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Marathon Victorious in Kentucky Pipeline Tax Appeal

May 13, 2022, 7:23 PM

A state appeals court on Friday rejected the Kentucky Department of Revenue’s assertions that a 265-mile oil pipeline must be taxed as real property, affirming Marathon Pipe Line LLC’s view that the pipeline is tangible personal property.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed earlier rulings by the Kentucky Claims Commission and Franklin Circuit Court that concluded tax assessments proposed by an expert for Marathon for the years 2014, 2015, and 2016 were “more accurate and reasonable” than the much higher assessments proposed by the department.

The claims commission characterized the underground pipeline, stretching from Owensboro, Ky. ...

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