St. Louis County and St. Charles County property assessment values increased by 4% and 5%, respectively, for the 2015 tax year, according to two separate articles from the Post-Dispatch (St. Louis County; St. Charles County).
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:
In consolidated real estate tax appeals, SSM Health Care (“SSM”) successfully appealed the real estate property assessments dictated by the St. Charles County, Missouri Assessor (and sustained by the St. Charles County Board of Equalization) for tax years 2011 and 2012 on two of its properties. The appeals concerned two adjoining pieces of real estate:
On April 10, 2014, the State Tax Commission determined that the Board of Equalization’s assessment of commercial real estate owned by St. Charles Cine, LLC (the “Movie Theater”) was rebutted by substantial and persuasive evidence by the Movie Theater.