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Arizona Assessment Ratio

By Rick Edwards, Phoenix

 

Business groups are lobbying for legislation to reduce commercial property taxes in Arizona. They are proposing to gradually phase down the commercial assessment rate to 17% over the next two years.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Florida Commercial Rent Tax Reduced

By William C. Coleman III, Orlando

 

Tax revenue from a new sales tax on out-of-state online retailers will ultimately reduce Florida’s commercial rent tax from 5.5% to 2%. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Georgia Appeals Court Rules on Subleases

By Paul Miller, Atlanta

 

Landlords who accept partial rent or allow a tenant to skip paying rent in a sublease may find themselves at a disadvantage. A court ruling says terms must be in writing for the original terms of the lease to be enforced. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Nashville Property Values Increase – Tax Rate Adjusted

By Lee Wharton, Memphis

 

The Nashville Metro City Council is considering an automatic property tax rate adjustment following this year's reappraisal. Assessments in North Nashville and other parts of Davidson County increased as much as 59% with the reappraisal. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Texas May Expand Tax Exemption

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas

 

Texas lawmakers are debating a bill to raise the exemption threshold on income-producing tangible personal property from $500 to $2,500. If approved, the tax break will be effective January 1, 2022.
Get the full story.

Bill Seeks to Abolish Texas Property Taxes

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas

 

Legislation introduced in the Texas House would do away with property taxes. In exchange, a new Value Added Tax (VAT) would be initiated. If the bill becomes law, a 5-year adjustment period would occur.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Colorado Adds More Risk to Appeals

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

The Colorado State Board of Assessment Appeals has new power to raise property tax assessments in appeals. A legislative analysis says property tax revenues will likely increase as the result of the new legislation. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Colorado Bill Promotes School Finance Equity

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

If a newly filed bill becomes law, property owners in some Colorado districts will see their taxes increase for public schools. It requires the Colorado Department of Education to adopt a correction schedule to begin phasing out school tax credits. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Texas Tax Incentives

By Foy Mitchell, Dallas

 

An Act passed in 2001 to give Texas a competitive edge in business location decisions is set to expire. There are supporters and opponents of legislation to continue the tax incentives. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Northern Virginia Counties Set Tax Rates

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

Real estate taxes across Northern Virginia will remain flat or decrease in the coming fiscal year. This comes as good news for commercial property owners whose property values have declined amid challenges created by the pandemic. Get the full story.

Houston Hotels Suffer

By Rodney Wheelwright, Houston

 

The widespread impact of the coronavirus pandemic has left the Houston hotel market more distressed than other big cities. The financial challenges facing hotels provide unique appeal opportunities this year.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Can California Tax Away Homelessness?

By Scott Donald, Irvine

 

More California cities are looking to enact vacancy taxes on properties that sit empty for long periods of time. These taxes fund affordable housing development and related programs. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Philadelphia Tax Abatements Finalized

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

Details are coming out on new laws that will change Philadelphia’s property tax abatement programs. The abatement for commercial and industrial properties will be reduced by 10%; the residential tax abatement will be phased out; and a new residential construction tax will be implemented starting in 2022.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Alexandria Appeal Deadline Approaches

By Tom Branham and Marc Bragin, Washington D.C.

 

Demand, vacancies, and effective rents are down for commercial properties in Alexandria, Virginia. The deadline to request a Review of Assessment is March 15. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Tax Bills Soar in King County, WA

By Ivan Perilla, Seattle

 

With voter-approved higher tax levies, property tax bills are going up by double digits in several towns in King County, Washington. Get the full story.

Changes to DC BID Tax Payments

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

Starting April 1, payments to Washington D.C. Business Improvement Districts will be included in one unified bill that also includes real property tax. All payments will go toward the property tax and penalties before the BID tax is paid. Owners should verify their payment info with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Colorado - Ghost of Gallagher?

