The Property Tax “Aha!” Moment for Business Property Owners

By Robert A. Hill, property tax attorney and president, Robert Hill Law, Ltd.

You and your team pay attention to the sale of business properties near to or adjacent to your own properties. You easily find the sale price and likely will calculate the square foot price to compare to your own property’s market valuation.

It’s possible you may have even consider the tax assessor’s valuation of your property, but sat passively in frustration in the fact that the marketplace facts do not mesh with the assessed valuation.

The “Aha!” moment occurs when you hear marketplace stories of property owners or competitors that just saved $5 million in their property taxes. When one bears witness to peers having success that dramatically affects their bottom line year-after-year, curiosity is piqued.

I would suggest to you this: Pay attention to the market of similar properties. Watch for sales of those properties and watch closely those businesses geographically near to your property or very much like the market location of your property. When you see like-property sales that are less than your assessed value per foot, raise that red flag. Understand that good property tax attorneys exist that can quickly drive a compromise that directly affects your bottom line. I welcome your call/email to discuss your property tax red flags. We offer a software solution that simply and quickly can validate your concerns with tangible market facts.

Property Tax Reduction Case Studies:

  • Big Box Home Hardware Retailer – $9 million in savings over three years
  • Big Box Pharmacy Retailer – $2 million in savings over four years
  • Minnesota-based Food Retailer – $3.7 million in savings over three years
  • Well-known Food Brand – $250,000 in annual savings

Author Bio:

Robert “Bob” Hill has, for over three decades, successfully represented major companies in property tax appeals through both negotiations with tax assessors and litigation. His dedication to his clients has helped businesses throughout the United States save tens of millions in property taxes. Mr. Hill has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating of AV-Preeminent for his legal knowledge, communication skills, high ethical standards, and his representation of clients in significant property tax cases.

Now Automated – Property Tax Assessments for Business Property Owners

By Robert A. Hill, property tax attorney and president, Robert Hill Law, Ltd.

Your business property has just been assessed and marketplace knowledge tells you this tax assessment just doesn’t seem right. What to do next?

You need additional facts and you need them quickly. You want a simple means to efficiently find hard facts and determine whether there’s the leverage to save your business hundreds of thousands – or millions – of dollars over the next few years.

We’ve built a proprietary software that offers an unequaled property tax assessment analysis. It’s fast (often completed in minutes), collecting and presenting the facts to prepare a case against the assessor’s valuation. No other property tax firm in the United States has built anything like it.

After a short conversation, we only require a copy of your property tax statement. Results are often tabulated within minutes. To engage our team is simple. Contact us by phone at 952-426-7373, or via our Contact Form. Since we work strictly on a contingency fee basis, there is no risk to you – only the reward that comes from a substantially reduced tax assessment in line with market principles. Put a team of relentless advocates to work for you.

Property Tax Reduction Case Studies:

  • Big Box Home Hardware Retailer – $9 million in savings over three years
  • Big Box Pharmacy Retailer – $2 million in savings over four years
  • Minnesota-based Food Retailer – $3.7 million in savings over three years
  • Well-known Food Brand – $250,000 in annual savings

bobAuthor Bio:

Robert “Bob” Hill has, for over three decades, successfully represented major companies in property tax appeals through both negotiations with tax assessors and litigation. His dedication to his clients has helped businesses throughout the United States save tens of millions in property taxes. Mr. Hill has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating of AV-Preeminent for his legal knowledge, communication skills, high ethical standards, and his representation of clients in significant property tax cases.

Money Minnesota

Minnesota Commercial Property Taxes & Valuations

There are many factors that determine the size of a Minnesota commercial property tax bill.

The most important contributing factors to a Minnesota property tax bill are:

  • the state tax rate
  • local tax levies
  • the class of property owned by a business
  • and the valuation of the property

Minnesota subjects three types of property to taxes:

  • Property owned by a nonprofit community service-oriented organization. (Class 4c(3)(ii) property is subjected to the to tax at a special rate.)
  • Seasonal residential recreational properties (cabins and small resorts.)
  • Commercial and industrial properties, including class 3 commercial, industrial, and public utility property exclusive electric generating machines and certain unmined iron ore property.

Businesses Do Not Want Overvalued Property

There’s very little that a business can do to impact tax rates or property classes, but the proper valuation of a property may result in significant tax savings that can boost the profitability of a company.

In the residential market, increased home values are generally viewed as a positive thing that boosts the net worth of a homeowner. It’s the exact opposite for businesses – a substantial overvaluation of business property can make a company less profitable because it increases the tax burden on the business.

Many tax assessments are outdated or fail to take all relevant factors into consideration. Issues such as hidden renovation costs, pollution or asbestos abatement, and building code changes are often overlooked by Minnesota property tax assessors. These factors may significantly suppress the value of a property tax bill and make a business eligible for a property tax appeal.


The Minnesota tax code is known for its complexity and exceptions, so speak with one of the property tax experts at Robert Hill Law before making any decisions on your Minnesota property tax strategy. Call us at 952-426-7373.

Commercial Building

Terry Branstad Signs Iowa Commercial Property Tax Bill

Iowa has joined the list of states that have lowered their commercial property taxes in order to attract businesses and developers. Iowa governor Terry Branstad signed a bill in Hiawatha yesterday at a local business, the Associated Press reports.

“The tax relief in this bill will put more money in the pockets of Iowa families and make it easier for Iowa businesses to invest in growth,” Branstad said. “It’s a win-win for everybody.”

In addition to providing some income tax breaks, the bill gradually reduces the taxable assessments for commercial properties. The bill also contains property tax relief for apartment buildings and limits how quickly agricultural tax assessments can grow.

Some local officials are concerned that their budgets will shrink dramatically under this new tax regime but Gov. Branstad dismissed these concerns, noting how much the state subsidizes municipalities.