The California Court of Appeal held that a county’s failure to comply with statutory notice requirements did not render an assessment a “legal nullity” that would excuse the taxpayer from the requirement to exhaust administrative remedies.

For property tax purposes, California requires a “Notice of Proposed Escape Assessment” (which levies a retroactive assessment to recapture

On January 6, 2021, the Court of Appeals of New Mexico held that a power purchase agreement (PPA), entered into by a wholesale electricity generator to secure compensation in exchange for providing electricity, constituted intangible property that is not subject to property taxation and cannot be included in the value of the wholesaler’s electric plant

Voters in California headed to the polls (or mailboxes) this Election Day not only to choose the next president of the United States but also to make decisions on a range of tax policy questions.  From removing property tax protections for commercial properties to imposing new and increased business gross receipts taxes in San Francisco,

The Louisiana Supreme Court unanimously held that the Louisiana Tax Commission did not act in an arbitrary and capricious manner when it rejected a property tax assessor’s valuation for ad valorem taxes.  In 2012, D90 Energy, LLC purchased several wells.  For tax years 2013 through 2016, D90 Energy appealed assessments by a Jefferson Davis Parish

A California Court of Appeal found that because the taxpayer did not file proper notice with the California Board of Equalization (BOE), the limitation on the number of years the county assessor can levy retroactive escape assessments did not apply. The taxpayer’s 2006 merger constituted a change in ownership triggering reporting requirements to the BOE.  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a rail carrier’s authority to challenge the Oregon Department of Revenue’s taxation of its “accounting goodwill” pursuant to the federal Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act, commonly referred to as the 4-R Act.

Oregon imposes tax on real and tangible personal property located in the

A California Court of Appeal held that San Francisco may not impose a documentary transfer tax on the value of an existing 41-year leasehold interest upon the sale of the underlying property because the leasehold interest does not constitute “realty sold”. The taxpayer owned a commercial building and agreed to lease the ground floor to

In a 3-2 split vote, the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) voted against issuing formal guidance to county assessors regarding mid-year re-assessments due to declines in value caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Similar to a number of other states, California law provides valuation relief for property tax purposes due to calamities, emergencies, and disasters.

On May 11, a San Francisco trial court held that the California Constitution allows special local taxes proposed by voter initiative to be enacted with a simple majority vote, in contrast to the two-thirds vote required for special taxes proposed by local government. The ballot initiative in question imposed a $298 per parcel tax and