San Francisco archdiocese wins legal battle on property tax
November 22, 2011
The Archdiocese of San Francisco has won a legal battle to avoid taxes on the transfer of parish properties.
The archdiocese had filed suit in April 2010 against city assessor Phil Ting, who had sought payment of “transfer taxes” on parish and school properties that changed hands during a reconfiguration of the archdiocese. The archdiocese contended that the tax could properly be imposed on properties that were sold, and that an internal reorganization should not trigger the tax.
Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer agreed that the properties transferred from one archdiocesan entity to another were not “sold,” and the tax did not apply.