Wayne Co. FAQ

1. When are property tax bills mailed out?

September of each year. Property tax bills are mailed to the owner of record (as of 1 July). If a deed change occurs after the first of the year, a tax bill is mailed to the new owner of the property. New owners should contact their title company or review their closing statement to determine who is responsible for paying the taxes. Unpaid taxes continue to accrue against the property.

2. What time of year are property taxes due?

Taxes are due and payable from October 1st through February 28th.

3. What happens if I miss the tax payment deadline?

From the first day of each month beginning March 1st, interest and penalty of 1.5 percent per month (18 percent annually) is added to your tax amount.  If the Post Office fails to postmark your payment by the dates due, it is considered a late payment. This applies even if you mail your payment on time. For mail-in payments, office meter dates are accepted. Night deposit box payments dropped in our box are accepted as that day's deadline. Online property tax payments made through BIS systems are recognized by the Wayne County Trustee's office only when the payment has cleared the financial institution used by the Trustee.  The received date from our financial institution and the date you schedule payment will differ by a minimum of 24 hours or longer.   

4. What time period do my annual taxes cover?

The taxes that become payable October 1st cover the current calendar year. 

5. Where can my tax bill be paid in person?

The trustee's office is usually located in the Courthouse.  

6. What does the term "EtUx" beside my husband's name on the property bill mean?

EtUx is a Latin phrase meaning "and wife." The phrase "EtVir" means "and husband," EtAl means "and others."

 

7. What do some of the terms on my tax bill mean?

Check the online glossary section for definitions of terms on your tax bill.

8. Does my mortgage company get a copy of my tax bill mailed to them?

Yes, if the mortgage company requests the bill before it is mailed to the homeowner.

 

Exemptions

1. Do the elderly, disabled or disabled veterans receive any discounts or exemptions?

Eligibility requirements include: age/ disability; ownership/ residency; and income (except veterans and their eligible surviving spouses). To apply for property tax relief you must meet these three basic criteria - these are described below. Reimbursements for the property taxes of low-income homeowners who are elderly or disabled are provided by the state of Tennessee. Income does not apply to disabled veterans or their surviving spouses. Reimbursements are given on all or part of the local taxes paid on property which the taxpayer owns and uses as his/her residence. 

Age/ Disability
During the tax year for which they are applying, an applicant must turn 65 on or before December 31st. In order to apply as a disabled homeowner, a person must have become disabled on or before December 31st of the year. An applicant may apply if they are awaiting a decision on their disability claim. The state office must receive the final decision by June 30th following the delinquency date. The final decision must indicate their disability began on or before December 31st of the tax year.

Ownership/ Residency
An applicant must be able to document that they had ownership of the taxable property during the tax year. Ownership may be documented by a tax bill/receipt, warranty deed, probated will, title, or bill of sale for a mobile home.

Income Requirement (Elderly or Disabled Homeowners)
The combined income of living owners or spouses not named as an owner cannot exceed the amount set by the State of Tennessee on a yearly basis.

Disabled Veterans
Disabled veterans must have disability ratings at 100 percent. The disabilities must meet specific criteria under service connection, be combat - related, or the result of being a prisoner of war for at least five months.

Applications for tax relief are available in the trustee's office. For more information, call your trustee's office.

 

Reviewing Your Property Info

1. Is there a charge for reviewing information about my property?

For an individual property, there is no charge for reviewing tax information. 

2. Is my property information viewable by other people?

Any individual or company is allowed to view it. Property tax information is public record.

Property Assessment

1. Where can I find information about the assessed value of my property?

The county assessor is responsible for the appraisal and assessment of property. 

2. How are the county assessor's office and the trustee's office related?

The county assessor is responsible for the appraisal and assessment of property, according to state law. The trustee's office is responsible for billing and collection of taxes based on assessments. The trustee has no authority over the amount of assessment, nor can he/she be involved in the appraisal process.

3. What is the appeal process?

Appointments can be made by contacting the assessor's office. The appeal process begins in the county assessor's office by appearing before the Local Board of Equalization.

 

Tax Sale Information

1. What is a tax sale?

An auction of parcels of property that have delinquent taxes.

2. What is the date and time of the annual tax sale auction?

The tax sale auction is held in October by the Clerk & Master, times set by that office vary.

3. Where and when will the auction/sale be advertised?

Local newspapers.

4. When are tax sales advertised?

The auction list is published once approximately 2-3 weeks before the sale.

5. How and when do you register for the tax sale auctions?

There is no registration. You must simply be present to bid.

6. Is it possible to register by mail?

No, you can't register by mail.

7. What type of payment is required at auction?

Either cash, money order, or check is required at the time of the sale.

8. What type of bidding process is used?

This is an open public auction.

9. Will the sales be final?

Yes, all sales are final at the auction.

10. Will all other liens be cleared from the property as a result of the sale?

All liens except state and federal liens are cleared.

11. Is there a redemption period before I can take possession once a property is acquired through your tax sale?  If so, what is the redemption period?

The new owner cannot take possession of the property until one year from the date the confirmation of sale is filed.

12. If there is a redemption period, does the investor earn interest during the redemption period? If so, what is the annual interest rate?

There is an annual interest rate of 10 percent earned on the property during the redemption period.

13. If a foreclosure is necessary, will the county assist in this matter?

No. The county does not assist with foreclosures.

14. Will I receive a document to verify the purchase?  If so, will it be a deed or a certificate of lien?

You will receive a receipt showing the amount you paid. At the end of the redemption period, the county will issue a deed.

15. Do you allow investors to invest at your tax sales without attending the tax sale?

No.

16. Is a current list of available properties or liens available?

The available properties are published 2-3 weeks before the tax sale. You may obtain a copy by contacting the newspaper.

17. Is a copy of the county and state statutes and rules regarding the tax sale available for purchase? 

No.

18. Would you please place me on your mailing list if you have one?

Yes, however, all out of county names are purged from this list every two years.

19. Can I get a list of properties whose redemption period has already expired? 

There are no properties available.

20. When will the list of unsold /unbid-on property be available? 

There is rarely property remaining after an auction that hasn't been sold or bid on. If there is any property that was not sold or bid on, the one year redemption period applies to the county.