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Real Estate FAQ: Tax Help!

When it comes to the time of the year where you¡¯re near the end of your wits and going almost bald from pulling out your hair in frustration, we fully understand that paying tax is quite a dread. Getting tax help will greatly relief you of the more serious headaches and help you sort out your taxes properly. There are many types of tax. In property tax, they are decided by
the local governing bodies with different rules and requirements. The majority of people are familiar and reminded of their property taxes when a levy in their area is brought up during an election year. However, when the acceptance of levies gives to higher property taxes, you have every right to vote against it.

Here are some points that will help you understand some personal property taxes better:

1. Personal property tax is assessed by the state in which your vehicle and/or the other items are registered.

2. All the states have different methods for calculating and collection of the tax.

3. At some states you have to pay property tax worth one year against the value of the vehicle as from the date of registration. From there onwards, you would have to pay the property tax whenever you get your license plate renewed.

4. At some states, license plates are only renewed in January. In other cases, some have the renewal date on the birthday of the person on whose name the vehicle has been registered to.

5. Note that some states collect personal property taxes only once a year. They will send the tax bills to the residents inclusive of all the personal properties they own all at once.

6. The rates at which the personal property taxes are charged vary form state to state. One common factor is that they are all based on the values of the items registered.

7. In case of cars and trucks, the value on which the taxes are charged is calculated on the basis of the values given in the NADA blue book.

8.It is common that personal property tax is further used to fund the Department of Motor Vehicles' budget, which can possibly include the other local and state governments.

9. These taxes might also be diversified to pay the salaries of DMV workers along with the building space, other supplies, etc.

10. Property taxes charged against the house and the other properties you own generally cater to the county and/or city government. This money is used for the betterment of the society in the form of roads, schools, police support, local government, fire support, etc.

11. Individuals are required to pay both city and county taxes.

12. Property taxes paid against boats, vehicles, etc. listed above, are used to fund the local government more often, not the state government.

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