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HOW MUCH ARE MY PROPERTY TAXES?
Each customer will have to provide account information to answer this question. Call the Tax Office at (318) 449-5660.
CAN PROPERTY BE SOLD AFTER NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES FOR ONE YEAR...WHY?
Yes. The property owner has until December 31st of the year for which the tax is due to pay with no interest or cost attached. January 1st of the next year the taxes are considered delinquent.
IS IT LEGAL TO ADD GRASS CUTTING AND DEMOLITION COSTS TO THE PROPERTY TAX NOTICE?
"Yes"...If a property owner is billed for any such charges, they can be added to the tax notice to be paid along with the taxes.
HOW DO I GET GRASS CUTTING AND/OR DEMOLITION CHARGES ADJUSTED OFF OF MY PROPERTY TAX NOTICE?
Grass Cutting: Contact Code Enforcement or the Tax Office. Demolition: Contact Code Enforcement or Tax Office to set up a payment agreement.
WHY DID MY PROPERTY TAXES INCREASE?
There could be an increase in the assessed value of the property or an increase in the tax rate. The answer depends on what the account information provides. You need to contact the Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's Office.
DOES HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLY TO CITY PROPERTY TAXES?
"No"... Homestead exemption is not applicable for city property taxes. Therefore, you will still receive a tax bill from the City of Pineville. The homestead exemption only affects a home owner's parish property taxes. City taxes are always due.
DOES THE PARISH COLLECT PROPERTY TAXES FOR THE CITY?
"No"...The city and the Parish are two seperate taxing authorities.
WHO DO I CONTACT CONCERNING MY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION STATUS?
The Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's Office at (318) 448-8511.
IF I OWE BACK TAXES ON MY PROPERTY, HOW DO I BRING THEM CURRENT?
If you owe city taxes, call the City of Pineville Tax Department at (318)449-5660 for a redemption amount. If you owe parish taxes, call the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office at (318)473-6741 for a redemption amount.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO REDEEM MY PROPERTY?
You will have three years from the date of the Tax Collector's Deed or date Adjudication Deed is filed.
HOW CAN I PURCHASE PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CITY OF PINEVILLE?
Presently, we are not selling any property that has been adjudicated to the city. However, depending on how long the property has been adjudicated, we may be able to refer someone interested.
TAXBUYER'S QUESTION: NOW THAT I'VE PURCHASED PROPERTY AT THE TAX SALE (a) CAN I RENT THE BUILDING OR HOME? (b) IF THE PROPERTY NEEDS WORK...FOR INSTANCE, CUTTING GRASS, BOARDING UP THE HOME/BUILDING, AND CLEANING UP THE PROPERTY, ARE THERE CERTAIN PROCEDURES?
(a) "No"...Certain legal procedures must be followed in order to take full possession of the property prior to expiration of the three-year redemption period. (b) "Yes"...Circumstantially. Contact the Code Enforcement Department for details.
HOW DO I FIND PROPERTY OWNERSHIP INFORMATION?
You can either contact The Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's Office at (318)448-8511 or go to the parish courthouse and view the public terminals.
HOW DO I DETERMINE THE ASSESSED VALUE OF A PROPERTY?
For this information, you should contact the Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's Office at (318)448-8511.
NEW PROPERTY OWNER'S QUESTION: AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE REDEMPTION AMOUNT IF THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD IN A TAX SALE, OR IS THE PREVIOUS OWNER RESPONSIBLE?
"Yes"...You are responsible for the taxes. However, in situations such as this, we advise that you contact the party responsible for the closing of the sale to see if the money was set aside in an escrow account from you and the previous owner to pay the taxes.
HOW DOES THE TAX SALE WORK?
The properties are offered at the amount of taxes, liens, and costs associated with the property. Louisiana law requires a “bid down” process in which we sell the least amount of the property that someone will buy for the full amount due. Bidding is opened at 100% of the property. If more than one person is interested in the property, the next bidder may offer to pay the amount due for a lesser percentage of the property. Bidding may continue down to 1%, the lowest acceptable bid. If there are multiple bidders on a property, the first person to bid 1% will be awarded the property.
