Vertical inequity in the tax assessment of lodging properties


Property taxes constitute a significant expense for owners of lodging properties. Both the real estate literature and the hospitality literature suggest that property tax inequities exist within various taxing jurisdictions and several models for measuring these inequities have been proposed. Measurement of vertical inequity can produce evidence of inequitable assessments that property owners may be able to use to challenge their properties’ assessed values. This study applies several statistical models to measure vertical inequity for hotel properties using sample data. The sample consists of 872 hotels sold between 1999 and 2004 in Florida. The results indicate that vertical inequities do exist in this sample, with lower valued properties being assessed at a higher proportion of market value than higher value properties. The results make the case that owners of properties in lower value ranges should carefully monitor the assessment process to minimize their property tax expense.


Hospitality Leadership

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property tax, tax inequity, hotels

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International Journal of Hospitality Management