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

Just three months after Colorado voted to abolish the Gallagher Amendment, a group is starting the process to qualify a ballot proposal for November 2022 that would bring back parts of Gallagher.
Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Cook County Tax Burden Shifts to Businesses

By Bob Tivnan, CMI, Chicago

 

The recent Cook County triennial reassessment has pushed taxes higher for business real estate compared with homes. Officials fear that rising assessments could undo efforts to promote economic development in Cook County’s south and southwestern suburbs. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Nevada May Tweak Tax Caps

By Joe Monzon, Denver

 

Two bills before the Nevada Legislature would tweak, but not remove, the state’s assessment caps on residential and business property. Both measures would require approval from two-thirds of the Senate and Assembly. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Ohio Will Not Consider Pandemic Impact to Values

By Robert Boxley, MBA, CMI, Chicago

 

Under Ohio law, property tax values are set on a January 1st lien date. Recent legislation to allow a change due to COVID-19 failed and therefore the economic impact of the pandemic will not be part of the assessment process for 2020. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Reassessment Comes to Delaware

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

Following a court ruling, one of Delaware’s three counties has announced plans to conduct its first reassessment in decades. The courts ruled the failure to conduct timely reassessments is unconstitutional. Get the full story.

San Francisco Apartment Properties Need a License to Raise Rents

By Scott Donald, Irvine

 

Starting next year, San Francisco will require apartment owners to provide confidential information to the city’s Rent Board to get a license to raise rents. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Maryland Tax Assessments Continue Upward Spiral

By Tom Branham, Washington D.C.

 

Maryland commercial properties saw a jump of 9.7% on average since the last Group 3 reassessment. The higher values are especially burdensome as the COVID-19 pandemic strains the real estate market statewide. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Commercial Values Slowly Rebound

By Vicki Robbins, Dallas

 

Property pricing has firmed up over the past few months, according to a new report. With interest rates this low, it is easy to see real estate prices increasing. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Chicago Property Tax Burden Escalates

By Philip Utterback, Chicago

 

A new study shows that in the past 20 years, commercial property taxes in Chicago rose by 81% with even more dramatic increases downtown. With the tax hike approved and Chicago being reassessed this year, the trend will definitely continue. Get the full story.

 

 


 

 

Best and Worst States for Property Tax

By Vicki Robbins, Dallas

 

Property taxes impose one of the most substantial state and local tax burdens most businesses face. The states that score the best on Tax Foundation’s property tax are New Mexico, Indiana, Idaho, Delaware, Nevada, and Ohio. Get the full story.

December 2020

Chicago Budget Raises Property Taxes

Philadelphia Amends Property Tax Abatement

Miami-Dade Wants Tax Interest Money Back

Texas Cities Have Highest Property Tax Rates

Texas Legislature Focuses on Property Tax

 

November 2020

Austin Approves Transit Tax

California - Split-Roll Tax Plan Fails

Chicago Budget Proposal Includes Property Tax Hike

Colorado Repeals Gallagher Amendment

Property Tax Overhaul in Montgomery County

San Francisco Transfer Tax Doubles for Expensive Property Sales

 

October 2020

California Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extended

Colorado Votes on Amendment B

San Francisco Transfer Tax Could Become Even More Expensive

Texas Property Taxes Have Skyrocketed

Unfair Tax Disparities Validated in Cook County, IL

 

September 2020

Capitalization of Expenses Not Assessable

Cook County Postponed Property Tax Payments Hit $1.8 Billion

Foreclosure and Eviction Protection Extended in California

Nashville Tax Rollback May Go to Voters

South Carolina Court of Appeals Extends ATI Filing Deadline

 

August 2020

California - Deadline Extended for County Boards to Rule on Appeals

Chicago Real Estate Market in Flux

Florida Allows Digital Signatures for Leases

Hotels File Lawsuit to Block San Francisco's Healthy Buildings Ordinance

Uncertainty in the Houston Office Market

 

