Property Tax Assessment Appeals and Incentives
“To lay with one hand the power of the government on the property of the citizen, and with the other to bestow it upon favored individuals to aid private enterprises and build up private fortunes, is none the less a robbery because it is done under the forms of law and is called taxation.” Supreme Court Justice Samuel F. Miller writing for the majority in Loan Association v. Topeka, 1874.
Since the property tax has been a financial tool used by local governments since colonial times, a huge body of law has developed that regulates government actions and the rights of taxpayers. Local governments no doubt need to obtain the necessary funds to operate. In doing so, local governments must always respect the constitutional rights granted to citizen taxpayers and operate within the limitations granted to them under law.
In addition to the protest of property taxes through property tax appeals, lawyers at Liston & Tsantilis, P.C. know and understand the entire legal process of the property tax system. Though complex and often mystifying, we cut through the bureaucracy and ensure that our clients are treated as they are legally entitled to be treated and that their rights are as fully protected as the law will allow. Providing these services may range from the filing of proper forms and documentation to formal representation before administrative boards or courts. We have the knowledge and skills necessary to do whatever is needed to bring the matter to a successful conclusion.
Although we are prepared to undertake any property tax legal matter, some of the areas in which we routinely represent our clients are:
- Property Tax Assessment Appeals and Litigation
- Property Tax Incentives
- Enterprise Zone and Tax Increment Financing
- Property Divisions and Legal Descriptions
- Protection Against Liens or Loss of Property due to Property Tax Collection Procedures
- Correction of Property Classifications
- Correct Pro-ration of Taxes Between Buyers and Sellers