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Property Tax Appeals: When, How, & Why To Submit (Plus A Sample Letter)

Posted by Lisa English on Oct 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Taxes are still one of the certainties in life (it’s nice to know some things haven’t changed since the 18th century), but the same can’t be said for the amount of taxes paid. Thanks to the property tax appeal process, valuation amounts are never set in stone—as long as you take full advantage of your right to challenge an unfair assessment.

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Topics: Property tax appeals

Corporate Tax Solutions To Boost Your Property Tax Team

Posted by Giselle Kretzschmer on Sep 21, 2020 8:35:55 AM

Like all other areas of tax, corporate property tax teams have been facing a sea of new challenges in recent years. Not only is the amount of data they have to work with increasing at a rapid pace, but expectations for tax teams are shifting, as well. One recent study indicates that, while compliance is a necessity (and remains a top priority for 27% of companies), it’s no longer the sole priority for most organizations. Other top concerns include:

  • Tax planning—22%
  • Providing proactive support for the organization’s wider business and capital agenda—21%
  • Managing the cost of the tax function—16%
  • Positioning the tax team to provide insights—13%
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Topics: Property tax software

4 Methods (& 7 Tools) For Commercial Property Valuation Appeals

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Sep 3, 2020 7:00:00 AM

You’ve just received an assessment notice for one of your commercial properties—now what? If the amount seems too high, hopefully you or another member of your property tax team will check the accuracy of the valuation by using one or more commercial property valuation methods, and then appeal if need be.

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Topics: Property tax appeals

Do You Need Property Tax Consulting Or Software?

Posted by Alfonso Porras on Sep 2, 2020 7:00:00 PM

Whether you’re new to property taxes in general or have acquired property in an unfamiliar location, or you have a few too many returns to file for the number of hands available, you’re here because one thing is clear: You need help with your company’s property taxes. The question is, what kind of help do you need—property tax consulting or a software management tool?

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Topics: Property tax software

The Future Of Tax: Man + Machine

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Aug 13, 2020 9:49:19 AM

These days there’s much talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Will robots take over our jobs, or won’t they? What can we expect when these technologies ramp up? AI and machine learning technology will have a profound impact on the workplace. In many ways, they are simply advancements in a long line of improvements helping people do their jobs better. Computers changed the way people worked; the internet changed the way people accessed information, yet a succession of new computer applications will need mastering before they are useful—and this can take time.

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Topics: Artificial intelligence in tax

Take Control Of Your Unsecured Property Taxes With Technology

Posted by Eleshia Matheny on Aug 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM

If you’re wondering about the difference between secured vs. unsecured property taxes, I’d wager a guess you live in California. Why? Because it’s the only state in the union that uses this terminology in reference to this common ad valorem tax. Everywhere else, “secured property tax” is simply called real estate tax (real estate is attached to or secured by land); and “unsecured property tax” is called personal property tax (movable property not permanently affixed to a particular location).

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Topics: Property tax technology, Unsecured property tax

Best Places To Gather Property Tax Information

Posted by James Frazier on Jul 23, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Businesses can easily get bogged down in property tax data. County addresses, deadlines, valuation methods, depreciation tables, tax ratios… there are too many data types to list. And while there are common pieces of information people look for, the options are limited when it comes to places to look. That’s because a good chunk of this data varies by jurisdiction. So instead of having central repositories for “property tax information,” a single county website may be your only option. And even finding that isn’t quite as easy as it seems (we’ll get to that later).

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Topics: Property tax

Property Tax Management System

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Jul 21, 2020 10:05:25 AM

What if you could manage your company’s property taxes from anywhere, in less time, with fewer errors, and with greater confidence in your work product?

If you’re like most companies, you’d jump at the chance. As the amount of data expands and the number of team members shrinks, lots of tax teams are in search of a property tax management system that can help them do more with less. They’re switching from the limited-functionality legacy solutions they’ve been using for years to newer, more modern solutions that encourage growth and support greater productivity.

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Topics: Property tax software

A Guide To Business Personal Property Tax In Colorado

Posted by Eleshia Matheny on Jun 22, 2020 8:39:57 AM

Colorado is generally considered a tax-friendly state for businesses. However, business personal property tax seems to be a bone of contention as of late, with a number of bills having been introduced in recent years attempting to ease the burden. Passed in 2017, Senate Bill 267 gave small businesses a break, reducing tax liability for companies with business personal property valued at less than $18,000. (Efforts to reduce it further at the state level, however, have failed.) And in late 2018, Jefferson County voted to eliminate its business personal property tax completely in an effort to retain existing businesses and attract new ones.

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Topics: Business personal property tax

What Does Digital Transformation Mean?

Posted by Giselle Kretzschmer on Jun 9, 2020 8:47:25 AM

By now every business leader has heard about the need to “digitally transform” to stay competitive. But not everyone is so clear as to what a digital transformation means in reality—and they’re even less clear on how to get the job done. Despite the confusion, many executives still name digital transformation a top priority.

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Topics: Digital transformation