Property taxes can be confusing with any residential property. Rules and regulations for different cities, districts, regions, and home types can vary, making the process overly complicated and sometimes overwhelming. Manufactured homes come with their confusing nuances since individuals own the home but not necessarily the property on which their home resides. Additionally, there are tax considerations for the house itself and any utility hookups. This guide can help make the concept of manufactured home taxation a little less confusing to ensure you consider all costs that you may incur.
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Paying Taxes On Land That You Don’t Own
Many individuals with manufactured homes will end up renting land from a park or an individual. Thus, you own your home, but not the land on which it resides. In this case, taxes are typically included with the cost of property rent. The landowner will then typically pay the property taxes. If the manufactured home is financed, the lender will generally verify this arrangement.
That said, if the landowner is responsible for paying the property taxes and the taxes aren’t paid, your home could become subject to tax sale. To combat this possibility, it’s a good idea to verify with the relevant taxing authority that property taxes are actually being paid. Furthermore, even though the landowner may be responsible for paying the property taxes, the taxes may be escrowed into your monthly mortgage payment. This will ultimately depend upon the lender you chose to finance your manufactured home.
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The purpose of property taxes is to provide funding for local initiatives such as public safety, infrastructure, and education. Any individual that owns the property is taxed. The taxation rate typically stems from the value of the land that is owned. Sometimes this will come in addition to the value of the home itself. Tax rates will ultimately depend on the state that the individual resides. If you own the home and the property that the home is on, you’ll most certainly be paying taxes for both. Individuals that own the house but not the property will ultimately depend on the state in which the individual resides.
When the manufactured home is placed on land that you own, your financial lender will most likely require or offer an escrow for the taxes. In this situation, a portion of the property taxes will be paid each month into a mortgage escrow account. Your lender will then pay the taxes from the escrow account when they are due. When your home is placed on land you do not own (such as in the case of individuals living in a mobile community), taxes will depend on the state and district in which you reside: some states require taxes to be paid by the landowner, others require payment by the homeowner.
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How Taxes Are Assessed
The calculation of property tax amounts is typically determined by your property’s assessed value in addition to the tax rate of the taxing authority. The valuation is based upon a tax assessor’s estimation of the market value of your home. Market value can be determined by several mechanisms such as sales comparisons, cost methods, or income methods. You can check with your local tax assessor’s office to determine how taxes are assessed in your area of residence.
The property tax amount is generally calculated off the value of the home and property combined. This may also vary depending on the state and county in which you reside. Some localities will separate property tax into two separate bills: one for the property itself and another for the home. In this case, the homeowner would only be responsible for covering the home-related property tax. Once again, each area has its own rules and regulations, so you should be sure to check in with your local taxing authority to see if it’s possible to tax your home separate from the value of the property.
Separating the physical property tax cost from the home property tax can be one way to save you tax dollars. That said, you may be eligible for even more tax deductions! These deductions could include a reduction in tax rate or a full exemption from property taxes outright. As a useful money-saving tip, you should contact your local tax office or appraisal district to see which deductions you may be able to qualify. After all, who doesn’t love to save money?
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