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Residential Property Tax Abatements: Are You Overpaying Your Property Taxes?

Thomas Zaino, Tax Blog, Tax Advisor, Columbus, Ohio, USA, TaxConnections

It is no secret that tax incentives are commonly offered to businesses in exchange for job creation and community development. It is lesser known, however, that tax incentives serving a similar purpose are also offered to owners of residential property. Community Reinvestment Areas, or “CRAs,” are designated areas within municipalities or unincorporated county areas that local governments designate as neighborhoods containing housing facilities or structures of historical significance and where “new construction” is discouraged. The underlying goal of establishing a CRA is to revitalize, rehabilitate, and remodel existing structures within the boundary of the CRA. Ohio currently has over 400 cities, townships, and villages with established CRAs. Read more

Ireland Tax: Local Property Tax Information You Need To Know

Frances Brennan, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Dublin, Ireland, TaxConnections

This annual charge was introduced back in 2013 and it is relevant to you if you own a residential property in the Republic of Ireland, have a long-term lease over 20 years, or a life interest in the property for more than 20 years.

This is a self-assessment taxso you calculate the tax based on your own assessment of the market value of the property. You pay every year based on the valuation on 1 May 2013.

Market value bands determine the amount payable. The rates introduced in 2013 still apply and will continue until 1 November 2019 – but some Local Authorities have made adjustments downwards depending on your location. Read more

Real Estate Expenses After Acquisition Of Property For Tax Purposes

Grant Gilmour, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

After a property is purchased, there is generally a time period that a property is held before it is developed. Common expenses that are incurred are property taxes and interest. Other expenses incurred can be classified as an operating expense, added to inventory cost or capitalized for tax purposes.

Property taxes and interest on vacant land are generally capitalized or added to the cost of inventory for real estate. These expenses on vacant land can only be deducted in the same tax year if there is property income received and the corporation is not in the business of development. Read more

British Colombia’s Property Transfer Tax Act Is Not As Simple As It Might Seem

David Davies, Vancouver, Canada Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, TaxConnections

British Colombia’s Property Transfer Tax Act (“PTTA”) currently taxes only registered transfers of realty. In other words, it essentially taxes transfers of legal ownership, but not transfers of beneficial ownership. Numerous BC governments have for years considered expanding the scope of the PTT to include transfers of beneficial ownership – without substantive action.

Recently, however, there has been word of possibly significant realty-related tax changes to be proposed in the upcoming provincial budget, which will be released tomorrow. An expansion of the PTT is not unthinkable, given that current Premier John Horgan put forth a bill himself in 2016 seeking to tax the disposition of a beneficial interest in land. Read more

Gov. Christie Orders NJ Towns To Accept 2018 Property Tax Prepayments

In anticipation of the new tax law, some taxpayers are seeking ways to try to minimize their future tax burden. Due to the incoming $10,000 cap on the state and local tax deduction, this includes prepaying 2018’s property taxes for deduction on their 2017 tax return.

On December 27, 2017, NJ Governor Chris Christie issued an executive order allowing NJ homeowners to prepay property taxes for the first two quarters of 2018. While some towns were already accepting prepayments, this order instructs all municipalities to accept at least partial 2018 prepayments from residents. The prepaid property taxes must be postmarked by the end of the year to be eligible for deduction.  Read more

Construction Tax Planning: A Proactive Approach To Accelerated Depreciation Planning

Peter Scalise

A properly designed and implemented Construction Tax Planning engagement will proactively identify additional tax savings related to new and/or planned construction projects. It should be duly noted that a Construction Tax Planning engagement should not be confused with a Cost Segregation engagement as there are several noteworthy differences between a Cost Segregation Engagement and a Construction Tax Planning Engagement.

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Personal Property Tax Issues

There is an interesting article in the San Jose Mercury News – “Silicon Valley’s stealthy, selfish war on taxes,” by Michelle Quinn (9/11/15).  She looks at some of the assessed values high tech firms have noted for their equipment, including $1.  She reports that some companies argue that the machine has no value to anyone else.  That seems odd.  But, it is a problem with a valuation tax, such as the property tax.

What is business personal property, such as equipment, worth each year?  Arguably, when purchased, it is worth what you paid for it, but it isn’t worth that much after that.  The valuation approach used does allow for adjustments down for subsequent years. The system also allows for lower values and appeals when necessary. Read more

Installment Sale – A Useful Tool To Minimize Taxes

Selling a property one has owned for a long period of time will frequently result in a large capital gain, and reporting all of the gain in one year will generally expose the gain to higher than normal capital gains rates and subject the gain to the 3.8% surtax on net investment income added by Obamacare.

Capital gains rates: Long-term capital gains can be taxed at 0%, 15%, or 20% depending upon the taxpayer’s regular tax bracket for the year. At the low end, if your regular tax bracket is 15% or less, the capital gains rate is zero. If your regular tax bracket is 25% to 35%, then the top capital gains rate is 15%. However, if your regular tax bracket is 39.6%, the capital gains rate is 20%. As you can see, larger gains push the taxpayer into higher capital gains rates. Read more

Busy Season Updates – Tangible Property Regulations And Affordable Care Act

Well into the start of busy season, the IRS issued important guidance on some parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how small businesses can adopt the tangible property regulations (TPR).  I’ve got a summary of the ACA updates (and beyond) in a short article in the 3/12/15 AICPA Tax Insider – An update on Affordable Care Act busy season developments.

Here is my summary of the TPR items as well as a recent news release by the California Franchise Tax Board on conformity with TPR.

Policy Item: Both the ACA items (particularly the relief from the $100/employee/day penalty for health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) that violate ACA provisions), and the TPR Read more

Church Wins Round In Court Over Property Tax Exemption

In a recent court case, a New York court ruled that two churches closed by a Catholic Diocese remained exempt from property taxes. In this situation, the diocese had announced plans to permanently close the churches and issued canonical “decrees of suppression.” This action has the effect of terminating the diocese. The property was transferred to other parishes. The local tax assessor informed the diocese that the churches were being placed on the tax rolls, removing the property tax exemption from the two churches.

The diocese asked the court to reinstate the tax-exempt status of both churches, citing the fact that the properties were being used on occasion for religious purposes including monthly religious services. In addition, the diocese stated that the churches were not used for any other purpose. The assessor countered that the properties were not Read more

E.U. NEWS – The Corporation Tax Bill (Northern Ireland)

The Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill was published on 8th January 2015. The British Government hopes the Bill will be passed before the UK General Election in May.

The Bill, if passed, would allow Northern Ireland to apply its new Corporation Tax rate on most trading profits from April 2015.

The current rate paid by companies in Northern Ireland is 21% while the rate in the Republic of Ireland is 12½%.

According to the UK Government Press Release “if the rate was lowered, around 34,000 businesses in Northern Ireland would stand to benefit including 26,500 SMEs.” Read more

Filing Season And Rental Activities

A regular area for Tax Court litigation for the past few years involves individuals with a few rental properties deducting the losses from them under the theory they are real estate professionals (using a special rule of section 469(c)(7)). These individuals usually have jobs outside of the real estate profession and do not devote more hours than in their other employment to the rentals. They clearly do not qualify for the special rule. Yet, they claim the loss (rate her than carrying it forward) and then after losing during the Internal Revenue Service audit, they go to Tax Court and lose. Why? A better way to challenge would be to try to get Congress to change the law. Perhaps trying to convince Congress to increase the income limit so they could use up to $25,000 of the loss currently (under a modified section 469(i)). Read more

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