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Property Tax

Ryan's Property Tax practice is the largest in North American with nearly 700 professionals across 39 North American locations. We have a national presence combined with in-depth local expertise and a proven history of substantially minimizing our clients’ property tax liabilities.

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Ryan has been a trusted partner delivering substantial tax savings on our revolving portfolio of commercial properties nationwide. We rely on their expansive market coverage and quality service.
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Property Tax

Ryan’s Property Tax practice is the largest in North America, managing billions of dollars of our clients’ real and personal property, with an emphasis on complex industrial and commercial properties. Ryan’s tax compliance processes and controls ensure complete and accurate reporting in accordance with property tax rules and regulations. Ryan’s multi-disciplined consultants and valuation professionals continually develop and refine our valuation methodologies and tax appeal strategies to address evolving technologies, governmental regulations, competition, and change in market conditions, all of which affect the value of our clients’ assets.

With nearly 700 professionals across 39 North American locations, Ryan combines a national presence with in-depth local expertise to obtain accurate and fair assessments for our clients.

With the rapidly changing ownership and valuation of commercial real estate, multiple opportunities exist for tax reduction and streamlined administration. Our team of Property Tax professionals works with you to develop a real property tax management plan that fits your needs. Our Property Tax services are customizable and flexible—all to ensure you pay the correct amount of property tax liability.

Services Provided

Assessment Review
Our Property Tax consultants research and gather information to ensure your properties are assessed at fair market value. We look at each account and analyze the information using the appropriate valuation approach—cost, sales comparison, and income.  If the decision is to appeal, we work together to set a target value. Along the way, we keep you updated so that you are never left out of the process.

Appeal Services
No step in the appeal process is missed. Ryan Property Tax professionals file your appeal documents, make case preparations, and represent you before any informal or formal administrative panels or boards. We communicate with you throughout the process to preserve your appeal rights beyond the administrative level as necessary. Our Property Tax team will make sure you don’t pay a penny more than you should in property taxes.

Atlas Tax Technology
Our state-of-the-art property tax software tracks your property tax history by parcel and by property organized to fit your company’s requirements. Atlas Tax is available to our clients 24/7 via the Internet, serving as a platform for workflow management and producing superior client reports customized to your company’s specifications.

Budgets and Accruals
Property taxes are one of the largest operating expenses for commercial property. Ryan’s Property Tax professionals help manage your property tax expense through cash and/or accrual budgets for every property in your portfolio.

Pre-Acquisition Reports
Our Property Tax team provides an assessment and tax history of your potential acquisitions. Using our local market knowledge, we provide future tax estimates that consider the potential acquisition prices, so you can be comfortable knowing that all aspects of your acquisition have been researched and analyzed.

Tax Bill Administration - Ryan can handle your company’s tax bills—receiving, tracking, maintaining, and transmitting payment files—so you don’t have to worry about missing bills.

Areas of Expertise
Office
Industrial
Retail
Hospitality
Multifamily
Data centres
Student housing
Hospitals
Assisted living
Medical facilities
Land
Residential

Ryan’s Complex Property Tax practice provides a comprehensive, full-service solution focused on complex and industrial properties. Proven planning strategies, thoughtful and efficient compliance, incisive valuation analyses, and results-oriented appeal representation and support are key elements of the property tax management and consultation services we provide—especially in industries with complex and unique properties. The experienced professionals from Ryan help you manage all elements of the property tax process, while working with you to ensure your company pays only its fair share.

Our Complex Property Tax professionals use well-established and innovative processes, state-of-the-art software, and the latest valuation techniques and theory to provide our clients with timely, objective, and expert valuation analyses for assessment purposes.

Services Provided

Identification of Nontaxable Costs
We review your fixed asset records to analyze software, overhead allocations, intangibles, and other costs to help determine what is subject to taxation, based on each jurisdiction’s laws and rules.

Examination of Asset Capitalization
This is particularly important to determine the taxability for costs related to asset rebuilds, overhauls, upgrades, and other unique circumstances.

Identification of Idle and Underutilized Assets
We help our clients implement strategies to document and properly value idle or underutilized assets. This is an essential element in deriving fair and equitable values in all industries.

Economic/Functional Life and Residual Valuation
We work with your facility and operations personnel to document supportable and realistic asset depreciation lives to recognize the influence on value from issues related to technology and business conditions in your industry.

