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Tax Exemptions for Infrequently Used Property

Court rules that church-owned vacant land is eligible for property tax exemption.

Key point. Undeveloped church-owned property generally is not exempt from property taxation. However, some courts have ruled that such property may be exempt from taxation if its sole, though infrequent, use is for religious purposes.

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that church-owned vacant land was entitled to a property tax exemption despite infrequent religious use. The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that a 10-acre tract of largely vacant property that a church had acquired for future expansion was exempt from property taxation due to its occasional use for church purposes. A church purchased ten acres of land, including two houses. The acreage was divided into two parcels, each consisting of approximately five acres, with a single family dwelling located on each parcel. It was the stated purpose of the church to build a new, larger facility on this property, as well as to provide for an ...

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  • January 1, 2011

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