Reed Smith Client Alerts

The 2020 pandemic will financially impact property owners across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. An assessment appeal strategy should be devised in 2020 to prepare for a 2021 appeal.
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The COVID-19 pandemic will significantly affect values of commercial real estate properties in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Many properties have lost or will lose tenants. Others will see sizable income reductions. A property assessment appeal may be an avenue of financial relief. An assessment strategy created in 2020 will go a long way in preparing for a 2021 assessment appeal. Most counties in Pennsylvania require appeals for 2021 to be filed this summer with hearings on those appeals scheduled in the fall.

The Pennsylvania-based attorneys in Reed Smith’s Real Estate Practice Group are available to evaluate your property for a possible appeal and assist with the filing and prosecution of tax appeals.

The Pennsylvania tax appeal deadlines for the 2021 tax year are as follows:

August 1: Adams, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Clarion, Dauphin, Delaware*, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Westmoreland and York counties.

August 15: Berks County.

August 31: Wyoming County.

September 1: Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Juniata, Lebanon, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington and Wayne counties.

*Delaware County Reassessment: Delaware County reassessed for tax year 2021. The informal appeal process has taken place, but there is still time to file a formal appeal by August 1, 2020. Additional information regarding the reassessment can be found in our previous client alert.

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