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2016 Cook County Equalization Factor Rises

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago

 

The state equalization factor for Cook County, Illinois is up over 5%. It's resulting in a much higher tax burden on commercial and industrial properties in the Chicago area. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Michigan Dark Stores Bill Has Wide-Ranging Impact

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago

 

New legislation targeting big box retail stores could change the way the Tax Tribunal operates for all commercial properties. A similar bill was approved by the Michigan House but failed to win approval in the Senate. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Hears School Appeals Case

By Tom Branham, D.C.

 

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of appeals filed by local school districts against property believed to be under assessed. Taxpayers argue that currently practices targeting high-dollar commercial property constitutes spot assessment, which violates the state's uniformity clause.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Texas Special Session Will Address Property Tax Reform

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas

 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called a special session of the Legislature to consider unfinished business from the regular session, which ended May 31. A major topic will be property tax reform and possible caps on state and local spending. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Washington - Proposed Legislation Replaces Tax Cap

By Scott Donald, Irvine

 

Ten years ago, the Washington State Legislature voted to restrict annual property tax increases to 1%. Now lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow local governments to increase property taxes more than the current limit factor. Get the full story.

Chicago Hit with Deluge of Tax Hikes

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago

 

A new report by the Illinois Policy Institute paints a bleak picture for Chicago property owners. The city, county, school district, and state have all raised property taxes. Higher property tax bills have not solved the serious financial problems that exist. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Court Ruling May Lead to More Revaluations in Pennsylvania

By Tom Branham, D.C.

 

Delaware County, PA will conduct its first revaluation since 1998 following a court order that older and newer construction is not assessed uniformly. The ruling may impact other counties that haven't conducted revaluations in decades. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Denver Values Increase by Double Digits

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

Denver commercial property values took a big jump with the 2017 statewide reassessment. Apartment properties saw a record median increase of 45%. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Philadelphia Commercial Values Up 40%

By Tom Branham, D.C.

 

Officials are bracing for a flood of appeals from the first major revaluation of commercial property under Philadelphia's Actual Value Initiative. First level appeals must be filed by May 26. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Tarrant County Computer Problems Fixed

By Ken Parsons, Senior Vice President, Dallas

 

The Tarrant Appraisal District (Fort Worth, Texas) has been dealing with software issues since a new computer system was installed in 2014. Officials now believe they have the problems under control and this year's appeals should go smoothly. Get the full story.

Cook County Revamps Property Tax Incentive Ordinance

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago

 

A revised ordinance in Cook County, Illinois requires companies that receive a property tax incentive to pay their employees an acceptable living wage. It also makes recipients more accountable and creates avenues for revoking tax incentives for businesses that do not comply. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Proposed Nevada Bill Changes Tax Cap to a Tax Floor

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

Nevada's Assembly Bill 43 seeks to create a property tax floor of 2.6% for the state's residential property in 2017. Once the Consumer Price Index reaches 1.5%, the floor would increase to a maximum of 3%, where it would become locked and could not decrease. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

New Jersey Tax Cap Exemption Advances

By Tom Branham, D.C.

 

New Jersey's average statewide property tax bill is the highest in the nation. Assembly Bill 1655 allows municipalities an exclusion to the state's 2% property tax spending cap in order to generate matching funds for grants and other special programs. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Oregon Legislation Could Raise Tax Bills

By Scott Donald, Irvine

 

House Joint Resolution 1 requires property taxes to be assessed on the real market value of property rather than the traditional lower assessed value. It also increases maximum collection rates and authorizes tax districts to increase permanent rate limits once in a decade with voter approval.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Texas Senate Approves Tax Bills

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas

 

Two major tax bills that impact Texas businesses were passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 2 requires cities and counties to hold a public vote if they want to raise property taxes 5% or more. Senate Bill 17 seeks to lower and ultimately do away with the margins tax on companies' gross receipts. The measures now go to the Texas House. Get the full story.

