Important Information for Appealing Your New Assessment Under AVI
Date: 11/25/13
If You Are Appealing Your New Assessment Under AVI

A bill was passed in Philadelphia City Council would extend to owners of commercial real estate the same break residential property owners receive who are appealing their new assessments under the Actual Value Initiative (AVI). Namely this bill allows commercial property owners, like residential property owners, to pay taxes on the previous assessed value pending the outcome of an appeal. If they lose, only then must they pay any tax increase.

The Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia fought for the passage of this Bill. MAP reported to city council that many of our members have received assessments that run anywhere from eight to ten times their previous assessed values. Extending the rule change to commercial property owners (our manufacturers) would simply make the system fairer. If you appeal, you dont have to pay the new assessment amount, then upon winning that appeal, wait for the city to refund your money.

The change would also apply to the Use and Occupancy (U&O) Tax, an analogue to the property tax that applies to proprietors of businesses that own or lease commercial space; that bill would limit commercial proprietors tax liability to their bills for fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013) pending the outcome of any appeal.

For More Information Contact:
Christina Rockwell
MAP Director, Member Services and Legislative Affairs
215.948.9285 x 105
christinar@manufacturingonline.org
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