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In November 2020, California voters will decide whether to fundamentally change how real property is taxed in the state. Proposition 15, if approved, would establish a “split roll” property tax regime, whereby commercial and industrial properties would be taxed differently than residential properties. It would amend the California Constitution to require commercial and industrial properties, except those zoned as commercial agriculture, to be taxed based on their current market value, rather than purchase price subject only to annual increases not exceeding 2%.

Continue reading the full GT Alert, California Voters to Decide Whether to Increase Property Taxes on Commercial and Industrial Properties.

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Photo of Bradley R. Marsh Bradley R. Marsh

Bradley R. Marsh is Co-Managing Shareholder of the San Francisco office and focuses his practice on tax controversy matters, including property, sales, payroll, business license, employment, franchise, parcel, district, documentary transfer, transient occupancy, utility user, income, parking, gift and estate taxes. He serves…

Bradley R. Marsh is Co-Managing Shareholder of the San Francisco office and focuses his practice on tax controversy matters, including property, sales, payroll, business license, employment, franchise, parcel, district, documentary transfer, transient occupancy, utility user, income, parking, gift and estate taxes. He serves as a co-chair of the State and Local Tax (SALT) Practice. Brad represents clients in audits, litigation and administrative hearings, as well as analyzing transactions and business models, and developing strategies for legislative resolutions.

Photo of Cris K. O'Neall Cris K. O'Neall

Cris K. O’Neall focuses his practice on ad valorem property tax and assessment counseling and litigation (appeal hearings and trials). For over 25 years, he has represented a variety of California taxpayers in equalization proceedings before county assessment appeals boards, the State Board…

Cris K. O’Neall focuses his practice on ad valorem property tax and assessment counseling and litigation (appeal hearings and trials). For over 25 years, he has represented a variety of California taxpayers in equalization proceedings before county assessment appeals boards, the State Board of Equalization, the Superior Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the California Supreme Court.

The clients Cris has served include owners of the following property types:

  • Healthcare (hospitals, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, medical office buildings)
  • Hospitality (hotels and resorts)
  • Entertainment and recreation (entertainment venues, theme parks, golf courses, ski areas)
  • Retail (shopping centers, department stores)
  • Energy and natural resources (oil refineries, power plants, oil and gas fields, pipelines, quarries, service stations)
  • Public properties (airport concessions, port terminals, marinas, U.S. Forest Service land)
  • Food processing plants and distribution facilities/warehouses
  • Machinery & equipment, personal property (jet aircraft, harbor cranes)
Photo of C. Stephen Davis C. Stephen Davis

C. Stephen Davis focuses his practice on property tax counseling and controversies in the real estate, energy, oil, hospitality and healthcare industries. He litigates property tax controversies before local assessment appeals boards, superior courts, courts of appeal, and the California Supreme Court. His…

C. Stephen Davis focuses his practice on property tax counseling and controversies in the real estate, energy, oil, hospitality and healthcare industries. He litigates property tax controversies before local assessment appeals boards, superior courts, courts of appeal, and the California Supreme Court. His practice also includes participating in rule-making and other proceedings before the California State Board of Equalization.

Ruben Sislyan

Ruben Sislyan focuses his practice on California state and local tax controversies at the audit, administrative, and judicial levels. He has broad experience representing Fortune 500 and middle-market companies, closely held businesses, start-ups, families, and individuals in a wide range of state and

Ruben Sislyan focuses his practice on California state and local tax controversies at the audit, administrative, and judicial levels. He has broad experience representing Fortune 500 and middle-market companies, closely held businesses, start-ups, families, and individuals in a wide range of state and local taxes, including corporate franchise/income, personal income, sales and use, property, tobacco, and gross receipts and other local taxes.

Ruben helps clients navigate through all stages of California’s complex administrative tax controversy process. He regularly practices before California’s state and local tax agencies and tribunals, including the Franchise Tax Board, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, the State Board of Equalization, the Office of Tax Appeals, and the Los Angeles Office of Finance. Ruben also has experience representing clients in California courts and challenging unlawful taxes.

Photo of Jennifer A. Vincent Jennifer A. Vincent

Jennifer A. Vincent is an associate in the Audits, Litigation & Criminal Tax Defense Group, focusing on federal and state tax controversies and litigation. Ms. Vincent represents both individuals and companies in proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service and before California taxing authorities…

Jennifer A. Vincent is an associate in the Audits, Litigation & Criminal Tax Defense Group, focusing on federal and state tax controversies and litigation. Ms. Vincent represents both individuals and companies in proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service and before California taxing authorities, including the Franchise Tax Board and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. She also assists clients with compliance counseling for both federal and state-based tax issues.

Ms. Vincent has considerable experience in defending clients in federal offshore audits and income tax examinations and in California income, sales and use tax, and property tax matters.