Unearthing property tax scandals
This session offers a fast-paced overview of how property tax systems should work and how to identify ones that are broken. From quick-hit investigations to long-term, data-driven series like that recently published by Newsday’s investigative team, we will share numerous ideas for stories that are important to readers and viewers around the world. Learn how to spot intentional or unintentional failures in assessing and property tax exemptions. It’s possible your coverage area’s system is overtaxing low-income or minority property owners.
Matt Clark is an investigative reporter, data analyst and computer programmer who has been a member of Newsday's investigative team since 2013. He worked on the paper’s 2013 police misconduct series that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Public Service. He previously worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Naples Daily News. He graduated in 2006 from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and lives in Long Island, N.Y.
Unearthing Property Tax Scandals
This tip sheet accompanies the IRE conference session of Matt Clark, who conducted Newsday’s Separate and Unequal property tax system investigation that was published in 2017. A PowerPoint presentation presented during the session reviews the basics of property tax systems and how to investigate them. Those topics are not covered in this tip sheet.