Taxes Frequently Asked Questions....
What do I do when I buy
The final responsibility is
yours, as the new owner, to see that all the necessary steps
have been completed. The steps are:
your deed in Probate Court.
the property in the Revenue Commissioner's Office.
any exemption due you.
sure all of this is done no later than December 31 for
all property purchased before October 1, in order to
receive a bill in your name for next year.
your mortgage company has agreed to pay your property
taxes, a copy of the assessment sheet should be mailed
to the company. This will give them complete information
to request a bill for your property.
all address changes promptly.
What are the Classifcation's
In Alabama property is classified as:
II All other property
III Agricultural, Timber, Single family owner occupied
Multiply the appraised value of
property by the proper classification to calculate assessed
value. Taxes are based on assessed value less exemptions which
you qualify for.
What is a Homestead
A homestead exemption is a
reduced tax a property owner may be entitled to if he or she
owns a single-family residence and occupies it on the first day
of the tax year for which they are applying. There are four
types of homestead exemption:
|1 . Regular
Homestead is available to those who own and occupy
single family residences and use this property for no
other purpose. The amount of this exemption is $4,000
assessed value for state and $3,000 for county.
2. Exemption 3 is for
persons over age 65 or who are totally disabled. This
exempts all property taxes on homestead if the taxable
income is less than $12,000.00.
3. Exemption 4 is for
persons over 65, regardless of income. This exemption is
for total state taxes and up to $3,000 assessed value
for county. You will need proof of age or total and
permanent disability and taxable income. Exemptions
should be applied for before December 31 each year.
What do I do if I add or
The law requires that owner, or
their agent, must come in or notify the Revenue Commissioner's
Office no later than December 31st to sign a new assessment
reporting any improvements made to the property on or before
October 1st of that year.
Do I have to pay taxes on
A property owner who owns a
manufactured home, not rented or leased is required by law to
assess in the Revenue Commission office. The law requires a bill
of sale, title (1990 or newer,) and proof that casual sales tax
has been paid.
In Alabama the collection of property taxes has been a source of
revenue for state and local government for many years. It is a
major source of revenue for public education.
What is the timetable for
Taxes are collected on the
following schedule for the year that ended on September 30th:
What are the
methods of payment to pay my taxes?
|1 . Taxes
are due every year October 1 and are delinquent after
the 31st of December.
2. Payments are made as
Come to the Revenue Commissioner's Office and make
payment by cash, check or money order.
b. Payments may
be paid by mail.
c. Ask your
mortgage company to pay your bill.
3. If you purchased
property during the year, make sure the taxes are paid.
The bill will usually be in the previous owner's name
since taxes are assessed for the previous year. You are
responsible for taxes on property you own, regardless of
how the tax bill may be listed.