Property (Ad Valorem) taxes are taxes on real and/or personal property. Real property includes the land, any structues permanently attached to the land, as well as mobile homes. Personal property refers to furniture, fixtures, tools, and equipment used in the operation of a business.

Add-ons to Motor Vehicles are considered personal property. "Add-on" equipment is any item added to the cab and chassis of a motor vehicle, either by the origional manufacturer or a secondary manufacturer. Add-on equipment includes, but is not limited to: box type bodies, dumping mechanisms, wrecker rigs, refrigerated bodies, limousines, armored trucks and vans, buses, cement mixer drums, refuse compactors, cranes, booms, propane and petroleum tanks, and flat beds. Other terms used to describe what is refferedd to as add-on equpiment include: added value equipment, specialized equipment, truck equipment, and bodies. The values published in the Alabama Uniform Motor Vehicle Assessment Schedule for Ad Valorem Taxes, issued by the Department of Revenue, represent the market value of motor vehicle cab and chassis only and do not include the equipment and bodies added to a vehicle after it leaves the origional manufacturer. In these instances, the origional manufacturer builds an incolplete vehicle (cab and chassis) and a secondary manufacturer or "upfitter" adds specialized equipment and/or bodies to an incomplete vehicle. These "add-ons" or "added value" components are to be assessed as business personal property.

All aircraft, including hot air balloons both personal or commercial are considered personal property and as such are taxable in Alabama.

The State Department of Revenue is responsible for determining property value which, by law, must be set according to "Fair and reasonable market value." Your property is probably not for sale, but the appraiser must set the value of the property as if it were to be "SOLD" in an arms length transaction between a willing buyer and a willing seller - neither being under pressure to buy or sell.


TIME TABLE FOR COLLECTING REAL PROPERTY TAXES

Taxes are collected on the following schedule for the year that ended on September 30.
 

DATE EVENT
October 1st Tax Due
January 1st Tax Delinquent
March Turned over to Probate Court for Tax Collection
April Advertised for Sale
May Tax Sale



WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU BUY PROPERTY 

  • Record deed in Probate Office
  • Assess the property in the Revenue Commissioner's Office when the deed is recorded. Claim any exemptions which are due at this time. Be sure to provide your address and telephone number


HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION

  • Homestead Exemption I : May be Claimed on your principal residence, regardless of age or income. Amount of assessed value exempted is $4,000.00 State and $2,000.00 County. 
     
  • Homestead Exemption II (Act 91) : For persons over 65 or totally disabled, whose income is less than $12,000.00 annually. The exemption is for all State taxes and County up to $5,000.00 Assessed Value. 
     
  • Homestead Exemption III (Act 48) : For persons after 65 or totally disabled, this exemption is from all property taxes if their taxable income is less than $7,500.00. 

NOTE: For homestead exemption II and III, the taxpayer must file and sign their assessment each year to remain eligible.


CURRENT USE VALUE
Current use value is an exemption which applies to class III property. Upon application, the property is taxed based on value to the owner without consideration of the potential value of the property. Current use is applied most commonly to farm land.


CALCULATING YOUR TAXES
All taxable property shall be divided into the following classes and shall be assessed for Ad Valorem tax purposes at the following ratios of assessed value of such property:

Class 1 - All property of utilities used in the business of such utilities - 30% of market value.

Class 2 - All property not otherwise classified - 20% of market value.

Class 3 - All agricultural, forest and residential property - 10% of market value.


Example: 40 acres of cropland in the county appraised at $500.00 per acre. Total fair market value is $20,000.00. Appraised value times (X) 10% equals (=)$2,000.00 times (X) .029 millage equals (=) tax due of $58.00.

After an assessed value has been placed on your property the amount of taxes is determined by multiplying the correct tax rate by the assessed value then subtracting the proper exemptions.

MILLAGE RATES
Millage Rates Applied to Different Areas of Talladega County

  • 1 mill = 1/10 of 1 penny
AREA OF COUNTY MILLAGE RATE
City of Talladega 38.5 mills
City of Sylacauga 50.5 mills
City of Lincoln 39.0 mills
City of Oxford 39.0 mills
City of Childersburg 41.5 mills
City of Munford 39.0 mills
Talladega Springs 34.0 mills
District 1 Outside - Dist. 1C 29.0 mills
Outside with Childersburg School - Dist. 1F 32.0 mills
Outside with Fayetteville School - Dist. 1L 34.0 mills
Outside with Lincoln School - Dist. 1M 34.0 mills
Outside with Munford School 34.0 mills

 


TAX COLLECTION
Taxes are due 1st of October and are delinquent after the 31st of December.

  • Payments may be made on the following: 
     
  • You may pay online by clicking the Online Property and Tax Payments tab
  • You may pay by mail and avoid waiting in line by mailing a check or money order to:
         
         Sally Flowers
         Talladega County Revenue Commissioner 
         PO Box 1119 
         Talladega, AL 35161

 

  • You may come to the Revenue Commissioner's Office and make payment in person.
  • Ask your mortgage company to pay your bill.
  • Failure to pay property tax results in tax sale of property. Property may be redeemed within three years after date of sale.

We accept cash, check, debit, and all major credit cards.


If you purchase property during the year, you need to make sure the taxes are paid. The tax bill will usually be in the previous owner's name. You are responsible for taxes on all property you own-no matter how the tax bill might be listed.

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS
State up to 4000 x .0065
County up to 2000 x .0095

Multiply assessed value x millage.
Multiply state exemption up to 4000.
Multiply county exemption up to 2000.
Add these two amounts together and subtract from first totals.
This will give you the amount of tax due after exemptions

Example:
assessed value: 4500 ($45,000 appraised value)District 1
4500 x .029 = $130.50
St.h/x ex. 4000 x .0065 = -26.00
Co.h/s ex. 2000 x .0095 = -19.00
Total Tax Due = $85.50

  

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