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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I appeal my assessment?

If you disagree with the Assessor's appraised value of your property, appeals must be made to the Weakley County Board of Equalization before June 1 of each year.   Property owners must file appeals within the timeframe set by the County Board or lose all rights of appeal. You may contact the Weakley County Property Assessor at (731) 364-3677. Your Weakley County Property Assessor is David Tuck.

If you disagree with the County Board's decision, you may appeal to the State Board of Equalization within 45 days. You may contact the State Board at (615) 401-7883.

 

I am due a refund. How and when do I receive it?

Refunds result from an overpayment of taxes or from an assessment decrease.   Decreases may be a result of a change from the Assessor or State Board of Equalization. The County Trustee's office issues refunds daily.

 

My name (or address) is incorrect. What needs to be done?

You may fill out the change of address form on the back of your tax notice, or you may print one below and send to the Weakley County Trustee’s Office. You may also call our office at (731) 364-3643 or the Assessor’s Office at (731) 364-3677.

 

The ownership is incorrect. What needs to be done?

The name on the tax notice is based on the owner as of January 1. If you record a deed after this date, your name will not show on the original tax notice until the next year. You may contact the Assessor’s Office at (731) 364-3677 if you have further questions about changing a name on your tax bill.

 

What is the Weakley County property tax rate?

The 2016 Weakley County tax rate, as set by the County Commission is $2.1302 per $100 of assessed value.

 

What are the city tax rates?

The information below is based on the rate as of 7/13/17. To verify this information, please contact each city at the numbers provided.

► City of Dresden $1.51 (731-364-2270)
► City of Martin $1.5016 (731-587-3126)
► City of Greenfield $1.6084 (731-235-3131)
► City of Gleason $1.4104 (731-648-5547)
► City of Sharon $1.6642 (731-456-2122)
► City of McKenzie $1.108 (731-352-2332 )

 

How do I calculate my taxes?

To calculate the amount of your taxes multiply the assessed value of your property (divided by 100) times the tax rate. The current tax rate in Weakley County is $2.1302 per $100 of assessed value.

Therefore, a Tax bill for a $100,000 house:

Appraised Value: $100,000.00

Taxable Ratio: 25.00%

Assessment Value: $25,000.00

 

Using this $25,000 assessment as an example:

 

$25,000/100=250, then multiply $2.1302.

You would then have, $2.1302 x 250= $533.00 Annual Tax Bill

 

The assessed value of property is a percentage of the appraised value. The percentage used is based on the property's classification:

Residential = 25%
Commercial = 40%
Industrial = 40%
Personal = 30%
Farm = 25%

Contact the Weakley County Assessor for any questions on property classification.

 

I filed bankruptcy. How does it affect my taxes?  

Usually taxes are a high priority debt in any type of bankruptcy. Taxes are generally paid in installments through a plan approved by the Bankruptcy Court. Upon receiving a notice of bankruptcy filing or being notified of filing, the bankruptcy coordinator with the County Trustee's Office will file a claim for the full amount of taxes due plus interest, attorney fees, miscellaneous costs, etc., that are due at the time of filing. Interest continues to accrue at the rate to which the debtor and Weakley County Trustee agree or as approved by the Bankruptcy Court if there is no agreement. Under federal law, the County Trustee and other collecting officials are prohibited or stayed from taking any action in collecting realty or personal property taxes. This stay is effective until the bankruptcy is dismissed or discharged.

 

I own a mobile home and received a bill for a year in which I did not live at the property location. Do I owe this bill?

If you own a mobile home and you move it from the property location at any time, it is your responsibility to notify the Weakley County Assessor's Office at (731) 364-3677. If the owner of the mobile home fails to pay their portion of the property taxes, then the owner of the land becomes responsible for the taxes as taxes follow the land.

 

When are Weakley County Property taxes due?

Weakley County property taxes become due the first Monday in October of each year.   You may pay your taxes through the last day of February of the following year without interest and penalty charges.

 

My mortgage company pays my taxes. What do I do with this bill?

Tax information is forwarded to mortgage companies upon their request. The notice (or bill) you received is for your records. If a new company is servicing your loan or the notice includes taxes for years other than the current year, please contact your mortgage company.

 

Can I make partial payments?

