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American Property Tax Counsel (APTC) 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 Experience 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.

Real Estate and Personal Property Taxation
In every jurisdiction that real estate and personal property taxes can be contested, an APTC member has the requisite expertise to handle all of the appropriate appeal issues.

President’s Message

TerrillPhoto90Linda Terrill
Property Tax Law Group, LLC
The country now seems to be slowly recovering from a deep recession, which severely impacted real estate tax values. Across the country assessors are thus beginning to increase assessed values to – in their view – better reflect the realities of our post-recession market. This phenomenon will therefore require close attention to the new values being issued to make certain they do, in fact, reflect this slow real estate valuation recovery. Our member firms are on the forefront of the legal precedents and valuation methodologies to address these assessment increases and stand ready to assist property owners in evaluating, and if necessary, contesting these revised values.

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Recent Published Property Tax Articles

Defending Against Tax Jurisdictions’ Attacks on Market Value

Michigan's Menards case offers valuable lessons to help taxpayers get fair property taxation.

While taxpayers typically pay property taxes based upon their property's market value, assessors frequently misapply evidence or even redefine market value to rake in excessive taxes.

The recently resolved Michigan Tax Tribunal case of Menard Inc. vs...

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How Operators Can Reduce Hotel Property Tax Bills

When the early pandemic sent hotel occupancies plummeting and uncertainty soaring, it also created clear opportunities for many hotel operators to reduce property tax bills by appealing their assessments.

Today, however, it can be difficult to know whether appealing an assessment still makes sense. Record selling prices are being reported...

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The Sanctity of Fair and Square Property Taxation

Assessors often need reminding that property owners are entitled to equal, uniform treatment, notes Stephen Grant of Popp Hutcheson PLLC.

Across the country, state constitutions require that property taxes be equally and uniformly assessed. And thank goodness for that.

Without such constitutional guarantees, local taxing authorities would have the unfettered ability to...

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