Cook County's 2016 Equalization Factor is Rising

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago

 

Cook County property owners can expect to pay higher taxes thanks to a rising equalization factor. At the same time, tax rates in the City of Chicago could go up 7% to 9% with even steeper hikes in suburban townships, which are being reassessed for 2017. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Georgia Property Tax Bills Filed

By Paul Miller, Atlanta

 

Georgia lawmakers are debating several property tax bills in the current session dealing with everything from the valuation of low-income properties to electronic filing. The session ends on March 30.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Higher PP Tax Exemptions Proposed in Colorado

By Alex Martinez, Denver

 

Previous attempts to raise Colorado's personal property tax exemption have repeatedly failed. Two bills were filed this year and only one remains active. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Houston Recapture Issue Goes Back to Voters

By Kenneth Graeber, Houston

 

After an historic ballot proposition was rejected in November, voters will be asked again whether to allow the Houston Independent School District to send millions of property tax dollars to the State of Texas to share with other districts. The recapture issue is part of the state's "Robin Hood" school funding program. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Mecklenburg County 2019 Reval Underway

By Kevin Baker, Atlanta

 

Site visits are being conducted on properties in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina starting with problem areas identified after the previous reappraisal in 2011. Valuation notices will be issued in January 2019.
Get the full story.

Colorado Study Proposes Lower Residential Assessment Ratio

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

Colorado's residential assessment ratio may fall to 6.56% for 2017/2018, according to a new study. This change will shift the tax burden, as required by the state's Gallagher Amendment. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

D.C. Commercial Properties East of the Anacostia River May Get Tax Break

By Tom Branham, D.C.

 

In an effort to spur economic development, the D.C. Council is considering taxing commercial properties in Wards 7 and 8 at the same rate as residential. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Detroit Makes Headway in Historic Citywide Reappraisal

By John O'Neil, Chicago

 

For the first time in 60 years, every residential property in Detroit has been reassessed. The city plans to finish the reassessment of all commercial and industrial properties this year. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Illinois Property Tax Freeze May Advance

By Bob Tivnan, Chicago

 

A new session of the Illinois Legislature is considering a bill that would freeze property tax rates. The plan is part of Governor Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" for Illinois. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Nevada Bill Sets Floor for Commercial Property Tax Increases

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

Assembly Bill 43 establishes a floor of 3% for annual commercial property tax increases. It would not remove existing caps that keep residential property taxes at 3% or less and commercial property taxes at 8% or less. Get the full story.

California Multifamily Forecast

By Scott Donald, Irvine

 

The market for apartments in California is good and analysts believe it's going to get even better. New construction is expected to hit a 25-year high in the next three years. Considering the projections, it will be crucial to manage your property taxes today and also plan for the future. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Denver Market Trends - How Does Your Property Compare?

By Alex Martinez, Denver

 

2017 is a reappraisal year for Colorado. New notices will be mailed in the spring. It's up to property owners to challenge a valuation if it's outside the norm of typical mass appraisal models.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Ohio Developers May Get Tax Break

By Morgan Thomas, Chicago

 

A measure to freeze property values for commercial and industrial development until the projects are completed was passed by Ohio lawmakers. The proposal must be signed into law by the governor.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Precedents Set in California Court Cases

By Scott Donald, Irvine

 

There are lessons to be learned from property tax issues decided by the California Court of Appeals. The Board of Equalization issued a Letter to Assessors on some recent case rulings. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Showdown Looms Over Texas Tax Reform

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas

 

Property taxes are a major focus for the Texas Legislature this year and a fight is already brewing over SB 2. Proponents say the proposed law will give citizens more control over how their property tax dollars are spent. However, local leaders claim it will only restrict their ability to provide needed services.
Get the full story.

