Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Speaker(s) name & organization: Thomas S. Dolan, Esq., Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C.
As many nonprofits unfortunately know all too well, property tax exemptions are being more closely scrutinized by tax assessors and the courts than ever before. Recent court cases have challenged long-standing tax exemptions held by hospitals and schools, and assessors have been denying nonprofit applications for exemption from property taxes. In addition, many nonprofits discover during litigation that their charitable immunity is challenged by plaintiffs.
The municipalities and plaintiffs argue that the nonprofits’ property is not used for sufficiently charitable or exempt purposes, or the nonprofits’ activities aren’t sufficiently charitable in nature, to qualify for the exemption or immunity under New Jersey law. As the courts have noted, the fact that the IRS has recognized a nonprofit as a public charity is not the determinative factor in deciding whether the nonprofit is entitled to the exemption or immunity.
The New Jersey courts have issued a dizzying array of decisions on these two topics; decisions that are often hard to understand and reconcile. This new webinar is designed to:
- Provide an overview of the tests that New Jersey courts apply in deciding whether a nonprofit is exempt from property taxes and entitled to charitable immunity from lawsuits, and
- Provide practical, proactive steps nonprofits can take to improve the odds that courts will rule in favor of the nonprofits on these two issues
To help illuminate these issues, this webinar will highlight exemption and immunity cases that have at times resulted in divergent outcomes due to how the courts evaluated the facts and circumstances in each case.
Thomas S. Dolan, Esq., from Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C.
Mr. Dolan is an experienced commercial litigator representing clients in commercial and residential property tax appeals. His practice includes litigating the value of virtually all types of property and representing nonprofits in complex tax exemption matters. His experience includes arguing a significant tax exemption case before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, where he successfully represented a group of national mental health organizations in preserving tax exemptions for supportive housing units for the developmentally disabled. Advance Housing, Inc. v. Township of Teaneck (2013). He is a regular speaker on exemption and tax appeal matters for the New Jersey State Bar Association.
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