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What Will Happen to My 2020 Property Taxes? [Gray Area of the Law]

July 27, 2020

Shareholder Brendan Lynch discusses the impact of COVID-19 on property tax in 2020 and what you need to do to prepare. 

As the pandemic continues to ravage many industries, senior living facilities continue to stand apart as specially impacted properties. From the outset of the COVID-19 crisis, these facilities have been in the news, not only for the devastation the virus has inflicted upon residents and staff, but also for best practices in preventing future outbreaks. As a result, the actual financial impact has taken somewhat of a back seat in the discussion. In Florida, where proposed tax notices come out in August in all 67 counties, this financial impact will come front and center.

Florida has an assessment date of January 1 of the given year, so the working presumption is that there will be little-to-no tax relief afforded any property for the 2020 tax year, unless the Legislature enacts some sort of tax rebate to impacted industries. The reason for no relief in 2020 is because as of January 1, 2020, there was no known impact from the pandemic – that will all be felt in the 2021 tax year (based on 2020 income stream). While tax rebates are being discussed, and pushed by certain trade associations, there is no concrete plan in place for this to happen. [...]

This is an excerpt from a blog post originally written on Gray Area of the Law. To read the entire post, click here.

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S. Brendan

A Virginia native originally with aspirations to become a journalist, Brendan Lynch fell in love with Florida and has made it his home since 2005. He represents both commercial and residential property land owners, as well as tenant business owners, in issues of property tax valuation and eminent domain/condemnation.

Brendan assists property owners throughout Florida with their property tax appeals, including assessment reviews, direct negotiations with county property appraisers, appeals to the Value Adjustment Board, and trial and appellate court proceedings. His clients include apartment projects, big box stores, condominiums, commercial strip centers, hotels, residences, student housing, vacant land, and other retail buildings.

With broad experience handling many different types of exemption applications, Brendan often assists clients from the application stage through challenges, to denial of any exemption, through trial and appellate court proceedings. These exemption applications include agricultural, conservation easements, healthcare, homestead, military housing, non-profit, religious, and senior living.

Typically, the eminent domain cases involve a governmental entity (Florida Department of Transportation, county, city, expressway authority, or other state agency) or private utility with condemnation powers seeking to take land from the property owners. Interestingly, Brendan has also represented condemning authorities on special projects – bringing a perspective from both sides of the table.

Brendan’s love for his adopted hometown of Orlando is reflected in his commitment to the community and its cultural diversity. A long-time advocate for the arts and current Chair of the United Arts of Central Florida’s Board of Directors, Brendan recently helped steer the largest Collaborative Campaign in the organization’s history (over $3M). He has also served in leadership roles for the Adult Literacy League, the Orange County Teen Court, and the Heart of Florida United Way.


  • Achieved property tax assessment reduction for internationally-known hotel from $421 million to $259 million, resulting in millions of dollars of savings.
  • Represented a national building contractor in its application for military housing exemptions, resulting in a change in Florida law and a savings of $17 million dollars for the client.


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