December 2016

Austin Loses Appraisal Challenge

Durham County Moves to More Frequent Reappraisals

Houston Defeats Proposal to Share School Property Taxes

Tarrant County Problems Persist

Texas Property Tax Reform Bill Filed

 

November 2016

Denver Apartment Face Double-Digit Tax Hikes

Louisiana - Parish-Wide Reductions Approved

New Mexico Named Best State for Business Property Taxes

South Carolina 2006 Property Tax Relief Law Under Review

Taxes and Fees are Going Up to Fight Homelessness in Denver

 

October 2016

Colorado Votes on Tax Exemption

Dark Store Assessment Comes to Texas

Louisiana - New Restrictions on Industrial Property Tax Estimates

Philadelphia Transfer Taxes Going Up

Southeast Wisconsin Values Rebound

 

September 2016

Dallas County Values Increase More than 10%

Licensed Representation Required for Florida Appeals

Philadelphia Schools Go After Undervalued Properties

Seattle Seeks Higher Taxes for Mass Transit

Tarrant County Must Issue $12 Million in Tax Refunds

 

August 2016

Denver Proposes Higher Taxes & Fees for Affordable Housing

DFW Retail Vacancy Hits 30 Year Low

Highest and Lowest U.S. Property Tax Rates

Michigan Big Box Retail Bill Advances

Property Tax Hikes Predicted for Pennsylvania Schools

 

July 2016

Apartment Building Boom in Dallas/Fort Worth

Cook County Tax Bills Headed Up

California - Property Tax Hikes Proposed to Help the Homeless

Texas Supreme Court Upholds School Funding Plan

Wisconsin Businesses Push for PP Tax Repeal

 

June 2016

Florida Beach Tax Ruling Reversed

Kansas Moves Up Spending Cap

More Challenges to Dark Store Assessment

Philadelphia Revaluation Comes Up Short

Potential Tax Hikes Tied to Alternate Revenue Bonds

 

May 2016

Austin Commercial Values Jump 20%-30%

Florida Tweaks Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Higher Recordation Tax Proposed in Montgomery County

Indiana Approves Consolidating Appeal Boards

Mecklenburg County - Another Reval Review

 

April 2016

Florida Tax Cut Winners and Losers

Houston Office Values Increase 10%-25% in a Declining Market

Indiana Passes New Law on Big Box Retail Assessment

Pennsylvania - Split Tax Roll Proposed

Wisconsin Supreme Court to Rule on Low-Income Housing Assessment

 

March 2016

Arizona Bill Seeks to Boost BPP Tax Exemption

Indiana - More Legislation for Assessing Big Box Stores

Iowa Appeal Deadlines Moved Up

Minnesota Business Tax Relief

Nevada Tax Caps Challenged

 

February 2016

California Initiative Raises Taxes on High-Dollar Properties

Cutting Illinois Property Taxes

Kansas Property Tax Limits

Michigan Personal Property Tax Exemptions Kick In

Virginia Bills Benefit Taxpayers

 

January 2016

Maryland - Double-digit Assessment Hikes Reported

Oregon Changes Tax Filing Deadline

Pollution Stigma Impacts Value

Question All Fees and Taxes

Timing is Everything for Protesting Taxes

December 2015

Austin Appraisal Lawsuit Dismissed

Chicago Passes Property Tax Hike

Michigan Retailers Association Opposes Legislation

Santa Clara County Abolishes Appeal Fee

West Virginia Study Opposes BPP Tax Elimination

 

November 2015

Austin Appraisal Lawsuit Underway

Florida Considers Tax Swap

Indianapolis Industrial Boom

North Carolina Amends Laws on Property Tax Refunds and Underpayments

West Virginia Considers Eliminating BPP Taxes

 

October 2015

Chicago Commercial Owners Face Higher Taxes

Indiana - More Tax Regulations for Big-Box Stores?

