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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 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.

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

Use Restrictions Can Actually Lower A Tax Bill

​Savvy commercial owners are employing use restrictions as a means to reduce taxable property values.

Most property managers and owners can easily speak about their property's most productive use, in addition to speculating on a list of potential uses. Not all of them, however, are as keenly aware of their property's...

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Nothing New About The Old ‘Dark Store Theory’

Statutory law continues to require that assessors value only the real estate, not the success or lack thereof, by the owner of the real estate.

Assessors and their minions frequently take the position that an occupied store is more valuable than an unoccupied store, a conclusion commonly referred to as the...

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Benjamin Blair: Creative Deal Structures Can Yield Tax Benefits

​Managing expenses is one of the best ways to ensure the long-term profitability of investment properties, and prudent developers know the importance of carefully monitoring and challenging property tax assessments. But student housing, as a subsector populated largely by tax-exempt educational institutions, presents unique opportunities to minimize taxes for some...

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