneously argued that poor planning was correctable error

Indiana Tax Court denies budget and tax levy appeals; two local units gave improper notices, one erroneously argued that poor planning was correctable error

The Indiana Tax Court has issued three decisions in the first half of 2014 relating to appeals of final determinations by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) regarding budgets and tax levies for local taxing units.  In the first two cases, the local units failed to provide proper hearing notices, … [Read more...]