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Real Property Tax

Reference Number: MTAS-1843
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: July 25, 2016
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Revenue Class: Local Taxes

Fund: General

Account No.: 31111

Description: Ad valorem taxes levied within the municipality based on property appraisals.

Authorization: Article II, Section 28 of the Tennessee Constitution; T.C.A. § 67-1-701 et seq.; T.C.A. § 67-5-101 et seq.; T.C.A. § 67-5-801 et seq.

Requirements or Restrictions: Reference T.C.A.

Current Rate: Statutes provide that the following percentages of full value be used to determine assessments:

  • Public utility real property, 55 percent (see Public Utility Property Tax, Account # 31120);
  • Industrial and commercial real property, 40 percent;
  • Residential and farm real property, 25 percent.

Frequency of Payment: Annually, between the first Monday in October and before the following March 1, unless the municipality is authorized to establish other due dates.

Late Pay Penalty: See Interest and Penalties – Property Tax, Account #31300.

Exemptions: All government, religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational properties are exempt (Article II, Section 28 of the Tennessee Constitution and T.C.A. § 67-5-201 et seq.). Tax relief is offered to certain disabled and elderly home owners (Article II, Section 28 of the Tennessee Constitution and T.C.A. § 67-5-701 et seq.) and cities may provide by ordinance a tax freeze for qualified taxpayers over 65 years of age on their principal place of residence.

Collection: Property taxes are usually paid directly to the municipality. Some counties collect taxes for their municipalities, as in T.C.A. § 67-1-702 and § 67-5-1801(a). Taxes cannot be collected after ten years from April 1 of the year following the year they become delinquent. T.C.A. § 67-5-1806.

Use Restrictions: None.

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