July 2020

California Court Rules on Transfer Tax

Chicago and Cook County Budgets in the Red

Florida Rules Rushmore Assessment Method Illegal

Georgia Bill Addresses Virtual Hearings and Appeal Costs

Pro and Con Studies Released on Prop 15

 

June 2020

California Considers New Laws to Address COVID-19

Colorado's Gallagher Amendment Faces Repeal

Cook County Final 2019 Multiplier Set

Delaware’s Property Tax System is Unconstitutional

Texas Taxes Will Depend on Rates

 

May 2020

Florida Sales Tax Plunge May Drive Up Other Taxes

Illinois Counties Waive Late Penalties on Property Taxes

Nashville Could Face Double-digit Tax Hike

Philadelphia Property Tax Hike Proposed

San Francisco May Delay One Tax and Implement Another

 

April 2020

California - How Will the Split Roll Tax Measure Play Out During COVID-19?

Chicago - Property Tax Uncertainties Impact Investment

Cook County Receives a Lower Tentative Multiplier

San Francisco Brokers Urge City to Reconsider Vacancy Tax

Washington Bill Eliminates State School Property Tax

 

March 2020

Chicago Studies Inclusionary Zoning

Georgia Appeals Court Upholds Assessment Freeze Following Appeal

Hawaii Property Tax Constitutional Amendments Proposed

Indiana Considers Taxing Current Cash Value of Personal Property

Oregon Could Bring Back Real Estate Transfer Taxes

 

February 2020

Colorado Considers Commercial Classification for Short-term Rentals

Hawaii - Wind Turbines are Not Real Property

How to Fix Illinois Property Taxes? Task Force Has Ideas

Ohio Bill Seeks to Expand Transfer Taxes

Tennessee Property Tax Rate Cap Proposed

 

January 2020

Chicago Hotels Challenged

Colorado Tackles School Finance Reform

Maryland Assessments Rise for Seventh Year in a Row

Philadelphia Won’t Revalue Properties in 2020

Wisconsin Property Taxes for Schools Up by Highest Rate in a Decade

December 2019

Pennsylvania Details Plans for Property Tax Relief

Real Estate Investors Face Tax Uncertainties in Chicago

San Francisco Proposes Vacancy Tax

Texas Lawmakers Consider BPP Tax Reform

Utah Proposes Property Tax Indexing for Schools

 

November 2019

California Enacts Laws to Boost Affordable Apartments

Double- and Triple-Digit Assessed Value Increases in North Cook County

San Antonio Multi-family Market at the Crossroad?

Texas Prohibits State Income Tax

West Virginia Manufacturers Hit Hard by Personal Property Tax

 

October 2019

Austin is Top Real Estate Market for 2020

Colorado Votes on Proposition CC

Ohio Suspends Bitcoin Tax Payments

Section 42 Tax Credits Do Not Constitute Actual Income

Texas Tax Amendments on Nov. 5 Ballot

 

September 2019

Florida Property Taxes Soar Despite Cap

Houston – Mixed Bag of Tax Hikes and Cuts

Philadelphia Reverse-Appeal Case Sent Back to Court

Phoenix – Low Cap Rates Raise Apartment Values

Will Chicago Raise Property Taxes to Balance the Budget?

 

August 2019

California Court Upholds Exemption for Intangibles

Cook County TIF Districts Generate Record Revenue

Data Centers Drive Real Estate Market in Northern Virginia

Illinois Task Force Will Study Property Tax Relief

Philadelphia Targets Tax Abatement Reform

 

July 2019

Cook County Property Tax Collections Hit Record High

D.C. Tax Hikes Could Backfire

Florida Reduces Commercial Rent Tax

Chicago’s Consolidation with Statewide Pensions Nixed

Philadelphia Courts Rule in Reassessment Lawsuit

 

June 2019

CA Appeals Court Strikes Down Arbitrary Valuation

Equal and Uniform Appeals Upheld in Texas

Oregon Enacts Statewide Rent Control

Texas Passes Property Tax Reform

Washington State Budget Includes Higher Real Estate Taxe

 

