Laws & Taxes

Laws & Taxes

Lawsuit Filed Against Tucson Business Accused of Scamming Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Sonia Hodgin and Hodgin & Co, LLC (“Defendants”). Defendants are accused of violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act by charging struggling homeowners thousands of dollars for foreclosure assistance services and failing to provide those services.

Non-partisan Legal Review Validates Gosar Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Law

U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a legal review  of the Congressman’s legislation, the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement, validating his previous assertions:

Supreme Court Decision Strikes Down Arizona Sign Law

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona,is likely to affect sign rules and regulations in many communities across the country. The American Planning Association (APA) filed an amicus brief in support of the Town of Gilbert. APA is disappointed in the outcome; however, planners are ready to work with communities in implementing updated regulations in response to the ruling that continue to respond to the needs and interests of local residents

Sinema Votes to Provide Certainty for Arizona Families, Small Businesses

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema today voted in favor of H.R. 1105, legislation to repeal the estate tax and provide certainty for Arizona families and small businesses.

Kirkpatrick fights for rural counties, introduces bill to permanently fund critical PILT program

WASHINGTON - January 16, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., today introduced legislation to permanently authorize the Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT) program, which is critical to rural counties that suffer losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal land within their jurisdictions. PILT was not included in the FY14 Omnibus Funding bill.

Rep. Paul Gosar’s Legislation to Protect Property Rights Passes U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 18, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, the Mountainaire Relief Bill (H.R. 862), introduced by U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (R-AZ) and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), with a vote of 395-1. This legislation settles a federal land boundary dispute by correcting a decades-old surveying error that put part of some people's private property inside the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest

2012 Arizona Commercial Real Estate Public Policy Wrap Up (NAIOP-AZ)

Considering the 50th state legislative session wrapped up late yesterday and state legislators are in the process of running for re-election come November, now...

"US Real Estate and Consumer Financing Demands Resolution of Corrupt Loan Modification Services: ...

New York, NY - January 26, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Vince Ferrante, Tucson resident, is a single dad, responsible father and employee, native of Innsbruck, Austria adopted as an infant with his identical twin brother. He’s pretty disillusioned as an American citizen trying to meet his responsibilities because, for one year, he’s been the victim of a financial fraud scheme initiated by Paragon Financial Solutions, LLC

Phoenix Homeowners to See Lower Property Tax Rates

Phoenix, AZ - September 6, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Phoenix property owners will soon receive this year's property tax assessments in the mail and the average Phoenix homeowner will pay a lower tax bill to the city. Phoenix's property tax rate is $1.82 per $100 of assessed value. This rate has not changed in 14 years.

Truth in Taxation Notice: Total Rate Unchanged, Property Tax Levy Will Decrease

Phoenix, AZ - June 7, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The city of Phoenix is publishing a Truth in Taxation notice which is required by Arizona Revised Statutes. As the state law requires, the notice only addresses the primary portion of the city’s property tax levy. However, the city’s total property tax rate remains unchanged

Attorney General Holder, Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force Announce New Funding Distribution for Enforcement...

WASHINGTON, DC - March 26, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- Representatives of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, including Attorney General Eric Holder, met in Phoenix today for the second of a series of Mortgage Fraud Summits. The task force, established by President Barack Obama in November 2009 to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes, is comprised of representatives from a broad range of federal agencies, regulatory authorities, inspectors general, and state and local law enforcement

Free Fair Housing Workshop Offered

December 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Learn about fair housing practices and laws at a free three-hour workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 15, at the Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., assembly room A. This workshop will offer ADRE-authorized fair housing REALTOR® re-licensing credit and is presented in partnership with the Southwest Fair Housing Council.

Mitchell Applauds Final Passage of Bill Extending and Expanding Homebuyer Tax Credit

Legislation to Extend, Expand Homebuyer Tax Credit Headed to President's Desk WASHINGTON, DC - November 6, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The House voted overwhelmingly today for a measure backed by U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell to extend the homebuyer tax credit beyond its current November 30 expiration date and broaden eligibility for the tax break. The measure passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 403-12 after passing the Senate 98-0. It now moves to the White House for the President's signature, which is expected this week.

Mitchell, Calvert: Don’t Let the Homebuyer Tax Credit Expire

WASHINGTON, DC - October 2, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Reps. Harry Mitchell and Ken Calvert (R-CA) are inviting their colleagues in the House to join them in support of the bipartisan Homebuyer Tax Credit Act, H.R. 1245, to extend and expand the Homebuyer Tax Credit.

Terry Goddard Files Lawsuit to Stop Alleged Property Tax Scam

Phoenix, AZ - August 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced that he has filed a lawsuit and obtained a temporary restraining order to stop the perpetrators of an alleged fraud that claimed a homeowner’s property qualified for a “property tax reduction review.” The official-looking advertisement appeared to be an attempt to scam homeowners who were looking to reduce their property tax bill.

Mitchell Hails Increased Support for Proposal to Extend, Expand Homebuyer Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, DC - August 17, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- As the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit is working to help stabilize the housing market support is growing in Arizona and across the country for a proposal backed by U.S. Rep Harry Mitchell to extend the tax credit

Mitchell: Senate Proposal to Extend $8,000 Homebuyer Tax Credit a Good First Step

Renews call for expansion as well as extension. WASHINGTON, DC - August 10, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Rep Harry Mitchell today welcomed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's call to extend the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit as a good first step and renewed his call to expand, as well as extend, the tax credit.

Taxes for streetlights will drop for about 27,000 properties in special districts

June 22, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Property taxes that keep streetlights lit around 27,000 homes and businesses will drop next year, after the City Council voted June 16 to roll back funds being held in reserve for the city’s 355 separate streetlight tax districts.

Council set to lower property tax rate after budget approval

June 11, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) – The city’s share of local property tax bills, now about 11 percent, is expected to dip lower under a 2009-10 city budget and budget-related measures recently adopted by the City Council.

Truth in Taxation notice published; city property taxes to remain a fraction of owners’...

May 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Scottsdale this week is publishing a Truth in Taxation notice, as required by Arizona state law, which deals solely with the city’s primary property tax levy. The city’s “combined” (primary and secondary) property tax rate is expected to remain unchanged next year.

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Strong Bipartisan Support for Gosar Grand Canyon Bison Management Act

“This legislation should be the gold standard for developing practical, bipartisan solutions at the local level without spending a dime of taxpayer dollars.” Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3005, the bipartisan Grand Canyon Bison Management Act

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Strong Bipartisan Support for Gosar Grand Canyon Bison Management Act

“This legislation should be the gold standard for developing practical, bipartisan solutions at the local level without spending a dime of taxpayer dollars.” Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3005, the bipartisan Grand Canyon Bison Management Act