The Trustee's office can and will accept partial payments. As long as the taxes are paid in full by the due date there will be no interest charges. Interest charges are required by the state of Tennessee and cannot be waived by the Trustee. Interest accrues monthly at a rate of 1.5% after the last day of February for each tax year.

 

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes, the Trustee's office offers you the convenience of paying by credit card. Visa, American Express, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted. There is a 2.75% fee for this service that is paid to the processing company. Weakley County does not receive any of this fee.

 

Can I receive a discount for paying early?

The Weakley County Commission has full authority on the decision to offer a discount program. Currently there are no discounts available for early payment.

 

Where can I pay my taxes?

They can be (1) mailed, (2) brought into the Trustee's Office, (3) paid by telephone, or (4) paid online by clicking here.

(1.) Mail:
You may mail your payment to:
Marci Floyd
Weakley County Trustee
P.O. Box 663
Dresden , TN 38225


(2.) Bring payments by the Trustee's Office at:

Weakley County Courthouse
116 W. Main Street, Room 101
Dresden, TN 38225


(3.) Pay by telephone
: Call 1-877-768-5048

(4.) Pay online
using a credit or debit card by visiting: www.weakley.tennesseetrustee.org

 

What are personal property taxes?

Personal property taxes are levied on business furnishings and equipment that you report to the Weakley County Assessor each year.

 

I am out of business. What do I do with this bill?

Anyone in business on January 1st of the tax year is responsible for paying taxes for that entire year, even if they ceased operations prior to December 31st. If a business is no longer operating in Weakley County, contact the County Clerk's office at (731) 364-2285 to ensure that the business license (for those businesses requiring one) has been canceled. Also, advise the County Assessor at (731) 364-3677, as to the disposition of the equipment, so your account can be removed from the next years tax roll.

 

If there is a tax on the roll for a year in which you did no business, you need to contact the Assessor’s Office. They may require documentation such as a business license finalized in the year the business closed, proof of sale, electric meter cutoff date, tax returns etc., to substantiate your claim.

 

I received a bill for years prior to the purchase of my business.

What do I do?

The law requires a purchaser of a business to check for unpaid personal property taxes of the business. Any taxpayer who sells or terminates a business must notify the assessor and pay all outstanding personal property taxes within fifteen days of the sale or termination. The buyer must withhold sufficient funds from the purchase price to pay the tax liability, retaining those funds until the seller produces a certificate of compliance from the assessor and receipts from the trustee for the payment of all taxes. If the buyer does not withhold this amount, the buyer becomes personally liable for these unpaid taxes.

 

Is there a senior citizen discount for paying taxes?

The Weakley County Trustee administers a state funded Tax Relief Program to help elderly citizens pay their property taxes. Property owners may be eligible to receive tax relief for the current tax year if they meet the following conditions: They are age 65 or older, live on the property and have a combined annual income of all owners (including the applicants spouse whether or not the spouse has an ownership interest in or resides on the property) not exceeding the limit set by the state.  

Total income for 2016 cannot exceed $29,180.

For additional information, or to apply for Tax Relief contact the Trustee’s Office at (731) 364-3643.

 

May I apply for tax relief for my relative (parent, grandparent, etc.)?

Yes. You may complete the application for them. However, only the applicant may sign the application himself/herself (and any co-owners). Click here to view/print the tax relief application.

 

Does the state have a lien on my property if I accept tax relief?

No. The State has no lien due to property tax relief you may receive. You or your family will never have to pay this money back as long as all questions are answered accurately.

 

Are tax relief recipients exempt from paying property taxes?

No. Tax Relief is payment by the State of Tennessee to reimburse certain homeowners who meet the legal requirements, for a part or all of property taxes paid, and is not an exemption. You will still receive your tax bill(s) and be responsible for paying your property taxes each year.

 

How much tax relief will I get?

The amount will vary depending on your property assessment and the current tax rate. The maximum tax relief benefit allowed for 2016 is $120.00.

 

What if my taxes are paid by my mortgage company?

Your application will be held by our office until payment is received from your mortgage company. Your application is then sent to the State Tax Relief office for examination. If approved, you will receive a check from the State of Tennessee.

 

Can I receive relief on more than one property?

No, you can only receive tax relief on your primary residence in any given year.

