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Monday, November 17, 2014 - 7:50pm

Last week I wrote about what I am calling the Kansas Property Tax Consultant War.  The Kansas Court of Tax Appeals challenged the arrangements that property tax consultant Jerry Chatam had made with his clients.  Mr. Chatam responded on two fronts and won on both.  On the judicial front, a recent decision by the Kansas Court of Appeals overturned COTA’s decision.  More dramatic was the legislative victory that converted the judges on the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals to members of the Board of Tax Appeals along with other changes favorable to appealing taxpayers or at least their consultants.  For my third post on this topic, I have a first for my blog.  I interview Trevor Wholford,who served as a judge on COTA.  His views on the controversy are a bit different from Mr. Chatam’s, as you might expect.Read More

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 10:24pm

I stumbled on what I call the Kansas Property Tax Consultant War through my regular process of going through the states in alphabetical order looking for interesting cases.  The decision by the Kansas Court of Appeals (KCOA) titled In the Matter of Protest Appeals of Lyerla, Kathy L. Liv. Trust et al really stood out from the pack.  The Court of Tax Appeals (COTA) had knocked out some property tax appeals because required notices had been signed by, in their view, the wrong person and had delved into the relationship between property tax consultant Jerry Chatam, his clients and attorney Linda Terrill, whom Mr. Chatatm regularly hires to represent his clients. It struck me that COTA really got its head handed to it by KCOA. Read More

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 9:54pm

Ten years ago, Miami-Dade owed about $100 in property-tax debt for every resident in the county. Now that obligation is closer to $475 per resident. Read More

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 8:52pm

An Albuquerque man said Sandoval County tax collectors want his family to pay more than $1,000 in property taxes on a building they don’t even own. In fact, there’s no way the family could own the building because it belongs to the United States Postal Service. Read More

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:20pm

The owners of both The Continuum apartments and Innovation Square have ongoing lawsuits against the Alachua County property appraiser and tax collector, saying they should be exempt from nearly $2 million in property taxes combined as nonprofit organizations serving a nonprofit function on behalf of the University of Florida. Read More