Category: PILOTs

The battles of charities’ taxation: Part 4, Whither the real-estate tax exemption?

12 May, 2011 (10:59) | Boston, Innovations, Local issues, Massachusetts, Nonprofits, PILOTs, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Theory, US News, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]    By: David A. Smith    “If they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”   Yesterday’s post (Part 3) established that, as a sympathetic Boston Globe article seems to believe, if the City of Boston can shift the debate away from […]

The battles of charities’ taxation: Part 3, Public-policy pros and cons

11 May, 2011 (10:16) | Boston, Innovations, Local issues, Massachusetts, Nonprofits, PILOTs, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Theory, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   “I walk on untrodden ground.” – George Washington   In the two preceding posts, using a recent Boston Globe article, we saw Boston declare fiscal war on its large land-owning non-profits (Part 1), upsetting a status quo that has persisted for […]

The battles of charities’ taxation: Part 2, The historical case

10 May, 2011 (16:46) | Boston, Innovations, Local issues, Massachusetts, Nonprofits, PILOTs, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Theory, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith    [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” – George Washington   Yesterday’s blog post, the first in a four-part series on the opening of a decadal war over the property taxation of real-estate-owning non-profits, opened with the Boston Globe‘s report […]

The battles of charities’ taxation: Part 1, Boston’s opening salvo

9 May, 2011 (13:52) | Boston, Innovations, Local issues, Massachusetts, Nonprofits, PILOTs, Real estate taxes, Speculation, Theory, US News, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith    Not all wars start with grand strategic plans.  A small-scale skirmish in Concord can come in retrospect to mark the start of a revolution – if that first spark is followed by a larger conflagration.    The tax collectors are coming!  The tax collectors are coming!   A year ago, […]