Clark Hill Attorneys Report on The Evolving State of Pa. Property Tax Assessment Appeals

Jan 17, 2020

The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that "All taxes shall be uniform, upon the same class of subjects, within the territorial limits of the authority levying the tax and shall be levied and collected under general laws," which is known as the uniformity clause.

Clark Hill attorneys Hal D. Coffey, Joshua M. Farber, and David M. DelGreco recently published a piece in The Legal Intelligencer, citing example on the Pennsylvania tax assessment process, and how it is unlike any other in the United States. Pennsylvania does not have a state agency to oversee the property valuation and assessment process or to supervise and ensure uniformity in the assessment process from county to county. Instead, each county in Pennsylvania has a designated chief assessor responsible for supervising the assessment office that determines assessed values for local real estate taxation.

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Coffey assists parties seeking to acquire, develop, maintain and sell commercial property. Such commercial properties include affordable housing developments, apartment buildings, hotels, shopping centers, parking garages and a combination of such. As a member of Clark Hill’s Real Estate group, he concentrates his practice in all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing, property taxes, land use and zoning.

Farber is a member of the Real Estate group, and focuses his practice on commercial real estate development and leasing projects as well as a wide range of legal matters including mergers and acquisitions, formation and structuring of business entities,  private equity and venture capital transactions, securities offerings and disclosure compliance, and general corporate transactions.

DelGreco is an associate in Clark Hill's Real Estate group. He has experience in conducting zoning hearings, land use appeals, draft pleadings and arguing motions. DelGreco has also represented buyers and sellers in completing commercial real estate acquisition and refinance transactions.