Israeli municipal property tax is called Arnona. This is a tax paid to the local municipality by the owner or tenant of property located in that municipality. Property is divided into different categories, such as commercial, residential and industrial. A different price is paid for the various categories of property. Also, each property is measured for its size and the Arnona is paid in accordance.
Discounts and exemptions
If you have received a request to pay your Arnona, but suspect that there is a mistake in the sum you have been asked to pay, you have the legal right to appeal. Also, it's important to know that you might be eligible for different types of exemptions or discounts from payment of Arnona. The municipality won't usually inform a person of its right for discounts from paying this tax, therefore it's useful to know your rights.
Not for profit organizations and religious institutions
Our law firm has gained much experience in representing individuals, not for profit organizations and religious institutions in legal proceedings concerning payment of Arnona. For example, the Israeli law grants a 100% Arnona exemption for a “house of prayer”, such as a Synagogue, Church and Mosque. Certain religious groups own or rent property which is used as a house of prayer, but the local municipality doesn't recognize this. In such cases a legal procedure is required and the appeals committee or Court may eventually grant the Arnona exemption.
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