Unpaid Property Taxes

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What are Unpaid Property Taxes?

Unpaid property taxes involve monetary amounts that are owed to the government in reference to property taxes.  This can happen either through an oversight or through deliberate failures to pay property taxes.  Property taxes are required by state or local governments, and are often used to fund public services such as education or emergency response services.

How Do Unpaid Property Taxes Affect the Property?

Unpaid property taxes can have negative effects on the property itself.  Delinquent or outstanding tax payments can make it more difficult to sell the property.  Unpaid property taxes may sometimes be considered a “cloud” on the title, meaning that there is an unresolved issue with the property.  Clouded titles need to be cleared before the property can be considered marketable

In severe cases, unpaid property taxes can lead to criminal consequences.  This is because unpaid property taxes can lead to a state or federal investigation.  If it is found that a person deliberately failed to pay taxes, or if they engaged in fraud or misrepresentation with their property tax payments, it can sometimes result in white-collar crime charges.

How Can I Avoid Issues With Unpaid Property Taxes?

Unpaid property taxes can often be avoided by staying informed of the property tax laws in your region.  For instance, you would want to know whether tax rates have gone up, or if you need to pay different taxes because you improved your property somehow.  If you are unsure, you may wish to hire a lawyer for advice.

Also, it helps to keep any documents, forms, or legal papers related to property taxes.  These will help you in the event that you need to file a lawsuit or a legal claim in connection with property taxes.  Lastly, if you need to learn whether a piece of property has unpaid taxes on it, it helps to conduct a title search at the county recorder’s office.  These records will often indicate if there is an outstanding debt issue with the property.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance With Unpaid Property Taxes?

Unpaid property taxes can be very damaging for both the property owner and the property title as well.  You may need to hire a qualified lawyer in your area if you need help with the property tax laws in your region.  Your attorney will be able to assist you with any matters that are related to your claim, and can help you file a lawsuit if necessary. 

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Last Modified: 05-10-2013 02:25 PM PDT

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