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Assessment Community Weekly 08/20/18

Reminder: Review your sales reports by August 31

It’s crucial that you review your sales reports because we use that data to begin the process of calculating 2018 equalization rates and RARs. The reports are available in the Online Assessment Community.

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Updated 487 recently asked question

We’ve updated our recently asked questions on the topic of solar energy systems. Specifically, we updated the answer to question twelve regarding municipalities and non-profits. Although property must be owned by the exempt entity to qualify for the exemption, record title is not necessarily required. The courts have recognized that indicia of ownership may suffice, depending on the facts.  For more information, see question twelve and the related cases in Legal Property Tax Questions – Asked and Answered on the topic of Solar Energy Systems.

Your Enhanced STAR IVP questions

Q: Will the schedule of reporting and editing in the IVP tool change compared to prior years?

A: Yes. The tool will no longer close for reporting purposes. It will be available year-round for editing, and we will publish reports periodically in the Online Assessment Community. We will make you aware of scheduled outages for system maintenance.

Q: If a property in the IVP changes ownership due to death or other reason, should I update the information in the IVP tool?

A: Yes. Please delete deceased taxpayers and update records where there have been primary residence or owner changes.

For many more of your questions and answers, see Enhanced STAR Income Verification Program: Questions and answers for assessors.