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Our 11 person Ad Valorem Tax group has combined decades of experience in every aspect of property tax law and appeals.

RANGE OF SERVICES

  • Minimize liability through tax assessment challenges before Value Adjustment Boards and in Circuit Court.
  • Resolve challenges involving substantial completion, classification issues, and exemptions and litigate disputes.
  • Advise on tax exemptions, classifications, economic incentives, and legislative development initiatives.
  • Provide tax projections and planning associated with real property acquisition and project development.
  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis to support tax assessment challenges through in-house real estate analyst and geographic information system (GIS).

1. Property Tax Assessment Challenges

Goal: Achieve significant tax savings throughout Florida by aggressively advocating our clients’ rights through administrative appeals before Value Adjustment Boards and in Circuit Court.

Client Mix: Owners, tenants, managers, lenders and developers.

Property Mix: We have substantial experience challenging the valuation of nearly every type of property including office buildings, hotels, apartment and condominium buildings, multi-family housing, low-income housing, retail (anchor department stores, big box retailers, grocery stores, shopping centers, regional malls), hospitals, assisted/independent living facilities, industrial and manufacturing facilities, vacant and undeveloped land, dealerships, marinas, gas stations, mixed-use, parking, and tangible personal property.

2. Challenges & Litigation of Property Tax Disputes

We have experience resolving disputes involving substantial completion, classification issues and exemptions from taxation. Should an appeal need to be prosecuted or defended in Circuit Court, you can feel confident that you will receive top notch representation. The Litigation group was recently awarded “Litigation Department of the Year – Midsize Law Firms” by the Daily Business Review, South Florida’s Legal Newspaper.

3. Economic Incentives, Exemptions, and Classifications

We advise property owners on taking advantage of various local and state development tax incentive programs. We also counsel real estate owners on property tax exemption and classification applications (including agricultural classifications and homestead exemptions). In addition, we have experience challenging denials of tax exemptions and applications before Value Adjustment Boards and in Circuit Courts.

4. Tax Projections and Planning

Our attorneys advise clients by providing tax projections associated with the acquisition of real property to maximize tax efficiency and avoid unplanned expenses.

5. BONUS In-House Research and Analysis Capabilities

Our in-house real estate analyst conducts in-depth research and analysis to support tax assessment challenges and provides unique insight (based on his 16 years of experience with the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser’s Office) on how to address and resolve an assortment of ad valorem taxation issues.

Additionally, our in-house geographic information system (GIS) allows us to easily and effectively compile and analyze assessment data. Methods include comparison of similar property assessments, Improved Value, Just Value, Primary Use, and identifying highest and best use limitations. This information can be integrated with other data types to identify compelling factors or conditions that are not apparent otherwise.

  • Represented owners in Wynwood/Midtown/Design District achieving reductions in market values totaling in excess of $30 million.
  • Represented a newly constructed mixed use/residential project in Midtown Miami achieving a reduction of market value in excess of $12 million for its base year.
  • Obtained removal of building values for three properties not habitable as of January 1, 2018 totaling in excess of $15 million.
  • Represented owners of retail properties in Lincoln Road achieving reductions in market values totaling in excess of $13 million.
  • Represented various owners in downtown Miami achieving reductions of market values totaling in excess of $24 million.
  • Represented a national home improvement retailer achieving reductions of market values totaling in excess of $20 million for locations in Broward, Miami Dade and Palm Beach Counties.
  • Represented an anchor department store chain achieving reductions of market values totaling in excess of $34 million for locations in Broward and Miami Dade Counties.
  • Represented a luxury hotel in Broward County achieving reductions of market value and tangible personal property value in excess of $8 million.
  • Represented an owner and operator of assisted and independent living facilities achieving reductions of market values totaling in excess of $10 million for four facilities.
  • Represented one of the largest developers in Miami achieving reductions in market value in excess of $67 million in Downtown Doral. 
  • Represented a junior box retailer achieving reductions of market values totaling in excess of $6 million for locations in Broward and Miami Dade Counties.
  • Represented an owner of a newly constructed luxury hotel in Downtown Miami achieving a reduction of market value in excess of $3.7 million.
  • Represented a luxury Coral Gables hotel achieving a reduction of market value in excess of $4 million.
  • Represented an out-of-state owner of a residential waterfront single family lot in Palm Beach achieving a reduction of market value of $3 million.
  • Represented owner in obtaining agricultural classification (“greenbelt exemption”) for owner’s use of property in raising exotic birds (aviculture), a case of first impression in the State of Florida.
  • Represented owner in challenging denial of agricultural classification for multi-acre property resulting in reduction in assessed valuation of over $1 million.
  • Represented owner in applying for refund of ad valorem tax payment as a result of tax appraiser’s misclassification of waterfront marina after constitutional amendment was passed providing for special tax treatment of waterfront marinas.
  • Represented owner in successfully overturning denial of agricultural use classification (“greenbelt exemption”) for 16-acre tract of property resulting in over $3 million reduction in assessed valuation.

Publications, Recent News Updates: Do You Own Real Property? Be on the Lookout for Your TRIM Notice.
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2019|Sabrina Weiss Robinson

Publications: Estimated Property Tax Values for 2019
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|June 2019|Sabrina Weiss Robinson

Publications: Have You Paid Your Property Taxes? Property Taxes Due March 31st.
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2019

Publications, Recent News Updates: Do You Own Real Property? Be on the Lookout for Your TRIM Notice!
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2018|Michael P. Paparesta, Ph.D., Sabrina Weiss Robinson

Publications, Recent News Updates: Property Tax Assessments and the Eye of the Beholder | Summer Edition 2018
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |July 2018|Sabrina Weiss Robinson

Publications, Recent News Updates: Should You Challenge Your Property Tax Assessment?
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |August 2017|Jacob T. Cremer, John N. Muratides, Darrell Payne, Mark D. Solov