Court Rejects Philadelphia’s Method of Assessing Condominium Properties

A recent Philadelphia Court ruling rejected a new land valuation method used by the city to assess the property tax burden of condominium owners. In rejecting the city’s approach, the court embraced the traditional valuation process more commonly used to assess the amount of property tax condominium owners must pay.

In the 2019 Fogel Lecture, Dana Trier, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, urged the audience to give the “grand experiment” of §199A of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (which provides a deduction for qualified business income from pass-through entities) a chance, despite potentially troubling ambiguities.