FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Property Tax


1.

Why are my taxes so high?

 

Property taxes are determined by three factors: (1) the appraised value of the property (2) tax rate adopted by the governing bodies of each taxing unit (3) exemptions, if any.

2.

What exemptions am I eligible to receive and am I signed up to get these exemptions?

  Contact the Jefferson County Appraisal District at (409) 840-9944 or (409) 727-4611 or at their website.

3.

When are taxes due?

 

Taxes are due when the statements are sent out. However, you have until January 31 following the October mail out. Late charges begin on February 1st in most cases.

4.

I am a senior citizen and cannot afford to pay the full amount.

 

We can offer senior citizens and disabled property owners the option to pay taxes in four (4) payments without late charges on their homes. These property owners need to contact our office in order to set up the schedule. Failure to make the first payment by January 31 will cancel this agreement and penalty and interest will be applied.

5.

My taxes are now delinquent and I cannot pay in full, what can I do?

 

If you owe only the current year taxes and you can pay in full by June 30, you may simply make partial payments; any balance you owe on February 1, will incur the late charges and these late charges will continue to increase the first day of each month. Please be sure to include your account number on your check when you send in your payment. If you owe only the current year tax and cannot pay in full by June 30, you will need to come to our office and sign a payment agreement to avoid legal action which may occur after July 1. If you owe several years, you still may set up a payment agreement in order to avoid legal action.

6.

I had a payment agreement, but failed to make payments. Can I sign a new agreement?

 

Once you have defaulted on a payment agreement, you will be unable to sign a new one. You may make partial payments, but you will no longer be protected from legal action.

7.

Will I get a duplicate statement if the original is sent to my mortgage company?

 

No, beginning with 2007 taxes.

8.

What if I did not receive a statement?

  The property owner must contact the Tax Office if they did not receive a statement. The law puts the burden on the property owner to make sure they receive their statement.



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