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Property Tax / Buying and Selling Properties

Where can I get the latest information about my property?

This information can be obtained by contacting the Polk County Treasurer.

I just purchased this property and I am now being told that I am responsible for the full years property taxes, how can this be?

In a typical real estate transaction, taxes are prorated and the buyer is either given credit for the seller's portion or the seller pays the taxes directly to the County Treasurer as part of the property sale. Details of how your taxes were handled should be on the settlement statement provided to you at the closing of your real estate transaction. You can also review this with your realtor or the attorney who handled the transaction for you.

When I sell a home, am I responsible for the full year of property taxes on the home I am selling?

In a typical real estate transaction, taxes are prorated and the buyer is either given credit for the seller's portion or the seller pays the taxes directly to the County Treasurer as part of the property sale. Details of how your taxes were handled should be on the settlement statement provided to you at the closing of your real estate transaction. You can also review this with your realtor or the attorney who handled the transaction for you.

Real estate taxes are always a year behind. For instance: the taxes due in September and March cover the time period from July 1 – June 30 of the previous year.

What should I do if I receive a tax statement on a home I recently sold?

You can forward the tax statement to the new owners, return the statement to your County Treasurer with a note indicating ownership has changed, or contact the Polk County Treasurer to inform them of the sale.


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