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Tax Assessment Appeals and Exemptions

Land Use and Zoning Lawyers Assisting Clients and Their Businesses

Real estate taxes are often one of the largest expenses any real estate developer or landlord will encounter year to year. At Kaplin Stewart, our team of attorneys has a broad range of experience representing all types and sizes of taxpayers. We routinely appear before County Boards of Assessment Appeals and the Courts of Common Pleas throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of our clients.

Regardless of whether we are seeking a tax assessment reduction or battling a municipality’s or school district’s efforts to increase an assessment, our attorneys approach each application with a keen eye towards a beneficial result. Recognizing that every property is unique, our team takes a hands-on approach to understanding the different circumstances and situations that impact value, and we work hand-in-hand with trusted tax experts and appraisers to arrive at an appropriate valuation.

Our practiced team of lawyers handles tax assessment cases extensively in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, and Delaware counties and beyond. We manage all aspects of the assessment appeal process – from coordination of the application, through the development of an appropriate and effective appraisal and supporting evidence, to the presentation of your case to the county and, if needed, the courts.

Exemptions to Reduce Property Taxes

Obtaining a property tax exemption can be one of the most effective ways to reduce property tax expenses.  Our attorneys appreciate just how critical an exemption can be and frequently assist clients with real estate tax exemption applications seeking non-profit exclusions, homestead and farmstead exclusions, veteran exclusions, and more. We understand that every situation is different and work directly with our clients to identify and procure the entire range of tax exemptions that may be available to them.

For non-profit entities, tax exemptions do not end with real estate exemptions. In addition to procuring real estate tax exemptions, our experienced team of attorneys assists non-profit clients with business privilege and sales tax exemptions.

Additionally, as the economy constricts and municipalities look for new and expanded revenue sources, many non-profits are finding themselves on the receiving end of municipal challenges to all or part of their tax-exempt status. Kaplin Stewart attorneys have successfully advocated on behalf of non-profit clients to maintain tax-exempt status, reduce tax implications when status is partially lost, and negotiate Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) Agreements to allow non-profits to better plan for tax liabilities in this new tax landscape.

Contact a Land Use and Zoning Attorney Today 

Trying to navigate your own way through the tax assessment appeals process or finding the right tax exemptions to reduce your tax liabilities can be a very challenging and frustrating undertaking. The real estate and tax law attorneys at Kaplin Stewart have substantial experience handling these types of complex matters for clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and beyond.  We are committed to making the process for challenging a tax assessment and/or obtaining property tax exemptions as easy and straightforward as possible for our clients. 

Learn how our attorneys can help you advance your business objectives. We encourage you to schedule a consultation today. We service businesses and other entities with offices in Philadelphia and Blue Bell, Pennsylvania as well as Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Contact us online or by phone at 610-260-6000 today to arrange a consultation.