Overview

Brent Auberry helps clients understand, comply with, and resolve disputes related to local and state taxation. He represents property taxpayers across Indiana in real property tax assessment appeals and economic development/abatement matters involving office buildings, apartments, manufacturing facilities, and other commercial and industrial properties, as well as riverboat casinos. Brent advises clients on personal property tax matters and counsels taxpayers on property tax exemptions and tax legislation. He represents taxpayers before the Indiana Department of Revenue and Tax Court on sales and use, income, gaming and other taxes.
Brent is the author and creator of TaxHatchet.com — a blog exploring developments on state and local tax (SALT). The blog analyzes, discusses and summaries SALT issues, including rulings, determinations and policy initiatives by courts and administrative agencies, as well as tax legislation. Brent, who writes and speaks on a variety of state and local tax topics, has been Regional Editor for the American Bar Association's Property Tax Deskbook and is co-author of its Indiana Chapter.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Iowa
Indiana

Clerkships

Indiana Tax Court, Hon. Thomas G. Fisher, 1999-2001

Education

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Indiana Law Review (articles editor) (1998)

University of Southern Indiana
B.A. summa cum laude (1995)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • The Impact of Market Segmentation on the Future of Indiana Property Tax Appeals
    Co-presenter, 2017 Indiana Tax Conference, 2017
  • Do Merger & Acquisition Prices Reflect Fair Market Value for Ad Valorem Tax Purposes for Real Estate
    Co-presenter, Institute for Professionals in Taxation, 41st Annual Conference, July 2017
  • Limited Market Properties Should Not Limit Your Appeals
    Co-presenter, Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT) Annual Conference, Traverse City, Michigan, June 2016
  • Five Ways Property Owners May Qualify for Property Tax Exemptions in Indiana
    Heartland Real Estate Business, April 2016
  • The Procedural Force Awakens
    Indiana Continuing Education Forum, Indiana Property Tax Institute, Indianapolis, March 2016
  • Property Tax Update: Lessons From Indiana
    Co-presenter with David Suess, National Property Taxpayers Association, Chicago, October 2015
  • Top 10 Indiana Tax Developments for Manufacturers
    Co-presenter with Ben Blair, Indiana Tax Conference, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indianapolis, August 2015
  • Indiana Tax Update
    Co-presenter with Francina Dlouhy, Tax Executives Institute, Inc., Indianapolis, June 2015
  • What's the Basis for Your Assessment?
    American Property Tax Counsel (APTC), May 2015
  • Keeping Secrets Secret — Protecting Taxpayers' Confidential Information in Tax Appeals
    Co-presenter with Daniel Roy, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Tax Conference, Indianapolis, October 2014
  • Indiana Property Tax Exemptions for Nonprofits: Law, Procedures & Recent Developments
    Co-presenter with Francina Dlouhy, Indiana State Bar Association CLE, Indianapolis, October 2014
  • A Dash of SALT
    Indy Bar State & Local Tax Mid-Year Review, Indianapolis, July 2014
  • Chemicals, Computers, Clear Wrap, Construction Material and Catwalks — Indiana Department of Revenue Rulings on a Cacophy of Sales and Use Tax Protests in 2014
    Tax Talk, Indiana Manufacturers Association, July 2014
  • Protecting Taxpayers: Indiana Shifts Burden of Proof to Assessors
    National Real Estate Investor, July 8, 2014
  • Show Me the Money! Responding to an Assessor's Request for Income/Expense Information
    14th Annual Property Tax Institute, ICLEF, March 2014
  • A Question of Fair Market Value
    Author, Heartland Real Estate Business, May 2013
  • Selected Sales and Use Tax Rulings: September to December 2012
    Author, Indiana Manufacturers Association Tax Talk, January 2013
  • American Bar Association Property Tax Deskbook
    Regional Editor of Publication and Co-author of Indiana Chapter

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Taxation Section Counsel, 2012-17
  • Law360 — Tax Editorial Advisory Board, 2014

Civic Activities

  • Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute — Board of Directors, 2011-present (Chair, 2016-17; Chair Elect, 2015-16; Treasurer, 2014-15; and Secretary, 2013-14)
  • Indy Reads — Board of Directors, 2010-15 (President, 2013; Vice President, 2012; and Secretary, 2011)
  • Indianapolis Airport Authority — Land Use Advisory Committee, 2010

Honors

  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation — Property Tax Article of the Year Award for co-authoring "Invalid 'Dark Box' Property Tax Claims Misinform Indiana and Michigan Legislatures" in July 2016 edition of IPT Insider, 2017
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014
  • Charles L. Whistler Pro Bono Award — Faegre Baker Daniels, 2009
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