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8th Circuit Rules Minnesota Property tax refunds are not exempt under state law

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals just released it opinion in Seaver v. Hanson, determining that state property tax refunds are not government assistance based on need. The prior caselaw on the subject at the BAP level, Manty v. Johnson, had…

8th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Property Tax Refund Exemption Case

I had the privilege to argue before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. The issue was whether a Minnesota property tax refund is exempt under Minnesota law as “government assistance based on need.” A Minnesota property tax…

Property Tax Exemption Issue Going to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

As expected, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) has followed its own precedent in determining property tax exemptions are not exempt as "government assistance based on need," and I am appealing the issue to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.…

BAP Takes Property Tax Exemption Case Under Advisement

The 8th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) heard oral arguments in the case of In re Sheri Hanson last week. I represent debtor Sheri Hanson, who is trying to claim an exemption to protect a $1,500 property tax refund, which the State…