Skip to content

The Center for Property Tax Reform (CPTR) is a joint undertaking between long-time collaborators The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and the Center for the Study of Economics.  Both RSF and CSE share a commitment to increasing understanding and adoption of Land Value Tax (LVT), a form of property tax that differs from the traditional approach because it only levies taxes on land, not improvements.

CPTR works diligently to provide outreach programs, to create customized case studies and impact assessments and incorporates its knowledge and experiences in Pennsylvania and states across the country.  Below is a sample of some of our featured projects, resources, and research – you can view more information on the Center for Property Tax Reform website.

CPTR Mapping Tools


View underutilized land and lots owned by LLCs throughout New York City.

Tax Shift Explorer

From city council district to individual parcels, explore what a split rate tax could do for your city.

NYC Vacant Land

View more than 28,000 vacant and underutilized parcels found throughout New York City.

RSS Recent CPTR Article Feed: Ongoing Research
  • Let this tax wither on the vine
    CPTR is in accord with the basic rules of economics. Adam Smith’s so-called “canons of taxation” are a good jumping-off point for a fundamental understanding of taxation, whether that tax is progressive or conservative. As untrammeled monopolies gain more power in the post-political age, tax burdens inexorably are shifting to what we used to call […]
  • Working Towards a Progressive Property Tax
    CPTR and its parent organizations have demonstrated how a property tax can be made progressive by using the land value tax. Why? Businesses and homeowners in the lower quintiles of value benefit from the tax shift. Why? The percentage of the building’s value to its land value is higher (though individual results may vary).  There’s […]
  • Eat the Poor, Boise Edition
    In a nation with so many problems, it can be jarring to be informed about issues from ‘on high.’ What's not so harsh is finding practical solutions performed by people living with the pain. But, unfortunately, we have to come down to earth and  to be grounded for that. A case in point comes to […]

RSF Staff Contact

Stephanie L. Cullins

Director of External Affairs