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FAQs

1. How much property tax do I owe?
Individual property tax bills are calculated by the County Auditor and mailed by the County Treasurer.

The Department of Local Government Finance issues a budget order for each of Indiana’s 92 counties. The budget order is a critical document in calculating tax bills – a county-level function. The order contains the state's certification of the approved budget, the estimated assessed value, the tax rate and the levy for each fund of each taxing unit in a county. The order also gives the total tax rate and property tax replacement credit (PTRC) rate, homestead credit rate and the local homestead credit rate for each taxing district.

2. How do I file for the Homestead Credit or another deduction?
Deductions work by reducing the amount of assessed value a taxpayer pays on a given parcel of property.
To file for the Homestead Credit or another deduction, contact the County Auditor, who can also advise if you have already filed.

3. Where can I find out how much homes have sold for in my area?
The Department of Local Government Finance recently made tools available on our Web site to better keep taxpayers informed about property taxes and assessments on homes. One of these tools is a sales disclosure search, which allows you to search properties in any Indiana county and see the sales price during a specific calendar year. You can either look by specific property address or using general street information. This information is also used by real estate professionals to compare similar properties to determine fair selling prices.
To search, please see www.in.gov/dlgf/5584.htm.
Please note that this is information provided to the Department by individual counties. As such, some information may be missing because it has not been submitted by county officials.
For more information, please see www.in.gov/dlgf/4988.htm or call 317.232.3777.

4. Where can I locate a form?
You can download forms from the Web site of the Indiana Commission on Public Records at www.in.gov/icpr/2364.htm.
If you need assistance or have questions about completing any forms, contact us.
For more information, please see www.in.gov/dlgf/4988.htm or call 317.232.3777.

5. How are property taxes determined and calculated?
Property taxes represent a property owner’s portion of the local government’s budgeted spending for the previous year. Increases or decreases depend upon a local government’s fiscal management, the assessed valuation of a property and/or local tax rates, which are based on the budget proposals submitted by local government taxing entities that provide services to each community.

To calculate an individual’s property tax bill, the county official takes the tax rate multiplied by the assessed value after all deductions are subtracted and after all state credits (homestead and property tax replacement credits) are applied. Tax rates are determined by dividing the estimated amount of funds to be raised by the local unit of government by the net assessed value of all property in a county, minus the applicable deductions.

6. What are property tax deductions and how do I know if I qualify for one?
Deductions work by reducing the amount of assessed value a taxpayer pays on a given parcel of property. Information on what deductions are available and the qualifications can be located on our Web site at www.in.gov/dlgf/2344.htm.
To file for the Homestead Credit or another deduction, contact the County Auditor, who can also advise if you have already filed.

7. Why haven’t I received my tax bill?
Individual property tax bills are calculated by the County Auditor and mailed by the County Treasurer.
The Department of Local Government Finance issues a budget order for each of Indiana’s 92 counties. The budget order is a critical document in calculating tax bills – a county-level function. The order contains the state's certification of the approved budget, the estimated assessed value, the tax rate and the levy for each fund of each taxing unit in a county. The order also gives the total tax rate and property tax replacement credit (PTRC) rate, homestead credit rate and the local homestead credit rate for each taxing district.
For information about when you will receive your property tax bill or for questions related to your bill, please contact the County Treasurer or your County Auditor.
To view past property tax billing information, please see www.in.gov/dlgf/4929.htm.

8. What can I do if I missed the deadline to file for my tax deduction?
If you missed the deadline to file for a tax deduction, you may still be eligible for a deduction in the following tax year.
To file for the Homestead Credit or another deduction, contact the County Auditor, who can also advise if you have already filed.
If you believe that your local officials made an error causing you to lose a tax deduction you filed for and are qualified for, you may wish to file a Form 133 “Petition for Correction of an Error.” This form may only be used to correct the following types of errors:
• The taxes are illegal as a matter of law;
• There is a math error in the assessment;
• Through error or omission by any state or county officer, the taxpayer was not given credit for an exemption or deduction permitted by law.
For more information, please see www.in.gov/dlgf/4988.htm or call 317.232.3777.

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