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All real properties and all personal properties are taxable unless the property has been exempted by law. Real property is land and generally anything that is erected, growing, or affixed to the land; personal property is everything that can be owned that is not real estate.

Property taxes are charged against the owner of the property as of January 1, and against the property itself, if the owner is not known. Tax returns are to be filed with the Fayette County Tax Commissioner between January 2 and April 1.

Real property is taxable in the county where the land is located, and personal property is taxable in the county where the owner maintains a permanent, legal residence, unless otherwise provided by law.

Normally, taxes are due by the 15th of November. This may vary from year to year, so you need to always check the due date on your bill as soon as you receive it. If you have not received a bill by October 15, you need to contact our office, especially if you are a new owner after January 1. All tax bills are mailed out to the owner of record as of January 1 of the tax year. Tax bills are assessed as to what is on the property as of January 1 for taxation purposes. Example: The house is only 50% completed on January 1; therefore, the bill would reflect 50% of the value of the completed house.

Property tax bills are mailed out in the fall of each year and cover taxes from January 1 to December 31 of that year. Payment is due 60 days after the bills are mailed out. The due date may vary from year to year, so you need to check the due date on the bill to avoid late payment.

Payments are accepted via mail, office location, and office drop box. Mailed payments must be postmarked by the due date.

Property tax bills are mailed to the owner of record as of January 1st and are based on what is on the property as of January 1st. The bill states that if you have sold this property, please forward this bill to the new owner or return it to the Tax Commissioners’ Office. If you are a new owner and have not received a tax bill by October 15 of the tax year, you should contact the Tax Commissioners’ Office and, as a courtesy, we will send a copy of the bill to you.

If you have an escrow account with your mortgage company to pay your taxes, you need to forward the tax information on to them. Most of the mortgage companies will either utilize a tax service to acquire the tax information on your property or request the information from us. We cannot be sure which mortgage companies have done this, so we advise you to make sure you have given the information to the mortgage company to expedite payment by the due date.

One percent interest accrues the day after the due date and continues each month until payment is made. Ten percent penalty is assessed 90 days after the due date. Example: Due date is November 15; Interest begins on November 16; Penalty is assessed on February 16.

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