CRIM to Appraise 239,000 Properties
Program Targets Property Tax Evaders
SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s Municipal Revenue Collections Center (CRIM by its Spanish acronym) launched the second phase of its Skala appraisal program to assess the value of some 239,000 properties identified through aerial photographs in 2017.
The properties lack appraisals and tax registration, CRIM said, adding that the agency cannot cannot identify who owns many of them.
The photographic database has 515,505 properties with improvements that the agency plans to appraise for tax purposes and 25,951 pools that have not been registered with the agency.
“We know the properties are there, but many of them have changed (their commercial or residential classification) or have undergone improvements. Instead of raising taxes, what we want is to broaden the tax base,” said CRIM’s executive director, Reinaldo Paniagua Látimer, during a press conference held Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in San Juan.
In April, CRIM announced the acquisition of the Skala program to target property tax evaders. The program’s second phase will use cross-reference techniques with other government databases and in-person property value assessments. Among CRIM’s objectives is to identify structural add-ons and changes to a property’s size that could alter tax estimates.