WHERE DO I SUBMIT A CHANGE OF ADDRESS TO RECEIVE PROPERTY TAX NOTICE?
Change of address notifications are made through the Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's Office.
IF MY PROPERTY TAXES WERE PAID TWICE; BY MYSELF AND MY MORTGAGE COMPANY, WHO WILL BE REFUNDED?
The property owner will receive the refund and we will apply the mortgage company's payment to the account.
WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES FOR A PROPERTY TAX SALE?
After all the efforts have been made to collect current taxes, we hold a tax sale in the City Council Chamber at 910 Main St. The prospective tax buyers sign in and are seated before the sale begins.
I PURCHASED A PROPERTY THIS YEAR, WHY DID I NOT RECEIVE A TAX NOTICE IN NOVEMBER?
If you have purchased the property after April 1st, the property will remain in the previous owner's name on current year tax roll. We have no way of knowing this property was sold to someone else at this time. As the new owner, you will be responsible for checking with the Pineville Tax Office or the Rapides Parish Tax Assessor to see if any taxes are owed on your property. You will also be responsible for paying the entire tax bill.
UNDER WHAT AUTHORITY IS THE TAX SALE CONDUCTED?
Louisiana Revised Statute 47:2154: The tax collector shall seize, advertise, and sell tax sale title to the property or an undivided interest therein upon which delinquent taxes are due, on or before May first of the year following the year in which the taxes were assessed, or as soon thereafter as possible. The prices shall be the amount of statutory impositions due on the property, costs, and interest.
WHAT IS A TAX SALE?
This is a sale of properties having delinquent taxes due and owing to the political subdivision. The Ex-Officio Tax Collector for the City of Pineville has the authority to sell all delinquent tax properties. Each property is sold to the public for the amount of delinquent taxes, applicable liens (grass cutting, demolition, etc.) plus other incurred costs (interest, certified mailing, advertisements, recording fees, etc.)
WHEN ARE REAL ESTATE TAXES AND/OR AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS DUE?
Taxes are due by December 31st of the taxable year and become delinquent on January 1st of the following year.
HOW DO I PURCHASE TAX SALE PROPERTIES?
In order to participate in The City of Pineville’s tax sale you must register with our office. There is no cost for registration. Since our tax sale is considered an investment opportunity for the purchaser we also require a Social Security Number or a Federal Tax Identification Number.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE TAX SALE?
All bidders must complete a Property Tax Sale Bidder Registration application and be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
WHO CONDUCTS THE TAX SALE?
This tax sale is conducted by the City of Pineville.
WHAT EXACTLY AM I BUYING WHEN PURCHASING PROPERTY AT A TAX SALE?
When you purchase property at a tax sale you are buying a “Tax Certificate”. The tax certificate conveys certain rights unto the purchaser. Currently the property is placed in the purchaser’s name. The purchaser is immediately entitled to a 5% buyer’s fee plus 1% per month on what was paid until redemption. Also, the tax purchaser may try to acquire the property after three years have elapsed from the recoordination of the tax deed. Acquisition of the property is up to the courts and would depend heavily on the percentage of the property purchased, adherence to notification laws, due diligence, and other factors as determined by the courts. It is the purchaser’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with these laws prior to purchasing at a tax sale.
HOW MUCH INTEREST DOES A TAX LIEN PAY?
When you purchase Property Tax Certificates, you are guaranteed a fixed return on your investment. This includes a 5% purchaser’s premium and 1% per month interest until the property is redeemed. If you pay subsequent year taxes you will earn 1% per month on that money also.
ARE DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAXES PUBLICIZED?
The Tax Collector must advertise the delinquent taxes in (The Town Talk). This advertisement must be published twice prior to the tax sale. In addition the advertisement may also be made available on line.
WHAT INFORMATION DOES A TAX SALE ADVERTISEMENT CONTAIN?
The place, date and time of the tax sale, a listing of each parcel showing the delinquent tax amount, the property owner’s name, and the property assessment number. The delinquent tax amount shown is the base amount of the taxes due. It does not include accrued interest or costs.
WHO MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE TAX CERTIFICATE SALE?
Anyone may participate. To participate in the sale a bidder must register with the City of Pineville. A bidder number is assigned for identification purposes during the sale.
