Why You Need an Attorney for Missouri Commercial Property Tax Appeals

I am often asked by businesses whether an attorney is needed for commercial property tax appeals in front of the Missouri State Tax Commission.  This question is most often asked by those that made the decision, for whatever reason, to represent themselves at their County’s Board of Equalization hearing.  Those businesses mistakenly believe that the State Tax Commission hearing will be just as informal as their hearings in front of the Board of Equalization.

I am quick to dispel this misconception.  Indeed, there are multiple reasons why an attorney is needed for commercial real estate tax appeals, aside from the formalities of a State Tax Commission hearing:

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St. Louis County, Missouri Plane Owners Face Property Tax Assessment Scrutiny

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that newly elected St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman believes there is “substantial noncompliance” with property tax obligations by owners of planes kept in St. Louis County at Creve Coeur Airport in Maryland Heights, Missouri and Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri.  Property taxes were collected on only 400 of the approximately 700 planes kept in the County last year.  Zimmerman states that the County is studying aerial photographs for better estimates.

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