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