Property taxes are a prime concern of real property owners and Miles & Stockbridge excels at using its statewide resources for successful management of the Maryland property tax appeal process. Because an unsuccessful appeal under certain circumstances may risk a higher assessment, we rarely enter the appeal process without thorough planning to ensure a strong likelihood of success. We have handled appeals for national developers of shopping malls, mixed use (office, warehouse, retail) property owners, and of particular note in the current challenging housing market, owners of residential real estate developments. Our lawyers are frequently successful in first-stage appeals to the property assessor, but are fully prepared to pursue the appeal process to the appropriate Property Tax Appeal Board or to Maryland Tax Court. We have strong working relationships with state tax personnel at each appeal level, and the national network of qualified real estate appraisers with whom we work to prepare an appeal is unsurpassed. While a primary focus of our property tax appeal work is the triennial assessment process, we are also skilled at using a real estate sale to appeal property taxes if the market value established by the transaction is below the tax assessment — a value-added service to clients that typifies the business judgment we bring to the real estate tax-planning process. Additionally, we have developed significant expertise in the application of exemptions, particularly charitable use exemptions, to real property.
For more information on Real Estate Tax Appeals, contact Jeff Reilly via email at [email protected] or via telephone at (410) 823-8241.