Property Tax


As municipal and state governments under financial pressure continuously seek new sources of revenue, it is critical for business property owners to ensure that they are being taxed appropriately. Michael Best’s Property Tax team carefully evaluates our clients’ commercial and industrial real estate to determine whether they are being assessed fairly, and we negotiate with taxing authorities to reduce assessments early in the process at the administrative level.

Michael Best’s status as the exclusive Wisconsin representative of American Property Tax Counsel, the national affiliation of premier property tax law firms in the United States and Canada, guarantees that our clients have access to quality property tax counsel throughout both countries.


When necessary, we apply our well-respected advocacy skills to litigate clients’ assessment cases before municipal boards of review, the Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission, and trial and appellate courts at all levels. We have successfully represented clients before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in landmark property tax cases.

We have extensive experience advising national and regional property owners in tax issues related to complex properties such as:

  • Industrial properties, including plants and distribution centers
  • Power plants
  • Telecommunications networks
  • Office buildings
  • Hotels
  • Shopping centers
  • Retail stores of all sizes and types
  • Subsidized housing
  • Apartment complexes
  • Golf and country clubs
  • Businesses financed by sale-leaseback transactions
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