 

Do you have any special programs to help disabled veterans pay their taxes?

The Weakley County Trustee administers a State funded Tax Relief Program to help disabled veterans pay their property taxes. Property owners may be eligible to receive tax relief for the current tax year if they are a 100% disabled veteran who meets additional state requirements or widow(er) of a disabled veteran who met additional state requirements. There is no age requirement for 100% totally and permanently disabled veterans, or their widow(ers). For additional information or to apply for Tax Relief contact the Trustee’s Office at (731) 364-3643.  
► Click here for a tax relief application.

 

I am the spouse of a soldier killed in action. Can I get help paying taxes?

Property tax relief shall be extended to the surviving spouse of a soldier killed in action as long as the surviving spouse does not remarry and as long as the property for which tax relief is claimed is owned by and used exclusively by such surviving spouse as a home. For additional information or to apply for Tax Relief contact the Trustee’s Office at (731) 364-3643.

 

What are the additional state requirements for 100% totally and permanently disabled veterans?

Below is the statute text from Tennessee Code Annotated 67-5-704:

For the purposes of this section, a "disabled veteran" means a person who has served in the armed forces of the United States, and who has:

 

Acquired in connection with such service a disability from paraplegia or permanent paralysis of both legs and lower part of the body resulting from traumatic injury or disease to the spinal cord or brain, or from total blindness, or from loss or loss of use of two (2) or more limbs from any service-connected cause;

Acquired one hundred percent (100%) permanent total disability, as determined by the United States Veterans' Administration, and such disability resulting from having served as a prisoner of war for a period of at lest five (5) months or more; or

One hundred percent (100%) permanent total disability from any other service-connected, combat-related cause, as determined by the United States Veterans' Administration.

 

Under no conditions shall property tax relief extend to any person who was dishonorably discharged from any of the armed services.


"Total blindness," as used in this section, includes those disabled veterans who are classified as industrially blind by two (2) reputable doctors who specialize in treatment of the eyes.

 

Property tax relief shall also be extended to the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran who at the time of the disabled veteran's death was eligible for disabled veterans' property tax relief, as long as the surviving spouse does not remarry and as long as the property for which tax relief is claimed is owned by and used exclusively by such surviving spouse as a home.

 

I am a widow(er) of a disabled veteran.  Can I get help paying taxes?

Property tax relief shall also be extended to the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran who at the time of the disabled veteran's death was eligible for disabled veterans' property tax relief, as long as the surviving spouse does not remarry and as long as the property for which tax relief is claimed is owned by and used exclusively by such surviving spouse as a home. For additional information or to apply for Tax Relief contact the Trustee’s Office at (731) 364-3643.

► Click here for a tax relief application.

 

I am a disabled homeowner. How can I get help paying my taxes?

100% totally and permanently disabled property owners may be eligible to receive tax relief for the current tax year if the combined annual income of all owners (including income of applicants spouse) does not exceed the limit set by the state and the applicant is living on the property.   Total income limit for 2016 cannot exceed $29,180. There is no age requirement for 100% totally and permanently disabled homeowners.

► Click here for a tax relief application.

 

What documents should I bring when applying for tax relief?

All applicants should bring their 2016 income tax returns including all attachments, Social Security Cards, and Medicare Cards. Sources of income include, but are not limited to, Social Security, SSI, Worker’s Compensation, Salaries or Wages, Interest or Dividends, Rental Income, etc. Also if applicable, a mobile home title or bill of sale should be brought, a probated will if inherited, as well as death certificate of any deceased owner.

 

Do all owners have to be 65 in order to apply?

No, only one owner has to be 65 or older by the end of the year applied for.

 

If my property is listed in a life estate, do I still qualify?

Yes, proof of life estate must be presented when applying.

 

How do I redeem my property that was sold in a County Tax Sale?

If a taxpayer's property was sold in a county tax sale, they should contact the Clerk and Master at (731) 364-3454 to obtain the correct amount needed to redeem their property.   If a taxpayer's property was sold, they have one (1) year from the date of the confirmation of the sale to redeem the property.

 

How can I obtain a list of properties being sold in Tax Sale?

A listing of properties being sold in each tax sale is published prior to the sale date by the Clerk and Master's office. Tax sale dates are determined by the Clerk & Master.