May 2019

Austin Office Market Hits Historic Highs

Georgia Assessment Freeze Challenged in Court

Illinois I&E Disclosure Bill Stalls

Tax Incentives for Federal Opportunity Zones Clarified

Texas Tax Reform Debate Intensifies

 

April 2019

Chicago Transfer Tax Hike Proposed

D.C. Mayor Proposes Additional Tax Hike on Commercial Properties

Florida Court Case Explores External Obsolescence

Tennessee Set to Release Appraisal Ratio Report

Texas Legislature Considers Tax Swap

 

March 2019

Chicago Investors Face Property Tax Uncertainty

Florida Cost of Sale Adjustment Challenged

Philadelphia Pledges Improvements Before Another Reassessment

San Francisco Gets Property Tax Windfall

Texas Revisits Property Tax Rollback Cap

 

February 2019

Cook County Effective Tax Rates Climb 2007 -2016

DFW Retail Real Estate on a Roll Despite Online Shopping

Nebraska Considers Property Tax Cap

Spokane County Reports Tax Decrease

Texas Real Time Tax Notices

 

January 2019

Dallas Hotel Room Revenue Tops $1 Billion

DC Internet Sales Tax Revenue Could Cut Commercial Property Tax

DC Mandates Electronic I&E Reports

Fulton County Tax Digest Upheld

Indiana Sets New Appeal Dates

South Carolina ATI Exemption Applications Due January 31

December 2018

Amazon’s Arlington Headquarters Will Bring Market Changes

D-FW is Top Office Leasing Market

Nebraska Set to Tackle Tax Reform

New Mecklenburg County Commission

Prop 13 Challenge on 2020 Ballot

 

November 2018

Data Center Boom in Dallas

Florida Constitutional Amendments

Head Tax Approved for Transit Programs

San Francisco Approves Tax for Homeless Services

Taxpayer Engagement in the Texas Property Tax Process

Wisconsin Votes Against Dark Store Assessment

 

October 2018

Austin's High-Tech Office Market

Colorado Tables Tax Hike for Short-Term Rentals

DFW Warehouse Market On Track for Another Record Year

Florida Votes on Property Tax Amendments

Tax Bill Time in Texas

 

September 2018

Chicago Investors Face "Fiscal Death Spiral"

Dallas Hotel Construction Boom

Mecklenburg County - Businesses Brace for Higher Values

Utah’s Truth in Taxation Law Faces Test

 

August 2018

Florida Schools Take Tax Hikes to Voters

Fulton County Needs Court Approval to Collect Taxes

Harrisburg Faces Massive Property Tax Increase

Illinois / Cook County Need Property Tax Reform

Study says Michigan Property Tax Caps Hamstring Local Budgets

 

July 2018

Business "Head Tax" on November Ballot

D.C. Budget Raises Commercial Property Taxes

Higher Tax Bills Coming in Cook County, IL

Nashville Property Tax Hike Could Go to Voters

Ohio Supreme Court Sides with Property Owner

 

June 2018

Confusion over South Carolina ATI Exemption

Dallas Property Values Soar

D.C. Office Concessions are Highest in the Nation

Higher Taxes in Hagerstown

New Changes Proposed to Louisiana’s Industrial Tax Exemption

 

May 2018

Cook County’s 2017 Pay 2018 2nd Installment Tax Bills May Be Late

Expect Double-Digit Value Increases in Mecklenburg County, NC

Fulton County Tax Assessments Skyrocket

Mall Vacancies Hit Six-Year High

Philadelphia Calls for Assessment Audit

 

April 2018

California Bullet Train - An Omen of Taxes to Come?

