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Court Ruled That a Nursing Home Operated by the Baptist Health Care Corporation Was Exempt from Real Estate Taxes

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In a property tax case, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a nursing home operated by the Baptist Health Care Corporation was exempt from county real estate taxes. The facility was built and is operated as a statewide ministry to the elderly. Revenues from residents do not cover expenses incurred in operating the facility, and contributions from Baptist churches are used to cover the deficit.

The court applied a 7-part test in determining whether a retirement facility qualifies for property tax exemption as a charitable institution: (1) whether rent receipts are applied to upkeep, maintenance and equipment of the institution or are otherwise applied; (2) whether residents receive the same treatment regardless of their ability to pay; (3) whether the facilities are open to all, regardless of their ability to pay; (3) whether the facilities are open to all, regardless of race, creed, color, ...

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  • September 1, 1988

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