Philadelphia - Higher Commercial Property Taxes Proposed

Texas Tackles School Finance Again

Utah Property Owners Face Higher School Property Taxes

 

September 2015

California Initiative Creates Property Tax Surcharge

Indiana Counties Don't Exempt BPP

Maryland Court Relaxes Stand on Date of Finality

Michigan Set to Tackle "Dark Stores" Assessment

Texas Faces Lawsuit Over Property Valuation System

 

August 2015

Apartment Rents Soar in Dallas/Fort Worth

Colorado Property Owners Brace for Higher Taxes

Nevada Tax Abatements Spur Investment

Ohio Bill Bans Schools from Challenging Assessed Values

Wisconsin Assessments - What's Fair?

 

July 2015

Austin Appraisal Challenge Goes to Court

California Split-Roll Tax Initiative Proposed

Chicago Area Businesses Could Face Even Higher Property Taxes

Georgia Court Upholds Taxation of Sec. 42 Credits

Indiana County, PA Conducts First Reval in Nearly 50 Years

 

June 2015

Arizona Property Tax Bills Defeated

Austin Challenges Commercial Property Appraisals

Indiana - New Law Requires Cost Approach

Pennsylvania Tax Shift Bill Moves to Senate

Texas Legislature Approves Tax Cuts

 

May 2015

California Considers Changes on Parcel Taxes

Georgia Approves Tax Law Changes

Gloucester Assessment Pilot Program Complete

Orlando Apartment Values on the Rise

Texas - How the Real Estate Market Impacts Property Taxes

 

April 2015

DC Considers Additional Assessment Reform

Florida Budget Plan Relies on Higher Property Taxes

Higher Values Expected for DFW Industrial Properties

Indiana Considers Wide-Ranging Property Tax Bill

Minnesota Property Tax Levies Increase Across the Board

 

March 2015

Arizona - Concerns Raised Over Proposed Legislation

Industrial Assessments Headed Up in Atlanta Metro

Personal Property Tax Legislation Filed

Texas Tax Relief Proposed

Utah Considers Property Tax Hike

 

February 2015

Arizona May Revert to Annual Assessments

Colorado - Higher Property Taxes Forecasted

Erroneous Interest Must Be Repaid

Grants Available in Gaston County, N.C.

Indiana Court Decision Good News for Big Box Retail

 

January 2015

Florida's Amendment 1 Will Lead to Higher Property Taxes

Increased Growth Forecast for D/FW Office Market

Mecklenburg County Confusion

Nebraska Property Tax Reform

Spot Appeals Under Attack in Pennsylvania

 

December 2014

Metro Denver Values Headed up

More Tax Changes Proposed in Indiana

Property Tax Bills Pre-Filed in Texas Legislature

Proposed Rules Require Tax Abatement Disclosure

South Carolina Considers State Property Tax

 

November 2014

Chicago Area Property Taxes Skyrocket

More Property Tax Changes Proposed in Arizona

Property Tax Reform Fails in Pennsylvania

Texas - Keeping Taxes Equal and Uniform

Wisconsin Considers Personal Property Tax Reform

 

October 2014

Florida Governor Proposes Tax Cuts

Fulton Wins First Round in Tax Hike Lawsuit

Iowa Businesses Get Property Tax Relief

Nevada Votes on Margin Tax

Texas School Funding System Overturned Again

 

September 2014

Cook County Braces for More Tax Hikes

Denver Names New Assessor

Fulton County Tax Hike Challenged in Court

Property Tax Values Rise in Dallas County

Travis County May Spend $3 Million to Tackle Tax Inequity

 

August 2014

California Prop 13 Challenge Loses Support

Expect Higher Property Taxes in Pittsburgh

Michigan Personal Property Tax Phase Out Will Proceed

San Francisco's Prop. B Challenged in Court

Utah Audit Finds $100 Million Tax Error

 

July 2014

Denver Office Rents Hit Record High

Florida Audit Criticizes VABs

Kansas Passes Tax Reform

San Francisco Enacts Waterfront Building Restrictions

South Tucson Collected Illegal Property Tax

 

June 2014

California Court of Appeals Rules on Valuation of Intangibles
Colorado Personal Property Tax Credit

Downtown Chicago Apartment Values and Taxes on the Rise
Electronic Filings and New Assessment Method in D.C.

