Indianapolis-area counties see big surge in early property tax payments – Hayleigh Colombo –

Thousands of residents in central Indiana pre-paid their property tax bills before Jan. 1, resulting in more than $31 million in early payments, according to research by IBJ.

It’s not clear how many of the payments were being made early to try to take advantage of an income tax deduction that will soon change because it’s not unusual for some people to pay in advance, but the amount of early payments marked a significant increase for some areas.

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$4.4M in city tax breaks on track for approval – Dave Taylor – Tribune Star

Tax breaks for some significant industrial and commercial investments in Terre Haute are making their way through the approval process. The procedure requires two votes by the City Council, the mayor’s signature and action by the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety.

The public works board signed off Tuesday on property tax abatements totaling $4.4 million on $48 million in investments that businesses say will create or retain 158 jobs with annual payrolls totaling $8.2 million. Salaries would range from $42,567 to $75,000.

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Lower Property Taxes are Silver Lining for Landlords in Weak Retail Market – Esther Fung – Fox Business

In April, the Indiana Supreme Court handed Kohl’s Corp. a victory when it agreed not to review a lowered property assessment that was awarded to one of Kohl’s stores because of the growing vacancy and dropping values of other shopping centers in its area.

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Group calls for review of commercial tax assessments – Dave Taylor – Tribune Star

An outside review of commercial property assessments is the first recommendation from a group working for more efficiency in Terre Haute and Vigo County government.

A 10-member team study team chaired by restaurant owner Scott Womack released a report Wednesday charging that under-assessment is costing the city and county millions of dollars in property tax revenues.

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The Dark Store Theory and Other Lies the Government Told – Judy S. Engel and Lynn S. Linné – Bloomberg BNA

Dark stores are closed and vacant commercial buildings. Big-box retailers have argued that dark stores can be considered when valuing their property. Assessors and appraisers have argued that dark stores are not comparable to open and operating stores, and shouldn’t be used for property tax valuation. In this article, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.’s Judy Engel and Lynn Linné discuss the dark stores theory and why using vacant stores in property valuation is an acceptable appraisal practice.

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