American Property Tax Counsel is the only organization of law firms providing major portfolio owners with a single source for all their property tax reporting and tax reduction needs. Today, APTC covers the U.S. and Canada, serving clients in every category of real estate from apartments to shopping centers.
Local Expertise with National Representation
APTC member law firms are local. Thus, they are knowledgeable about and experienced in local laws, procedures, policies and legal precedents. Since property tax laws differ significantly from state to state, the local nature of the organization has benefited clients.
Inclusive Advocacy - from Administrative Levels Through the Courts
APTC represents its clients through the entire appeals process and into court. By representing clients from the very first level of appeal, APTC becomes a powerful advocate in optimizing reductions in clients' property taxes. APTC's effectiveness on behalf of its clients is enhanced by its knowledge sharing techniques.
Personal Property Taxation
In every jurisdiction that personal property taxes can be contested, an APTC member has the requisite expertise to handle all of the appropriate appeal issues.
"The legal issues that have arisen since APTC was founded 20 years ago have changed substantially. My goal is to continue the tradition of making our member firms familiar with the most current issues and solutions, from both the legal and the valuation perspectives. Doing so will allow us to continue to best serve our member firms' clients.
For the last few years, the country has been mired in a deep recession, which has severely impacted tax values. In determining assessed values, assessors don't have an understanding of –or ignore the realities of– the impact of the recession on property owners. One example revolves around the capitalization rate that should be used under the income approach to value. Assessors utilize pre-recession information that is not applicable to the realities of today. Taxpayers need to closely scrutinize the data used by assessors in developing the cap rate employed in their valuation of the owner’s property.....
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