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Data Democratization in Property Tax: What Technology Is Out There?

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Aug 8, 2019 1:26:25 PM

Much of the recent Association of Computers and Taxation conference was focused on data analytics—how to manipulate data, and the opportunities and challenges analysis presents. A problem that was discussed at length is one most companies are currently struggling with: How do tax departments gain easier access to the variety of data that will help them make more strategic decisions?

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Topics: Data analytics

Commercial Property Valuation For Property Tax: When To Bring In The Experts

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Aug 6, 2019 10:59:11 AM

You’re probably aware of the availability of experts who offer commercial property valuation services, but you may not know when or if you need them (or what exactly they bring to the table). This article covers the most common reasons why companies enlist a valuation expert for property taxes, and how to know if you should consider hiring one.

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Topics: Valuation

How Property Tax Software Is Disrupting The Industry

Posted by Carl Hoemke on Aug 1, 2019 4:37:08 PM

Often, transformation requires disruption. It’s our belief here at CrowdReason that the property tax industry is ripe for transformation, perfectly poised to benefit from disruptive influences such as artificial intelligence. And our advanced property tax software, MetaTaskerPT and TotalPropertyTax (TPT), are leading the charge.

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Topics: Property tax software

3 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Homegrown Property Tax Software

Posted by Lisa English on Jul 25, 2019 9:41:11 AM

Is your tax team currently using a homegrown tool to manage your company’s property taxes? You may be in that position for any number of reasons—you’re a small-enough company that your solution seems sufficient for the job; you expect you’ll have to pay more for vendor software than you do for your annual tax liability; or maybe you’ve simply been doing things the same way for so long that you haven’t investigated your options lately.

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Topics: Property tax software

How Business Personal Property Insurance Works (+ 7 Companies That Offer It)

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Jul 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Almost every business carries property insurance of some kind, whether it’s for the building the company is housed in (building insurance) or the assets inside it (business personal property insurance). But just because insurance is a necessity doesn’t mean it should be viewed as an expense line item that’s out of your control. (The same holds true for business personal property tax compliance—you have more control over the process than you might think.) The more you understand about business personal property insurance (or BPP insurance), the better equipped you’ll be to find the right coverage, and an insurance partner you can trust.

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Topics: Business personal property insurance

How Tax Teams Ensure A Successful Software Implementation

Posted by Brandon Van Volkenburgh on Jun 21, 2019 11:36:00 AM

Thinking of purchasing new property tax software? Or maybe you’ve already invested in new software (of any kind) and are planning the implementation process. Either way, you’re right to be doing your homework in advance of the change. Tech-related implementations require the same level of attention as any other type of organizational change initiative—a substantial number of which are prone to failure due to lack of planning.

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Topics: Property tax software

A Sample Property Tax Appeal Letter & Tips For Successful Filing

Posted by Lisa English on Jun 20, 2019 2:23:00 PM

 

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

Alabama Business Personal Property Tax: A Breakdown

Posted by Lisa English on Jun 17, 2019 3:26:08 PM

Our clients who file Alabama business personal property tax returns have different perspectives on the state’s timing: Some see it as having an early return due date; others see it as having a late return due date. That’s because Alabama has an unusual tax year compared to other states. Learn more about that—and a few other highlights of Alabama’s property tax practices and policies—below.

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Topics: Alabama business personal property tax

How Shrinking Property Tax Teams Are Managing Workload

Posted by Carl Hoemke on May 29, 2019 4:27:58 PM

Almost all companies have been subject to downsizing at one point or another. Even during periods of strong economic growth, sometimes the individual needs of companies in the short-term makes intermittent layoffs unavoidable. Following any downsizing activity, the question then becomes: How does a smaller group of people handle the same workload as before?

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Topics: Property tax software

TotalPropertyTax Software: 3 Ways It Makes Your Job Easier

Posted by Lisa English on May 28, 2019 5:01:00 PM

“Simplified workflows”

“Fewer clicks”

“Intuitive design”

These are all terms that have been used to describe TotalPropertyTax (TPT), the most advanced property tax software in the industry. But what, exactly, do those terms mean as applied to daily use, and how do they impact the user experience?

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Topics: Property tax