Who is responsible for the taxes when property has been split?
Real estate tax bills are sent out as the property existed on January 1st of the taxing year. Generally, real estate taxes are based on the previous years real estate tax bill and are prorated at the time of closing. The seller usually credits the buyer with funds that cover the amount of time that the seller has occupied the premises since the first of the year. The real estate tax bill will be printed and mailed to the previous owner. The previous owner will turn the bill over to the new owner for payment. A Title Company or an Attorney as a means to ensure payment of taxes for a given year may hold monies in escrow. An individual should discuss the payment of taxes with a Title Company representative or an Attorney prior to closing to determine how real estate taxes will be fairly apportioned.

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1. How are parcel identification numbers, and assessment/tax information created and updated?
2. How long does it take to process documents and enter new splits?
3. Can you give me the new parcel number if I have the old parcel number?
4. Who is responsible for the taxes when property has been split?
5. If I purchase a split parcel will I receive a tax bill?
6. Why does it say “DEED IN ERROR” on my tax bill (or assessment notice)?
7. What do I do to combine parcels?
8. Who owns the property?
9. How often is ownership information updated?
10. Who and how do I inform someone of a change of mailing address?
11. Is a change of address reflected in the assessment notice and the tax billing?
12. How can I view tax map information?
13. Can I get a copy of the tax map?
14. What is the lot size or acreage?
15. How up to date is the tax map?
16. Who do I contact with parcel boundary questions?
17. Where can I get a plat book?
18. Where can I get an aerial photo of a tract of land?
19. Is there a survey of the property and how do I get a copy?
20. Does a survey automatically split a property?
21. Why isn’t there a survey on my property?
22. How do I obtain an address for a new home?
23. Who names the streets and assigns addresses and what is the naming scheme?
24. What side of the street is an address located.
25. How can I find the location of an address?
26. Who is my assessor?
27. Where can I find pertinent information (age, size, # of bedrooms) for a home?
28. What is the date of the latest sales, the sales price, and recording information?
29. What school district is a property in?
30. What are the taxes and when are they paid?
31. Can I get a copy of the deed?
32. Are there any easements?
33. Is the property in a floodplain?
34. Where do I get a Condominium or Subdivision Plat?
35. Where do I vote and who are my representatives?