Reprinted with permission from Southeast Real Estate Business.
No one wants to be blindsided with additional tax liability. This is why many businesses belong to industry groups that closely monitor liability for income taxes. Unfortunately, these same companies rarely stay on top of legislation that may have a significant impact on their property tax liability. Tax legislation being passed and considered across the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic does not appear to address the significant tax liability associated with property taxes for business.
Property owners may take for granted that key precepts assessors use in determining taxable value are so widely held and accepted as to be immutable. Almost every state’s tax law holds that a property owner pays property taxes on the asset’s “real market value.” Real market value is the price a willing buyer and willing seller would agree upon in an open-market transaction.
Unfortunately, even with the COVID-19 pandemic, there will likely be little property tax relief this year for property owners unless special legislation is passed. This is due to the fact that the majority of states set the assessment date to Jan. 1 of each tax year. The COVID-19 outbreak was declared a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Jan. 30, 2020. However, it was not until March 11 that WHO declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic and its impact reverberated across the United States.
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