Commercial Real Estate and the New Tax Law

Nashville - Successful Appeals Lead to Budget Shortfall

Philadelphia Property Tax Increase Proposed

Property Taxes Soar for Self-Storage REITs

 

March 2018

Cook County Requires More Documentation on Appeals

Multicounty Appeal Boards Allowed in California

Pennsylvania - New Reporting Requirements

Sticker Shock in Washington State

Values Up in Fairfax County, VA

 

February 2018

Denver Property Values and Taxes Soar

Mecklenburg County Revaluation Underway

San Francisco Commercial Tax Hike Proposed

Texas Governor Proposes Property Tax Plan

Washington D.C. Considers Conversion Incentives

 

January 2018

Colorado – Concerns over Gallagher Amendment

Maryland Values Climb with Reassessment

Ohio Supreme Court Rules on Property Tax Assessment

West Virginia May Phase Out BPP Tax

Wisconsin Property Taxes on the Rise

December 2017

California Wildfire Battles Continue

Florida Budget Proposal Could Raise Property Taxes

Tax Foundation Ranks States' Business Tax Climate

Texas Tops 2018 Real Estate Report

Wisconsin Marks Dark Store Day

 

November 2017

Fulton County Issues Property Tax Bills

More Tax Hikes Coming in Chicago

Pennsylvania Approves Property Tax Amendment

South Carolina - Appeals Can Still Be Filed for 2016 Calamities

Tax Notices Delayed in Miami-Dade

 

October 2017

California Tax Relief for Catastrophic Wildfires

Houston Won’t Raise Property Taxes for Hurricane Recovery

Iowa Faces Financial Trouble Over Property Tax Reform

Nashville Property Owners Win More Appeals

Texas - New Tax Filing Deadlines

 

September 2017

Chicago Property Taxes Going Up Again

Houston Proposes Tax Hike Following Hurricane Harvey

Louisiana Exemption Process Creates Confusion

St. Louis Sues Over Property Tax Election Results

U.S. Cities with the Highest and Lowest Property Taxes

 

August 2017

Houston Office Vacancies Lead to Lawsuits

Ohio Supreme Court Rules on Valuation of Leased-Fee Properties

Tampa Tax Hike Proposed

Property Tax Report Card for the 85th Texas Legislature

Washington State Budget Includes Tax Hikes and Tax Cuts

 

July 2017

California Abolishes Board of Equalization

Indiana Dark Stores Methodology Upheld

Investigation Launched into Cook County's Assessment Process

South Carolina Manufacturers Get Tax Break

Wisconsin Considers Personal Property Tax Repeal

 

June 2017

2016 Cook County Equalization Factor Rises

Michigan Dark Stores Bill Has Wide-Ranging Impact

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Hears School Appeals Case

Texas Special Session Will Address Property Tax Reform

Washington - Proposed Legislation Replaces Tax Cap

 

May 2017

Chicago Hit with Deluge of Tax Hikes

Court Ruling May Lead to More Revaluations in Pennsylvania

Denver Values Increase by Double Digits

Philadelphia Commercial Values Up 40%

Tarrant County Computer Problems Fixed

 

April 2017

Cook County Revamps Property Tax Incentive Ordinance

Proposed Nevada Bill Changes Tax Cap to a Tax Floor

New Jersey Tax Cap Exemption Advances

Oregon Legislation Could Raise Tax Bills

Texas Senate Approves Tax Bills

 

March 2017

Cook County's 2016 Equalization Factor is Rising

Georgia Property Tax Bills Filed

Higher PP Tax Exemptions Proposed in Colorado

Houston Recapture Issue Goes Back to Voters

Mecklenburg County 2019 Reval Underway

 

February 2017

Colorado Study Proposes Lower Residential Assessment Ratio

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

Detroit Makes Headway in Historic Citywide Reappraisal

Illinois Property Tax Freeze May Advance

Nevada Bill Sets Floor for Commercial Property Tax Increases

 

January 2017

California Multifamily Forecast

Denver Market Trends - How Does Your Property Compare?

Ohio Developers May Get Tax Break

Precedents Set in California Court Cases

Showdown Looms Over Texas Tax Reform

 

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