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Real Estate Taxes
What is the Town's Policy regarding those who have a power of attorney for a family member or is the executor of an estate for taxes and water and sewer bills?
When a person has power of attorney or is the executor of an estate on behalf of a tax payer or water and sewer customer, and is requesting information, a duly notarized document detailing said powers or a notarized letter consenting authorization and a valid form of identification (such as a driver's license) is required to be shown prior to the release of any account information.
I would like to get a copy of how much real estate taxes I paid.
Who do I contact regarding a change of address and/or tax billing status ?
Address changes must be submitted to the Loudoun County Assessor so the official land book is updated. The Town cannot update addresses since tax bills are generated based on the Loudoun County Land Book and Assessors' information.
How are penalty and interest calculated on delinquent real estate tax?
Penalty is calculated at $10% or $2.00 whichever is greater, and interest is calculated at the rate of 10% per year.
I am past due on my Real Estate account, what can I do?
If you are delinquent on your account, contact the Town of Leesburg regarding a payment plan. However, if an account becomes more than two (2) years delinquent, that property may be sent to the Town attorney’s office for collection efforts.
I pay a Mortgage but I just received a delinquent bill, what should I do?
If you have received a delinquent bill, this means that your mortgage company did not request your account or did not pay the tax bill. All delinquent notices are sent to the homeowner. You should contact your mortgage company and ask why they did not request/pay your account.
I pay a Mortgage but I received my Real Estate Tax bill, what should I do?
If your real estate bill states “DO NOT PAY THIS BILL IF YOU ESCROW FOR TAXES. COPY SENT TO MORTGAGE” then no action by you is needed. This bill is for your tax records. If the statement is not printed on your bill, then you should follow up and forward the bill to your mortgage company.
When are Real Estate Taxes due?
Real Estate Taxes are normally due December 5 and June 5. Real Estate Taxes are based on a Fiscal Year. If improvements are done to the land, these may be assessed on a supplemental bill.
Who do I contact to apply for Real Estate Tax Relief ?
Tax Relief Eligibility is determined by Loudoun County. If you qualify with the County, the Town will be notified to update your Town real estate account. For information regarding the available real property tax exemptions, please visit the Loudoun County website.
Is there a tax relief program?
Yes, Town of Leesburg residents 65 years of age or older or permanently and totally disabled may be eligible for Real Estate Tax Relief. However, there are certain eligibility requirements regarding your income and assets which must be met.
How is my property assessed?
Properties are assessed once a year by the Loudoun County Assessor’s Office. All inquiries should be directed to that office.
What are Real Estate Taxes?
Real Estate Taxes are those taxes which are paid upon land and improvements. Taxes are assessed by the Town of Leesburg. Real Estate Taxes aid in supporting the many services provided by the Town of Leesburg.
Why am I responsible for the entire tax bill although I just bought the property recently?
Under Virginia law, Real Property is assessed for the entire year in the name of the owner as of January 1st of the year. The purchaser at a sale is required to see that the proceeds from the sale are applied at settlement to any taxes assessed on the Real Estate.
The liability is prorated between the buyer and the seller, but the lien which arises from a delinquency attaches to the land. If you buy property, your settlement attorney must ascertain all taxes due and prorate them for payment out of settlement.
How is real estate tax calculated?
The 2014 tax rate is $0.183 per $100 of assessed value. To compute the real estate tax on a property assessed at $350,000, divide the assessed value by 100 and multiply by the tax rate: ($350,000/100) x $0.183 = $640.50.
What is the current tax rate?
The 2014 real estate tax rate is $0.183 per $100 of Assessed Value. The Town Council establishes a tax rate for real estate every spring when it adopts the budget. The tax rate applies to the current calendar year.
What if I do not receive a Real Estate tax bill?
If you do not receive a Real Estate tax bill, contact the Town of Leesburg.
Virginia law requires that the Town of Leesburg mail bills for taxes at least 14 days prior to the due date. The policy of the Town of Leesburg is to mail bills at least 30 days prior to the due date. However, if a bill is not delivered on time, the taxpayer is not relieved of the penalty and interest charge required by law for late payment. The law clearly states that the taxpayer is required to know the due date, determine the amount owed and pay it on time, even when a bill is not received by the taxpayer.