Overview of Property Taxes

Overview of Property Taxes

Where can I learn more about appealing my property taxes?

Contact your local tax assessor’s office to see what procedures to follow to appeal your property tax assessment. You may be able to appeal your assessment informally. Mostly likely, you will have to go through a formal tax-appeal processes. This will begin with an appeal filed with the appropriate assessment appeals board.

How is a home’s value determined?

You have several ways to determine the value of a home. An appraisal is a professional estimate of a property’s market value based on:

  • Recent sales of comparable properties
  • Location
  • Square footage
  • Construction quality

This service varies in cost depending on the price of the home. On average, an appraisal costs about $300 for a $250,000 house. A comparative market analysis is an informal estimate of market value based on similar sales. Most agents offer free analyses in the hopes of winning your business.  Also, you can get a comparable sales report for a fee from private companies that specialize in real estate data. Another way is to find comparable sales information available on various real estate Internet sites.

Are taxes on second homes deductible?

Mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible on a second home if you itemize. Check with your accountant or tax adviser for specifics.

How do property taxes work?

Property taxes are what most homeowners pay for the privilege of owning a piece of real estate. On average, this is 1.5 percent of the property’s current market value. Annual local assessments are calculated using a variety of formulas to help pay for public services by authorities.

Are property taxes deductible?

Property taxes on all real estate are fully deductible against current income taxes. This includes those levied by state and local governments and school districts.

What is an impound account?

An impound account is a trust account. It is established by the lender to hold money to pay for real estate taxes, as well as mortgage and homeowners insurance premiums as they are received each month.

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