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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.

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