The Real Estate Department at HFN has unique expertise and extensive experience in the field of municipal taxation. Our Municipal Taxation Practice provides counsel with respect to development fees, municipal taxes [arnona], betterment surcharges, construction fees and other mandatory municipal payments. The practice is led by Adv. Sharon Petel, a partner at our office, with more than 16 years of experience in all real estate matters, with a particular emphasis on the field of municipal taxation.
The practice advises local authorities, as well as to some of the largest taxpayers in the Israeli economy, including: owners of real estate assets, hi-tech companies, telecommunication companies, start-ups, banks, manufacturing companies, government-owned companies, infrastructure companies, multi-national companies holding assets in Israel, non-profit organizations, etc. In addition, our firm also advises contractors and entrepreneurs on strategies devised to reduce development and betterment fees imposed on them.
HFN’s services include legal representation of our clients in municipal taxation litigation proceedings before various legal bodies. This includes representation in appeals before the Israeli High Court of Justice, administrative petitions and appeals before the administrative courts, as well as objections and appeals before the relevant appeal committees, such as municipal tax appeal committees, the compensation and betterment fee appeal committees, etc. Additionally, we counsel clients throughout the preparation of relevant expert opinions, provide consultation on all matters pertaining to development agreements made between entrepreneurs and the authorities, draft legal opinions on complex issues as well as provisions, and conduct negotiations on all other relevant legal services in these areas.
HFN is a leader in the Israeli market in the field of municipal taxation, in terms of both the scope and the significance of the cases we handle. Our firm advises on many matters at scopes of hundreds of millions of NIS while also handling numerous legal proceedings, which are both precedential and noteworthy. HFN has brought about significant savings to the taxpayers it represents, including entrepreneurs, contractors and real estate property owners, by reducing their development and betterment liabilities.