to the Geneva County Revenue Commissioner’s website. We hope that you
find the following information helpful. If, at any time, you have a
question relating to your property, please do not hesitate in contacting
Property Taxes are due October 1 and are delinquent January 1.
the State of Alabama, a Tax Lien attaches to all property on October 1,
and is paid a year in arrears. In other words, if you are the owner of
the property on October 1 of any year, the property will be billed in
your name, and you will receive the tax notice the following October 1.
You may make payment for your tax bill by the following options:
- Cash, Check, Cashier’s Check or Money Order.
- Debit/Credit through Paymentus by calling toll free 1-855-232-9043 and follow the instructions. There is a service fee charged by Paymentus for this service. We do not take debit/credit payments in the office.
is your responsibility to assess the property into your name. You must
assess the property in person at the Geneva County Revenue
Commissioner’s Office located in the Geneva County Courthouse, 200 N.
Commerce St., Geneva, Alabama.
At the time you assess the property into your name, you will need to file for a homestead exemption, if you are living on the property. Please
bring a copy of your deed to assess the property in your name and apply
for any exemptions you may be entitled to. If you are over 65 years of
age, or total and permanently disabled, you are eligible for a Special
Homestead Exemption. Proof of age for those over 65 must be submitted
(i.e. Driver’s License, Birth Certificate). If you are totally and
permanently disabled, proof of Government Disability (i.e. Social
Security, VA) or proof of disability affidavits from two physicians
licensed to practice in this state, one being an affidavit by a
physician who is actively providing treatment directly related to the
disability of the person seeking the exemption. These affidavit forms
may be obtained from our office. Those over 65 must have proof of their
taxable income for both them and their spouse, as shown on their latest
Federal and/or State Income Tax Returns.
exemptions must be claimed each year from October 1 through December
31. Once you have signed up for the special exemption, an application
is mailed to you to claim the exemption for each year thereafter. You
must sign up each year. The regular homestead exemption is only claimed
once and remains in effect for as long as you own and occupy the
property as your permanent place of residence. Only one () homestead
exemption can be claimed per family. If you own a home in another
county or state and claim a homestead exemption there, you are not
entitled to claim a homestead exemption here.
If the land you purchased was valued under Current Use, you must re-apply under your name.
are responsible for keeping your mailing address current and reporting
any changes to your property. Should an existing building be torn down
or removed from the property, or should a room be added to the house or
other buildings on the property, you are required to report those
changes to this office between October 1 and December 31. Failure to do
so could result in paying property taxes on buildings which are no
longer subject to taxation.
Property taxes become due on October
1. Property taxes which are not paid by December 31 will be subject to a
late charge and penalty. You are responsible for payment of your property taxes.
As previously stated, if your mortgage company has an escrow account
and you pay your taxes in with your house payment, it is your
responsibility to ensure that your mortgage company pays your property
taxes no later than December 31 each year.
Property taxes in
Alabama are collected in arrears. This means that when the tax lien
attaches on October 1, those taxes will not be paid on until the
following October 1. The property will remain assessed the name of the
person you purchased it from until the next tax lien date, October 1.
We will put the property in care of you for tax notice purposes when you
assess the property, if you specifically make this request.
MORTGAGE COMPANY PAYMENTS:
you have a mortgage on your property and your taxes are being escrowed,
the mortgage company should make payment on your behalf.
the responsibility of the financial institution to ensure that they are
paying on the correct property based on the legal description.
is your responsibility to ensure that your property taxes are paid and
on time. It may be necessary for you to contact your mortgage company
if there is a problem with your payment. If the taxes are to be paid by
a mortgage company and they are not paid by December 31st, penalties and interest will be added; and, the continuance of non-payment will result in a sale of the property.
Upon request and a stamped envelope, a copy of the paid receipt will be mailed to you.
Manufactured Home registration is due October 1 and delinquent after November 30.
you are over age 65 or are totally and permanently disabled and you
live in the manufactured home as your residence, you may be entitled to a
Special Homestead Exemption, but you must request this exemption and
bring proof of your disability and/or age. You will still be charged an
issuance fee of $5.00. Failure to renew the manufactured home by the
deadline of November 30 will result in a charge of the full registration
fee along with the issuance fee and penalty.
You are required to display the decal in a location visible from the street or driveway.
order to register a manufactured home, for models 1990 or newer, you
must bring to this office an Alabama Title Application, Bill of Sale and
proof of Sales Tax paid. For models prior to 1990, bring in the Bill
of Sale and proof of Sales Tax paid.
We cannot take Debit/Credit payments at this time for manufactured home decals.
property is property not permanently affixed to or part of the real
property, such as furniture and/or equipment. Everything that is not
real estate is personal property.
Every individual, firm or
corporation owning business personal property in Alabama on October 1 of
each year is required to report personal property.
itemized listing of all personal property owned on October 1 must be
provided to the local assessing official in the taxing jurisdiction in
which the property is located. This list must be submitted between
October 1 and December 31 of each year to avoid a penalty. The list
must include a description of the property along with its acquisition
date and cost. The proper form can be obtained from this office.
all furniture and fixtures as well as machinery and equipment purchased
for and used by the business should be listed on the rendition form;
this includes furniture and/or equipment that you have brought from home
or someone gave to you. If you use it in your business, it must be
Legislation requires all businesses purchasing
permanent trailer tags from the Licensing Official, to list the trailer
as personal property on a Business Personal Property Rendition Form and
pay the ad valorem tax to the Revenue Commissioner.
The State of
Alabama under Title 40, Code of Alabama 1975, requires that every person
report to the County Taxing Official each year a complete list of all
business personal property owned by the taxpayer on October 1 of the tax
Our office must receive a Business Personal Property
Rendition form every year even though the equipment is the same as the
If you own real estate in this county, Alabama
Title Code 40 gives the Revenue Commissioner authority to deny a tax
payment on real property, until said taxpayer has first paid taxes on
all personal property listed.
Your business can and will be
audited by the Revenue Commissioner to insure that all business personal
property items are listed on the rendition filed by you. If you fail
to file a rendition, your business will be audited.
pay taxes on personal property will result in the property being sold in
compliance with Section 40-5-14 Title Code 40 and there is no redemption right for said property.
IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS, DO NOT HESITATE IN CONTACTING THIS OFFICE.