Pima County Property Tax Increase Unavoidable

 

May 2014

Austin Assessments Rise Again

California Commercial Space Flight Companies Get Tax Break

Detroit Schedules Reassessment

Michigan Modifies Personal Property Tax Reform

Pennsylvania Property Tax Elimination Bill Stalls

 

April 2014

California Clarifies Valuation of Taxable Possessory Interests

Indiana Gives Counties the Option to Lower Taxes

Nevada Tax Caps Hinder Recovery

New Orleans Property Tax Hike Moves Forward

Orange County Offices Overvalued

 

March 2014

Assessing Embedded Software Remains a Challenge in California

Denver Industrial Market Moves from Recovery to Expansion

Mecklenburg County Issues Revised Commercial Reval Notices

Illinois Property Tax Referendum Proposed

Oklahoma Seeks Assessment Conformity

 

February 2014

Higher Assessments in Store for Dallas-Area Office Properties

Illinois Has Second-Highest Property Taxes

Indiana - No Time Limit on Tax Error Claims This Century

Montana Changes Personal Property Tax Laws

Philadelphia Appeal Backlog Intensifies

 

January 2014

Colorado Considers Personal Property Tax Cuts Again

Cook County Offers Emergency Tax Incentives

Michigan Personal Property Tax Exemption

New California Property Tax Laws

Pennsylvania Property Tax Reform

December 2013

Baltimore Works to Correct Property Tax Errors

Iowa Implements Tax Reform

Nevada Mayors Push for Assessment Cap Changes

South Carolina - Don't be Over Assessed After a Sale

Will Indiana Do Away with PP Taxes?

 

November 2013

Best and Worst States for Property Taxes

Hitting the Hotel Industry Tipping Point

Mississippi Supreme Court Orders Tax Refunds

Orlando Apartment Market - Winners & Losers

Texas - Improving Accountability in Appeals

 

October 2013

Austin Office Market Driven by Tech Firms

Chicago's Biggest Property Tax Bills Skyrocket

Forewarned is Forearmed

LA County Property Values Hit Record High

Time is Running Out for Philadelphia Appeals

 

September 2013

Mecklenburg County Set to Begin Revaluation Do-Over

Mixed Views on Atlanta Apartments

North Carolina - All Custom Software is Now Tax Exempt

Texas - Estimating Market Value of Inventory

Will Trickle Down Economics Lower Minnesota Property Taxes?

 

August 2013

California Eliminates Enterprise Zones

Denver - Demand Outpaces Supply

Houston BOMA Calls Value Increases "Absurd"

New Jersey Approves Assessment Pilot Program

Wisconsin Court Confirms Tax Exemptions

 

July 2013

California Tax Agent Registration

Florida Rescinds Tax Break

Iowa Passes Property Tax Reform

Philadelphia Sets AVI Property Tax Rate

Virginia Lowers Taxes for Data Centers

 

June 2013

California - Tax Reform Remains Elusive

Florida Tightens Tax Incentives

More Time Proposed for D.C. Assessment and Appeals

North Carolina - Tax Savings from Obsolescence

Property Tax Rates Capped in Fulton County

 

May 2013

Denver Approves One-Stop Appeals

Georgia Bill Raises Interest Cap & Provides More Payment Options

Michigan PP Tax Repeal May Not Be Legal

Pennsylvania - Eliminating Property Taxes for Schools

Virginia Law Enhances Taxpayer Rights

 

April 2013

Colorado 2013 Statewide Reappraisal

Denver May Adopt Pilot Program to Simplify Appeals

Illinois Appeal Backlog Escalates

Tennessee - Indirect Costs Should be Reported

Texas Multi-Family Markets Face Higher Assessments

 

