Real Estate Tax

Real Estate Tax Questions and Answers:

Will the tax bill be in my name this year?

The tax bill will be in your name if the deed was a straight land transfer. If the property was split or combined, it will not be in your name until next year.

Who is responsible for paying the taxes?

The current owner is responsible for paying all taxes due on the property. Partial payments are not accepted. If you did not purchase the property until later in the year, the taxes should have been prorated and deducted from the selling price at closing or paid to you in cash by the previous owner.

When are tax statements mailed?

The tax bills are mailed the first of November. If you do not receive a tax bill by December 10, you should contact the Collector’s office and request one.

If I do not receive a tax bill on the property I purchased, am I responsible for interest and penalty should the taxes become delinquent?

Yes. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve you from paying the taxes or any interest and penalty due should they become delinquent. All taxes become delinquent if they are not paid by December 31.

If I have a question concerning real estate I purchased, what information would help the Collector’s office in locating that real estate?

Real estate is listed in the tax book by legal description and not by address. Please be prepared to give the legal description from your record of deed, if possible, and the owner as of January 1.

If I have an escrow account for my taxes, will I receive a tax bill?

An informational statement only will be mailed to you. If you do not have an escrow with the company listed, please pay from this statement. The tax statement will be mailed to the lending institution where you have your escrow, providing the lending institution has requested it.