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Monday, September 06, 2010

Ind. Decisions - "Union ordered to pay taxes on banquet hall"

6787 Steelworkers Hall, Inc. v. John R. Scott, Assessor of Porter County, a decision issued by the Indiana Tax Court on Sept. 2, 2010 (ILB summary here), is the subject of a story in the Sept. 4th Gary Post-Tribune, reported by Teresa Auch Schultz. Some quotes:

A United Steelworkers local lost its property tax appeal and will have to pay taxes on its banquet hall, according to a state ruling.

The Indiana Tax Court said in its order that Local 6787 had not proven that the facility, which is connected to its union hall at 1100 Indiana 149, was mainly used for educational and charitable reasons.

The banquet hall was finished in 2005, several years after the main union hall was completed. The union had asked that the entire property -- valued at $3.5 million -- be tax exempt and Porter County granted most of the request.

It kept the banquet hall out of the agreement, though, signaling that the union would still have to pay property taxes for that building.

According to the Tax Court order, officials with the union argued that although they rented the banquet hall for weddings and other events, they also used it for Ivy Tech Community College cooking classes for union members and let other not-for-profit groups use it for free.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 6, 2010 01:01 PM
Posted to Ind. Tax Ct. Decisions