About Property Tax
General Property Questions
1. When are property tax bills mailed out?
Most Hamblen County property tax bills are mailed before the first Monday of October. Property tax bills are mailed to the owner of record on January 1st of the tax year. If a deed change occurs after the first of the year, a tax bill is mailed to the new owner of the property. New owners should contact their title company or review their closing statement to determine who is responsible for paying the taxes. Unpaid taxes are a lien against the property.
2. What time of year are property taxes due?
Taxes are due and payable from the first Monday of October through February 28th. Property taxes become delinquent on March 1st.
3. Are partial payments accepted for my taxes?
Yes. Hamblen County requires a minimum $25 payment. Until the tax amount is paid in full, a tax lien remains in effect on your property.
4. What happens if I miss the tax payment deadline?
From the first day of each month beginning 1 March, interest and penalty of 1.5 percent per month (18 percent annually) is added to your tax amount. Example: The 2004 tax becomes delinquent on March 1, 2005. A 1 ½% interest/penalty charge is added to the tax amount. In April, it increases to 3% and so on until the tax is paid. The Hamblen County Trustee’s office does honor a U.S. Postal Service postmark. On-line property tax payments made through the Hamblen County Trustee website are recognized by the county as paid on the date of the on-line transaction.
5. What time period do my annual taxes cover?
The taxes are assessed for a calendar year although the collection period is October through February.
6. Where can my tax bill be paid in person?
In the trustee's office on the second floor of the new Hamblen County Courthouse Administration Building, or the Hamblen County Government Office in the College Square Mall and any branch of SunTrust Bank in Hamblen County.
7. What does the term "EtUx" beside my husband's name on the property bill mean?
EtUx is a Latin phrase meaning "and wife." The phrase "EtVir" means "and husband," EtAl means "and others."
8. What do some of the terms on my tax bill mean?
Check the online glossary section for definitions of terms on your tax bill.
9. Does my mortgage company get a copy of my tax bill mailed to them?
Not exactly. Normally, your mortgage company requests your tax information from the Trustee’s office and we send the information to the mortgage company electronically or by computer printout. Then, the mortgage company pays the tax in December. As a courtesy, we mail tax bills to the property owner so he/she can review the information.
1. Do the elderly, disabled or disabled veterans receive any discounts or exemptions?
The State of Tennessee offers its Tax Relief Program for low-income elderly, disabled and disabled veterans. Eligibility requirements include: age/ disability; ownership/ residency; and income (except veterans and their eligible surviving spouses). To apply for property tax relief you must meet three basic criteria - these are described below.
During the tax year for which they are applying, an applicant must turn 65 on or before December 31. In order to apply as a disabled homeowner, a person must have become disabled on or before December 31 of the year An applicant may apply if they are awaiting a decision on their disability claim. The state office must receive the final decision by June 30 following the delinquency date. The final decision must indicate their disability began on or before December 31 of the tax year.
An applicant must be able to document that they had ownership of the taxable property during the tax year. Ownership may be documented by a tax bill/receipt, warranty deed, probated will, title or bill of sale for a mobile home.
Income Requirement (Elderly or Disabled Homeowners)
The combined annual income from all sources of all the living owners of record is required and cannot exceed $12,710 for the year 2003. Annual income from all sources shall include, but is not limited to, Social Security payments less the Medicare deduction, supplemental security income (SSI), retirement and pension benefits, veteran's benefits, worker's compensation, unemployment compensation, salaries and wages, alimony, total interest and total dividends. For business and/or rental income, include only the net income or loss after expenses as documented by your federal income tax return.
Disabled veterans must meet one of the following disability categories:
a) a service-connected disability that resulted in paralysis, or a loss of or loss of use of two or more limbs, or legal blindness
b) a total and permanent service-connected disability
c) a 100 percent total and permanent disability rating from being a prisoner of war.
For more information, call our office at (423) 586-6290.
Reviewing Your Property Info
1. Is there a charge for reviewing information about my property?
For an individual property, there is no charge for reviewing tax information.
2. Is my property information viewable by other people?
Any individual or company is allowed to review it. Property tax information is public record.
1. Where can I find information about the assessed value of my property?
The Assessor of Property is responsible for the appraisal and assessment of property. You may contact the assessor's office at (423) 586-1852.
2. How are the county assessor's office and the trustee's office related?
The Assessor is responsible for the appraisal and assessment of property. The Trustee's office is responsible for the billing and collection of taxes based on assessments. The trustee is not involved in the assessment/appraisal process. Nor, is the Trustee involved in setting the property tax rate. That duty is the responsibility of the Hamblen County Legislative Body.
3. What is the appeal process?
Appraisals/assessments can be appealed to the Hamblen County Board of Equalization in June of each year. Appointments can be made by contacting the Assessor's office.
Tax Sale Information
1. What is a tax sale?
An auction of parcels of property that have delinquent taxes.
2. What is the date and time of the annual tax sale auction?
Delinquent tax sales are scheduled sporadically throughout the year based on the need to conduct the sale.
3. Where and when will the auction/sale be advertised?
In local newspapers.
4. When are tax sales advertised?
The auction list is published once approximately 2-3 weeks before the sale.
5. How and when do you register for the tax sale auctions?
There is no registration. You must simply be present to bid.
6. Is it possible to register by mail?
No, you can't register by mail.
7. What type of payment is required at auction?
Either cash, money order, or check is required at the time of the sale.
8. What type of bidding process are used?
This is an open public auction.
9. Will the sales be final?
Yes, all sales are final at the auction; however, there is a one year redemption period that gives the original property owner one year to repay the purchaser the price paid for the property plus 10% to regain ownership of the property.
10. Will all other liens be cleared from the property as a result of the sale?
All liens except state and federal liens are cleared.
11. Is there a redemption period before I can take possession once a property is acquired through your tax sale, If so, what is the redemption period?
The new owner cannot take possession of the property until one year from the date the confirmation of sale is filed.
12. If there is a redemption period, does the investor earn interest during the redemption period? If so, what is the annual interest rate?
There is an annual interest rate of 10 percent earned on the property during the redemption period.
13. If a foreclosure is necessary, will the county assist in this matter?
No. The county does not assist with foreclosures.
14. Will I receive a document to verify the purchase? Will it be a deed or a certificate of lien?
You will receive a receipt showing the amount you paid. At the end of the redemption period, the county will issue a deed.
15. Do you allow investors to invest at your tax sales without attending the tax sale?
16. Is a current list of available properties or liens available?
The available properties are published 2-3 weeks before the tax sale. You may also contact the Trustee’s office or the Clerk & Master’s office in the courthouse.
17. Is a copy of the county and state statutes and rules regarding the tax sale available for purchase?
18. Would you please place me on your mailing list if you have one?
Yes, however, all out of county names are purged from this list every two years.
19. Can I get a list of properties whose redemption period has already expired?
There are no properties available.
20. When will the list of unsold /unbid-on property be available?
There is rarely property remaining after an auction that hasn't been sold or bid on. If there is any property that was not sold or bid on, the one year redemption period applies to the county.
21. Whom do you contact about properties advertised as subject to a Trustee’s sale?
Properties listed in the newspaper that are subject to a Trustee’s sale are properties under foreclosure by a financial institution. The Trustee mentioned in the advertisement is the Trustee for the financial institution (usually an attorney). The County Trustee’s office is not involved in the sale. Contact the law firm listed at the bottom of the advertisement for more information on the sale.
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