Avoiding Procedural Pitfalls, Indiana Churches Attain Property Tax Exemptions

Avoiding Procedural Pitfalls, Indiana Churches Attain Property Tax Exemptions

Indiana law provides several avenues to achieve property tax exemptions for property used to advance religious purposes. In June 2019, The Indiana Board of Tax Review approved application of property tax exemptions to a church and a family-life center. In both cases — New Testament Baptist Church v. Boone County … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Indiana Tax Court Breathes New Life into Ministry’s Property Tax Exemption Appeal

Indiana Tax Court Breathes New Life into Ministry’s Property Tax Exemption Appeal

The Indiana Tax Court in Lake County Trust Co., Trust No. 6 v. St. Joseph County Assessor on October 17th reversed the dismissal of an exemption appeal by a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Flowers for Heaven, Inc., operating a pro-life ministry in South Bend for the 2013 assessment date.  The Ministry filed an exemption … [Read more...]