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...]

Indiana Tax Court to Assessor: “Taxpayers deserve more than taxation by trickery”

Indiana Tax Court to Assessor: “Taxpayers deserve more than taxation by trickery”

On May 24, 2018, the Indiana Tax Court in Switzerland County Assessor v. Belterra Resort Indiana, LLC partially reversed the Indiana Board of Tax Review, ordering a further reduction to the values of its hotel, riverboat casino, golf course and related property for the 2009 to 2014 assessments – resulting in … [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...]

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...]

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...]