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Recent Developments in Colorado Regarding the Taxation of Church Property

A Colorado court ruled that two vacant lots owned by a church were exempt from property tax because they were used one day each year for religious purposes.

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Key point. Church-owned vacant land may be exempt from taxation if it is used at least occasionally for religious purposes.

A Colorado court ruled that two vacant lots owned by a church were exempt from property tax because they were used one day each year for religious purposes. This ruling will be of relevance to any church that is paying property taxes on vacant land. The church in question owned two vacant lots-one near the church, and the second some distance away. The church was the only user of the two lots, and used each lot one day each year for activities that it claimed were in furtherance of its religious mission. The church hoped to construct structures on each lot for church use, but it lacked the funds to do so. A local tax assessor ruled that the lots did not qualify for exemption because the quantity and extent of the church's use was insufficient. A board of tax appeals ...

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  • July 1, 1999

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