“Nothing is certain except death and taxes.”
Over 230 years later, this quote by American forefather, Ben Franklin is still very accurate. Especially since property taxes are one of the oldest forms of government-enforced taxation.
What are property taxes?
Property taxes are defined as “a tax levied on real or personal property.” All 50 states in the U.S. have property taxes. As with any real property, taxes are due annually to support local schools, services, infrastructure, and community areas. Taxes are typically set and managed by local jurisdictions.
How are property taxes calculated?
In addition to location, several factors play into property tax rates. In some counties, properties are assessed regularly and in others, properties are only assessed when they’re being sold. To determine the tax for a property, the assessed value of the property is multiplied by the tax rate for that area.
Based on recent research, New Jersey has the highest property taxes while Louisiana is the most tax-friendly state.
Learn more about how to calculate property taxes, here.
Who is exempt from paying property taxes?
Similar to the tax rate, exemptions vary by location. Speaking with a local tax collector is highly suggested for specific information in your area. Exemptions are commonly available to veterans, senior citizens, and those who are disabled. In most areas, there are also exemptions for government, religious, and non-profit properties.
What happens if you don’t pay your property taxes?
When property tax goes unpaid it becomes delinquent. Eventually, a lien is placed on the property which acts as collateral for the delinquent taxes.
Can someone take your property by paying the delinquent taxes?
The requirements in each state vary. However, all states permit tax sales in which the property owner can eventually lose possession of their land. This is where the importance of Certified Mail comes into play.
In order to have a lien sale, the probate court must approve a decree for the tax collector. The property owner must be notified before and after the court proceedings. One such way of notifying the property owner is with a certified letter.
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