DO I BECOME THE OWNER OF PROPERTY, PURCHASED AT A TAX SALE, IMMEDIATELY OR IS THERE A WAITING PERIOD?
NOT IMMEDIATELY! When property is purchased at a tax sale the original owner has a three year period in which he may redeem his property by paying the original sale amount, including applicable fees, the 5% buyer’s premium, and 1% per month interest. The redemptions are handled by the City of Pineville.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHERE TAX SALE PROPERTIES ARE LOCATED?
All bidders are responsible for their own research. It is recommended that you thoroughly research any delinquent tax sale property before you bid on the property. You may look up the property on the Rapides Parish Tax Assessor’s to see where it is located.
CAN PROPERTIES OFFERED IN A TAX SALE LIST BE REMOVED FROM THE TAX SALE?
Yes...The City of Pineville may remove properties from the tax sale process for reasons including, but not limited to, the payment of taxes due by the owner, or if it is determined that any parcel was erroneously listed.
MAY I PURCHASE MULTIPLE PROPERTIES AT A TAX SALE?
Yes...you may purchase as many properties as you like.
WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE AFTER PURCHASING A PROPERTY AT A TAX SALE?
Full payment must be received at close of the tax sale.
IS THERE A REFUND POLICY AT A TAX SALE?
Refunds are allowed in those instances where it is determined that a tax sale purchaser was ineligible to bid at the tax sale or any parcel was erroneously sold. The tax sale certificate will be cancelled and the certificate holder will be reimbursed the principal amount originally paid. No interest will be due or paid in these instances.
IF PURCHASING PROPERTY AT A TAX SALE, DO I HAVE TO PAY FUTURE TAXES ASSESSED ON THE PROPERTY DURING THE REDEMPTIVE PERIOD?
Yes...A tax sale purchaser is responsible for all future taxes assessed on the property until the property is redeemed. Interest accrues on all future tax payments @ the 1% per month rate. Failure to pay post-tax sale taxes may result in the property being sold at a future tax sale.
WHAT HAPPENS TO PROPERTIES THAT DO NOT SELL AT THE DELINQUENT TAX SALE?
The properties that do not sell at the delinquent tax sale are adjudicated to the City of Pineville. They are not offered for resale at this time.
WHAT IS PROPERTY REDEMPTION IN RELATION TO A TAX SALE?
When property is purchased at a tax sale the original owner has a three year period in which he may redeem his property by paying the original sale amount, including applicable fees, the 5% buyer’s premium, and 1% per month interest. The redemptions are handled by the City of Pineville and the receipts are forwarded to the tax purchaser.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH A TAX LIEN CERTIFICATE SALE?
The purchase of a Tax Lien Certificate is a risky investment. Investors are strongly advised to investigate the property they intend to purchase and know exactly what they are buying before bidding at the Tax Lien Certificate Sale. The Collector gives no guarantees and makes no representations regarding property title or the nature of the interest in the property that is listed. The Collector gives no guarantees and makes no representations regarding prompt redemption or return of the lien amount, etc.
CAN A TAX LIEN CERTIFICATE BE VOIDED?
Yes...Occasionally it may be necessary for the Collector to void a Tax Sale Certificate after award. In that event, neither the owner nor the Collector will pay interest, legal fees, costs, or any other charges to the Tax Lien Certificate Holder.
WHY WOULD A TAX LIEN CERTIFICATE BE CANCELLED?
Some of the reasons a tax sale may be cancelled are to correct errors, omissions, or double assessments or when ordered by a court.
ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS AT A DELINQUENT TAX SALE?
The dollar amount shown on the delinquent listing and on line advertisement prior to the tax sale is the balance due to date, it does not include any additional costs or interest that may get added by the time the tax sale begins. During the tax sale the amounts you are given will include all costs and interest due.
DO I HAVE TO NOTIFY THE TAX DEBTOR THAT I PURCHASED THEIR PROPERTY AT A TAX SALE?
Refer to La. R.S. 47:2156---Within the applicable redemptive period the tax sale purchaser should send a written notice to any or all tax sale parties notifying the parties of the sale. Due Diligence is highly recommended.
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