Real Property Tax

Reduce property tax assessments and generate savings for your commercial and complex properties by identifying and quantifying opportunities to negotiate and settle excessive assessed values.

Avoid paying more than your fair share of property taxes and maintain a competitive marketplace advantage so you stay focused on value-added business tasks.

Proactively identifying excessive assessments, quantifying the applicable issues, and negotiating and appealing property taxes can help ensure your real estate tax liabilities are fair and equitable. Review, analyze, and appeal your property taxes with guidance from our professionals.

Properties Eligible for Potential Savings

Though any business that pays property tax can potentially benefit from assessment reductions, industries and property types that may uncover savings opportunities include:

  • Properties experiencing recent decline-in-value issues due to increased vacancy, tenant concessions, or below-market rents
  • Properties that have never undergone an assessment value review
  • Property portfolios consisting of assets located in multiple jurisdictions, where assessment valuation methodologies may vary
  • Complex properties including electric utilities, power plants, rural electric cooperatives, oil and gas producers, pipelines, and other state-assessed properties subject to central assessment unit value methodologies
  • Newly constructed and recently renovated or remodeled properties, all may result in supplemental notices of value

How the Process Works

After you receive a valuation notice from an assessment authority, we will:

  • Review and analyze data provided as well as information secured from the assessment jurisdiction to determine if assessed values are fair and equitable
  • Identify and quantify issues causing excessive assessed values
  • File assessment appeals when valuations are excessive
  • Initiate informal negotiations with assessing jurisdictions
  • Attend hearings, as necessary, at state and local assessment appeals boards, preparing and presenting appeal evidence

In preparing real estate tax forecasts for budgeting purposes—pre-acquisition, new development, or for existing properties, our professionals:

  • Evaluate pertinent data provided to complete an analysis of the fair market value of the property
  • Review property records from the assessment authority
  • Secure treasurer or tax collector records
  • Determine appropriate ranges of assessed value and tax

Additional Focus Areas

We can also help identify planning strategies and tax savings opportunities by providing:

  • Real estate tax estimates for existing assets
  • Real estate tax forecasts for pre-development and pre-acquisition assets
  • Replacement cost new studies
  • Cost of capital studies
  • Obsolescence analysis
  • Intangible asset studies
  • Exemption analysis
  • Expert witness testimony

Expansive Tax Expertise

Our professionals bring extensive experience serving clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, delivering valuable insight from their previous roles as former state tax auditors, policymakers, and more. We view challenges from the perspective of a property owner and maintain strong relationships with appraisers, attorneys, and other advisors crucial to pursuing your goals.

With expertise in more than 9,000 state and local tax jurisdictions and more than 30 industries, we deliver a collaborative approach that takes the time to understand your unique business needs and contextualize how they could be impacted by the complexities of your sector or area of operation.

Our clients aren’t the only industry leaders who look to us for guidance. We frequently collaborate with influential industry organizations such as CPA state societies, state bar associations, Tax Executive Institute (TEI), Committee on State Taxation (COST), Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), and Praxity—the world’s largest alliance of independent accounting firms.


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