Income Analysis
For applicable industries, we analyze all elements of “unit” or other income-based valuation models used in the assessment of your property. This includes application of the appropriate cost of capital principles and income stream to be capitalized for your taxable asset base.

Representation throughout the Process
We work closely to advise and consult with your professionals through each stage of the informal and board-level appeals process to ensure that all appropriate issues and factors have been fully analyzed, considered, and presented. We can also provide assistance to your legal counsel with property tax-related litigation.

Valuation Analysis
We employ a comprehensive approach that fully addresses each element of the assessment valuation process. This results in appropriate consideration of all relevant factors as we execute a thorough review and application of the cost, market, and income approaches to value.

Obsolescence Analysis
We apply proven methods to accurately identify, measure, and document all forms of obsolescence (physical, functional, and external) to ensure that loss in value from all sources is fully reflected in your assessed valuations.

Comprehensive, Industry-Specialized Services to Support Clients throughout the Property Tax Cycle 

Preparing proactive, thoughtful personal property returns is an important first step. Our on-staff engineers work with your facility personnel to take advantage of pollution control equipment exemptions many states allow. Our cost of capital studies reflects current financial market conditions that should be considered in the valuation process. Our professionals' ability to identify and document all forms of obsolescence is used to ensure appropriate adjustments are made to your assessed valuations.

Industries Served

Mining
We provide property tax services to virtually all mining industries, including aluminum, coal, limestone, aggregates, nonferrous metals, precious metals, and uranium. Our services include not only the mine and reserves but all facilities—crushing, separation, mixing, smelting, and refining.

Energy
Our energy clients include investor-owned utilities and non-regulated and regulated electric generation and gas distribution companies. We also serve companies in the emerging and dynamic alternative energy sectors of wind, solar, biofuels, and geothermal.

Manufacturing
We serve hundreds of manufacturing companies in a wide variety of segments, including consumer and industrial products, high-tech, building materials, food, aerospace, and automotive. Each of these segments has unique issues and characteristics that influence property tax assessments.

Chemicals
Our representation includes all aspects of chemical and plastics, including commodity and specialty chemicals, agricultural products, industrial gases, and additives and catalysts.

Telecommunications
We provide property tax services for major telecommunication providers. We represent clients in all sectors of the communications industry, including wire-line, wireless, and cable, and have addressed and resolved a wide variety of valuation challenges.

Transportation
We have worked with most major U.S. airlines, including several regional carriers. Our experience and expertise, coupled with thorough, supportable work, have enabled us to assist in effectively managing property tax liability for the airline industry in a difficult and volatile operating environment.

Oil and Gas
Our upstream oil and gas practice is one of the largest in the industry, providing property tax representation in virtually every major producing region in the nation. Our experience and expertise, coupled with our proprietary oil and gas system, provide our oil and gas clients a professional and comprehensive approach to managing the property tax function, whether the need is local or national, for production as well as pipelines, processing equipment, or refineries.

Ryan has the largest group of Property Tax professionals dedicated to the compliance process in the United States. We work with our clients to provide a range of comprehensive services that complement their range of needs from full outsourcing to process improvement and tax-saving opportunities. Ryan can ease the burden of compliance through the efficiencies we have developed to ensure your risks are minimized and your return on investment is maximized.

Services Provided

Property Tax Consulting
From pre-tax year planning to complicated tax minimization strategies, our consultants are available to work in conjunction with a client’s existing tax department.

Seamless Transitions
Ryan’s dedicated implementation teams have experience with every commercially available system on the market.

Industry Expertise
Our consultants have more cumulative personal property experience than any other firm in the industry, so our clients can utilize Ryan’s people and processes to their maximum benefit.

Transparent Processes
Our workflow solutions give you direct access to our work product, which increases confidence and ensures thorough knowledge transfer between your team and ours.

Scalable Solutions
We scale our operations to meet your needs and have the resources required to quickly expand and deploy teams as needed.

Centres of Excellence
Ryan’s three Centres of Excellence located in Houston, Nashville, and Scottsdale allow our professionals to efficiently leverage our North American footprint, drawing on property tax resources located throughout 39 cities, when and where needed, to best serve our clients.

Industries Served

  • Automobile leasing
  • Banking
  • Equipment rental and leasing
  • Food service
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications

Integrated End-to-End Tax Services

Ryan is focused on your overall tax performance—providing innovative solutions to the underlying causes of the errors we identify—and creating greater opportunities to measure and improve your efficiency, develop a more strategic approach to tax, and deliver outstanding value to your shareholders.