Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP bills target 'dark store' big-box tax strategy based on Madison court ruling

May 4, 2017 Republican state lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax burdens to small businesses and homeowners.

Mark Sommerhauser Wisconsin State Journal
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers look to close ‘dark store’ loophole

Legislation being introduced at the Capitol could change the way major retailers have their property taxes assessed.

The package of bills from Republican lawmakers would reverse a 2008 State Supreme Court ruling that changed . . .

Andrew Beckett Wisconsin Radio Network
Posted on: April 21, 2017

Walgreens loses tax lawsuit that could have cost Kentucky schools millions

The Kentucky Supreme Court declined this month to hear an appeal brought by Walgreens Co., presumably ending a longstanding legal battle between the pharmacy chain and Fayette County officials that threatened to strip hundreds of millions of dollars . . .

Valarie Honeycutt Spears Lexington Herald Leader
Posted on: April 10, 2017

Target, Menards, Farm & Fleet in battle with city


WAUKESHA — Some bigbox stores in the city are furthering the monetary burden on taxpayers.

The Freeman 04/04/2017 - Page A04
Posted on: March 30, 2017

Let there be light


OZAUKEE COUNTY — The state Legislature is expected to come forward soon to close a tax loophole that big box stores have been using to slash their tax bills.

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Big box stores gird for battle with Wisconsin cities

A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to. . .

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Retailers' tax dodge shifts burden to homeowners

Recently I went to Madison as part of a delegation of Stevens Point elected officials for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ lobby day. At the top of the agenda: a tax dodge that major retailers are using to avoid paying their fair share . . . .

David Shorr, for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Posted on: February 27, 2017

Another Milwaukee area Walgreens store building sold


Cudahay Walgreens building sells for twice its assessed value.

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Can Walgreen Stance on Property Tax Hurt Income Tax Position of 1031 Investors?


Is Walgreen Co. v City of Oshkosh a case that could have broad reaching tax implications?

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Retailers accused of bullying cities into lowering property tax assessments


Community and business leaders often tout how new commercial developments will increase the local tax base. But two recent court rulings are eating into that idea — and other property owners may feel the tax bite.

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Walgreens and CVS Declare War on Property Taxes


Walgreens boasts convenient locations, a wide array of products, and a killer tax strategy.

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