Property Taxes. Legal news and articles for February 29 - 29, 2012

Budget measure frustrates residents and county officials in MarylandIs Tax Software Sophisticated Enough for Same-Sex Couples?Brookens outlines property tax reliefBrookens discusses tax reliefLegals: Property Tax Exemptions Reduce Disabled Veterans' TaxesFulton Schools Plan to Hold Tax Increase Below State CapReal Estate Tax Assessments Are In the MailProperty owners entitled to tax reductionNorwich property owners sue law firmStatewide property tax funding option for schools unpopular solutionTurnaround, taxes, gut-n-goKetchum URA warily eyes proposed lawsIllinois hospitals ready if talks break down on taxesProposed Md. bill allows property tax hike above caps for county educationHouse tries to rewrite eminent domain rules

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Lawmaker pitches school tax swap
MiamiHerald.com (blog)February 1, 2012

A House panel on Tuesday approved a measure that would allow Florida school boards to levy a half-penny sales tax in exchange for a reduction in school property taxes. The revenue could only be used for capital projects. If the law were to pass, ...more »

Why The Phone Pole Tax Matters
StateImpact New HampshireFebruary 1, 2012

But if you don't have time (or need a bit of convincing), here's the backstory in a nutshell: Until two years ago, it was state law that municipalities couldn't charge telecoms property taxes for phone poles. When the legislature lifted the exemption, ...more »

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Budget measure frustrates residents and county officials in Maryland
Washington PostFebruary 29, 2012

A bill in the House of Delegates would allow the state to take money local governments generate by a “piggyback” tax on the state income tax and send it directly to school funding. The measure also would allow counties to set a higher property tax rate ...more »

Is Tax Software Sophisticated Enough for Same-Sex Couples?
New York Times (blog)February 29, 2012

Patricia Cain, a professor at Santa Clara Law and an expert on sexuality and federal tax law who lives in California — a community property state that recognizes domestic partnerships — tried using TurboTax for her and her partner.more »

Brookens outlines property tax relief
Marion County RecordFebruary 29, 2012

Hang on to your hat: In its original form, the bill would require all local governments with taxing authority to adjust their mill levies each year so the tax revenue from the levy stays even with the previous year's revenue, even when property...more »

Brookens discusses tax relief
Hillsboro Star-JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Hang on to your hat: In its original form, the bill would require all local governments with taxing authority to adjust their mill levies each year so the tax revenue from the levy stays even with the previous year's revenue, even when property...more »

Legals: Property Tax Exemptions Reduce Disabled Veterans' Taxes
The Llano NewsFebruary 29, 2012

Veterans with a service-connected disability are encouraged to file an exemption form to have their 2012 property taxes lowered. Some veterans may even qualify for a 100 percent exemption of their taxes under the law. The law provides partial ...more »

Fulton Schools Plan to Hold Tax Increase Below State Cap
Oswego Daily NewsFebruary 29, 2012

Tuesday night, the Board of Education signed off on Superintendent Bill Lynch's recommendation that the district will commit now to a tax hike of no more than 3.06%. That 3.06% is the limit for Fulton under the state's so-called 2% property tax cap law...more »

Real Estate Tax Assessments Are In the Mail
FairfaxNews.comFebruary 29, 2012

The Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (DTA) is mailing 352364 real estate assessment notices to all property owners of taxable parcels in the County. Of that number, 232150 taxable parcels had some value change. The rest have no change in ...more »

Property owners entitled to tax reduction
Daily American OnlineFebruary 29, 2012

If you as a property owner or farm owner have not filed an Application for Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion, the final date is March 1. This law was passed in July 2004. This law reduced the amount of property (school) tax you pay.more »

Norwich property owners sue law firm
TheDay.comFebruary 29, 2012

By Claire Bessette Norwich - Several city property owners are trying to stave off tax foreclosures on about 30 properties with a lawsuit filed against the Brown Jacobson law firm and two individual attorneys alleging they have "usurped" the authority ...more »

Statewide property tax funding option for schools unpopular solution
LubbockOnline.comFebruary 29, 2012

Without a funding system to treat all schools fairly, other funding options won't work, including a statewide property tax proposal by Republican state Sens. Robert Duncan of Lubbock and Steve Ogden of Bryan, Arnold stressed. A statewide property tax...more »

Turnaround, taxes, gut-n-go
Fort Scott TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

It deleted the existing bill and put in its place an amendment to send funds back to counties to help reduce property taxes. The bill as amended passed with 122 "yes" votes and two "no" votes. There was some confusion from a majority of House members ...more »

Ketchum URA warily eyes proposed laws
Idaho Mountain Express and GuideFebruary 29, 2012

URAs are funded through tax increment financing, meaning they get the amount of property taxes that result from property value increases during the time of the URA's existence. They then use the money to invest in urban-renewal projects.more »

Illinois hospitals ready if talks break down on taxes
The State Journal-RegisterFebruary 29, 2012

By CARLA K. JOHNSON AP CHICAGO — Finding a compromise on a legal standard that would allow Illinois' nonprofit hospitals to keep their valuable property tax exemptions is proving difficult as a Thursday deadline set by Gov. Pat Quinn approaches.more »

Proposed Md. bill allows property tax hike above caps for county education
Delmarva NowFebruary 29, 2012

The bill would also allow counties to increase property taxes over current tax caps - provided that the additional revenue collected is only used for funding education, said Bohanan. Forcing counties to pay for the state's bad financial decisions is ...more »

House tries to rewrite eminent domain rules
CBS NewsFebruary 29, 2012

That ruling, said bill cosponsor Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., justified "the government's taking of private property and giving it to a private business for use in the interest of creating a more lucrative tax base." As a result, he said, ...more »

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