Real Estate Property
Real property includes land, buildings, structures, improvements, leasehold improvements, and permanent fixtures. Mobile homes that are placed upon a permanent enclosed foundation on land owned by the owner of the mobile home are also considered real estate.
Real property in Clay County is permanently listed and does not require an annual listing. A tax lien attaches to real estate on January 1 and remains in place until all taxes on the property are paid in full. Property owners as of January 1 are required to report any new buildings, additions, improvements and/or deletions that occurred during the preceding calendar year where a building permit was not issued. Please use a Personal Property Listing form to report any changes or contact our office during the month of January. These changes must be reported whether made by you or someone else.
Annual tax bills are mailed on or before September 1st to property owners. If you currently have a mortgage on your property, and your taxes are escrowed, then your mortgage company will retrieve tax data online from our office. Therefore, a paper copy of the bill will not be sent to the mortgage company.
Property taxes not paid in full by January 5 following the September 1st billing are assessed an interest charge of 2% for the month of January and an additional ¾% each month thereafter.
If your real property sold between January and September, you should not receive the annual tax bill mailed in September. This bill will be mailed to the current property owner, who is responsible for timely payment.
Our office recommends that all new property owners review their closing statements to understand the amount of taxes collected and paid at their closing.