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2016 PropTax Calendar

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Monday, 25 January 2016 by Advantax

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It’s a new year and you know what that means…thats right a new PropTax Calendar! The 2016 PropTax Calendar is out and available.

Are you currently looking at dates related to property taxes? Assessment dates; return due dates: appeal dates? All good to know if you’re working in the property tax industry. Advantax can make that part easier for you with our 2016 PropTax Calendar.

As with prior year’s PropTax Calendars, the 2016 PropTax Calendar clearly lays out deadlines and other important property tax information. Check out the 2016 PropTax Calendar in the PropTax Center. If you’d like a copy to hang on the wall, please contact us or download it from our website.

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Too Much of a Good Thing?

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Thursday, 20 August 2015 by Advantax

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More is not always better, especially when it comes to the number of local government units that have the ability to raise property taxes. Take Illinois for example (I know, more about Illinois. It’s just such a good source of messed up things to blog about). According to an article by Reuters, Illinois is home of the most local government units in the country, with 8,500 local government units. Over 6,000 of those local units have the power to collect property taxes. Texas, which has twice the population of Illinois, ranks second with 5,150 local government units. Florida, which has 50% more population than Illinois, has a mere 1,650 local units.

The large number of local governments results in taxpayers finding numerous entities showing up on their property tax bills, and some sound kind of similar. For example, in Wauconda, you might see Wauconda Road and Bridge, as well as Road & Bridge Wauconda Gravel and Wauconda Special Road Improvement and Gravel Unit all on the same property tax bill. Why three separate entities that seem to do the same thing? No one seems to know.

One government entity has an annual budget of $120,000 for salaries and benefits and their sole mandated duty is to administer somewhere between $10-50,000 (depending who you talk to) of living assistance to poor residents. Then there’s the 800 separate drainage districts in the state. Why 800? Again, no one seems to know.

Who votes to cut the number of local government units by at least half? Don’t worry if you’re from out of state, or deceased, your vote still counts in the state of Illinois.

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Still Taxing Sheep and Goats of Breeding Age

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Thursday, 06 August 2015 by Advantax

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It’s “throwback” Friday, which means bringing back a favorite PropTax Minute video. This one highlights Property Tax on Sheep. Oddly, West Virginia still taxes the “Sheep and Goats of Breeding Age”. This causes us to wonder, how many sheep and goats of breeding age live in West Virginia? And, who audits that kind of thing? Enjoy. ”