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Happy Independence Day!

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Thursday, 02 July 2015 by Advantax

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Happy July 4th from the Advantax family to your family. Thank you to all who have served or are serving to protect our freedom!

“Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” Louis D. Brandeis

Happy Independence Day!

Differentiating between Real & Personal Property

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Thursday, 25 June 2015 by David H. LeVan

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Property tax professionals are often challenged with the question of whether an asset should be classified as real property or personal property. Here’s an oldie but goodie PropTax tutorial to help you differentiate between real & personal property.

Also, best wishes for those of you taking the Property Tax CMI exam this weekend!

 

A Penny for Your Thoughts? A Penny for Your House?

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Thursday, 18 June 2015 by David H. LeVan

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A Penny for your Thoughts? A Penny for your House?

When you see a penny on the ground, do you pick it up? Some of us would. I mean it’s free money after all. However, I’m guessing that some of us would evaluate the work involved with the relative low value of the penny and opt out. According to a Gallup Poll, almost half of the U.S. population no longer believes the penny is a useful coin and that the government should continue using it.

But what if that penny could save your home from foreclosure? According to Fox 29 news, a 78 year old woman in San Antonio unfortunately found this to be the case. Regina Wesley paid her property taxes like she always does but because of a computer glitch in the system she received a delinquent bill for one penny. The bill also stated that her home may be subject to foreclosure due to the unpaid balance.

After receiving several of the delinquent notices and sending a certified letter with no response, she got in her car and drove with her penny to the collector’s office. A penny for her thoughts….. “I mean you can look at me and tell I’m not a teenager. It’s a burden for me to have to get up, shower, put on make-up, drive down to that office and sit there to pay a penny”.