March 2013

Assessments on the Rise for Atlanta Apartments

North Carolina Supreme Court Limits Reassessments

Philadelphia Appeal Season Underway

Tennessee 2013 Reappraisal Released

Texas Legislation Targets Property Tax Debt

 

February 2013

Cook County Tax Bills Detail Debt

Higher D/FW Office Values on the Horizon

MA - New PP Filing Requirements

Philadelphia Assessments Create Confusion

Reval in Gwinnett County

Texas Debates Eliminating Business Tax

 

January 2013

L.A. Assessor Campaign Contributions Banned

Idaho - PP Tax Déjà Vu

Iowa - Cutting Commercial Property Taxes

Maryland Commercial Values on the Rise

Michigan PP Tax Phase Out Up to Voters

Minnesota Legislature Seeks to Reduce Reliance on Property Taxes

December 2012

CA - New BOE Rule Puts Taxpayers at a Disadvantage

Illinois Property Tax Levies Soar

Mecklenburg Reval Study Complete

Nevada Officials Call for Property Tax Increases

Texas School Funding Saga Continues

 

November 2012

Best and Worst States for Property Taxes

Arizona - Property Tax Propositions

Denver Votes to "De-Bruce" Property Taxes

Florida Rejects Property Tax Amendments

New Concerns over D.C. Appeals

North Carolina Legal Battle Continues Over Tax Depreciation

 

October 2012

D/FW Office Market Bounces Back

Florida - More Inequity Over Property Taxes

Hotels Face Continued Over Assessment

New Website for Texas Taxpayers

Swapping Property Taxes for Sales Taxes - A Bad Idea

 

September 2012

Allegheny County - What's Good for the County May Not Be Good for You

Arizona - Both Sides of Prop 117

California Bill Proposes More Red Tape

Denver - "De-Brucing" Makes the November Ballot

New Orleans May Get Property Tax Windfall

 

August 2012

Assessors Cautious About Retail Recovery

Miami-Dade Values Rebound

North Carolina Prohibits Contingency Fee Audit Contracts

Ohio - Funding Schools Through a Tax Swap

Philadelphia Raises Property Taxes, Postpones AVI

 

July 2012

Arizona - Assessment Cap Proposition on November Ballot

Boston - Tax Levy Burden Grows & Shifts to Businesses

Floida - Limited Support for Amendment 4

Georgia Appeals Soar

Louisiana - More Companies May Become Tax Exempt

 

June 2012

Arizona - Flight to Quality in Phoenix

Iowa - No Tax Relief for Businesses

King County Offers Tax Amnesty

Texas Leads the Nation in CRE Development

Timely Tax Bills in Cook County

 

May 2012

California - The New Normal in Los Angeles County

Indiana - Appeal Backlog Mounts in Marion County

Louisiana - Delinquent Tax Penalties Struck Down in New Orleans

North Carolina Ratio Study Triggers Reval

Perplexities in Philadelphia

 

April 2012

Colorado Passes Personal Property Tax Relief

Florida Business Tax Break Goes Before Voters

Georgia Assessment Increase Moratorium Expires

Tennessee Upholds Tax Exemption for Intangible Costs

Texas Gross Margins Tax Challenged Again

 

March 2012

Frustration in Allegheny County

Fulton Chief Appraiser Takes New Position

Higher Values Projected for Houston

Iowa May Cut Business Property Taxes

North Carolina Appeals Hit 40-Year High

 

February 2012

Appeal Opportunities in Allegheny County

Arizona Legislative Goals

Austin Apartment Assessments Headed Up

California Raises Penalty for Failure to File COS

Indiana – 2012 Reassessment Underway

 

January 2012

Expect Higher Property Tax Rates

Florida Studies TPP Tax Breaks

Las Vegas Sends Out New Assessments

Tax Windfall Anticipated from Fracking

Texas Gross Margins Tax Upheld