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Is Your Tax Team Employing Predictive Analytics To Get Ahead?

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Jan 31, 2019 3:06:42 PM

The course of a tax year offers numerous opportunities for property tax practitioners to hone their precognitive skills. The ability to read and interpret available data for signs of what’s upcoming in the tax cycle—and then to determine if action should be taken—is key to carrying out the job successfully.

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Topics: Data analytics

16 Best Conferences For Property Tax Professionals

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Jan 24, 2019 5:26:00 PM

Like every industry, property tax has its share of conferences. Whatever you’d like to know more about, whether it’s real estate, personal property, business valuation, compliance, depreciation, tax technology, or anything else, there’s probably a conference that covers it. You’ll also find conferences that specialize in certain industries (like the Broadband Tax Institute’s annual conference for internet and cable companies) and ones that focus on taxation in certain regions (like the Texas Association of Assessing Officers conference). There’s no shortage of learning opportunities for those looking to expand their knowledge and skills.

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Topics: Property tax

What’s An Acceptable Level Of Penalties For An In-House Property Tax Team?

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Jan 21, 2019 9:53:00 AM

I think it’s safe to say that all property tax teams strive to avoid penalties. But they happen. Teams working for companies with a large number of properties sometimes don’t have enough staff to keep up with deadlines or they have new, untrained staff members. Other times a failure in the process leads to a missed deadline, and extra expenses are incurred. But just because penalties happen doesn’t mean they’re acceptable—or that you should stop searching for ways to avoid them.

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Topics: Property tax penalties

3 Trends In Tax You'll See In 2019

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Jan 9, 2019 2:29:33 PM

The start of a new year is a popular time for predictions—what developments do experts and visionaries see around the bend?

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Topics: Tax technology

3 Intangible Asset Valuations Methods For Appeals

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Jan 2, 2019 12:51:47 PM

Whether or not your company operates in one of the few states that tax intangible assets—those that have no physical form but do have value—understanding intangible asset valuation is important. Why? Because it’s part and parcel of ensuring a fair assessment for both real estate and personal property.

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Topics: Asset valuation

Why Comcast Chose CrowdReason For Property Tax Software

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Nov 29, 2018 4:01:47 PM

Cumbersome software, inefficient processes, a lack of data visibility… these are just a few things commonly mentioned by property tax professionals when we ask them to identify pain points in their current practice. Until a few years ago, corporate tax practitioners at Comcast, the global telecommunications company, would’ve said the very same things about their processes. Then they switched to TotalPropertyTax (TPT), and eventually added MetaTaskerPT, and turned things around. Here’s the story of why Comcast chose CrowdReason software—and how it’s impacted their practice since its implementation.

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Topics: Property tax practice

How To Allocate Distributed Business Personal Property Assets The Right Way

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Nov 26, 2018 1:45:08 PM

Cable companies, railroad companies, natural gas and oil companies—these are some of the types of organizations whose primary assets tend to cross county or jurisdictional borders. Because taxes are assessed on property located in specific jurisdictions, that creates a challenge when it comes to business personal property tax filings: How do you properly distribute the value of those assets over the various jurisdictions in which they’re located? This article examines the most efficient method for doing that, as well as how to choose the right allocation metrics to ensure the fairest possible distribution of value.

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Topics: Business personal property tax

Smart Process Automation: What Is It & How Is It Being Used?

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Sep 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

It’s no secret that the nature of work is changing, which is why a growing number of business leaders like yourself are beginning to assess what their future workforces might look like. Part of that assessment includes identifying which capabilities and tools will be most needed by their teams. In recent years, your research may have identified robotic process automation (RPA) as the answer to future challenges; today, there’s an advanced version of automation that will prove to be even more valuable for organizations: smart process automation, or SPA.

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Topics: Process automation

How Is Commercial Property Appraised?

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Sep 17, 2018 9:04:20 AM

Taxes may be a certainty, but when it comes to property tax, the amount of taxes owed is not. That’s because commercial properties can be appraised in different ways, depending on who’s doing the appraising: an assessor or a fee appraiser. It’s important to know the differences in these commercial property appraisal methods so you’re better prepared to advocate for a fair assessment—and the appropriate amount of taxes owed.

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Topics: Commercial property appraisal

Is It Worth The Cost To Appeal Your Business Property Tax Assessment?

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Sep 6, 2018 2:52:33 PM

After you receive an assessment for your business/commercial property, you may find yourself questioning the amount—but also wondering if it’s worth the cost to appeal the property tax assessment. In many cases, particularly for companies experiencing technological or economic change, the answer is yes. But a property tax appeal doesn’t make sense for every piece of property. While the answer isn’t a simple yes or no, there are a few tips to help you determine whether or not it’s worth the cost to appeal your business property tax assessment.

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Topics: Property tax appeals