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What are property taxes?

When I purchase property, what do I need to do?

What happens if my taxes become delinquent?

How do I make payment?

How is the tax rate established?

What happens if I did not receive a bill?

What period of time do tax bills cover?

Why do I still get a bill when I no longer own my property?

How do I calculate my tax bill?

When will I receive my tax bill?

When do I pay my taxes?

How can I pay my tax bill?

What form of payment is accepted?

Where can I pay my taxes?

What are property taxes?

The Madison County Tax Collector is responsible for collecting the ad valorem taxes on real estate as well as business personal property. Taxes are due and payable each year on October 1 and become delinquent January 1. Any questions regarding the payment of ad valorem (property) taxes should be directed to this office.

Property (Ad Valorem) Taxes are taxes on Real and/or Business Personal Property. Ad valorem means "according to value". Real property includes land and improvements (buildings). Business Personal Property refers to furniture, fixtures, tools, and equipment used in the operation of a business. These are items which are movable or not permanently fixed to the land. Airplanes are included whether or not used in a business.

When I purchase property, what do I need to do?

New property owners often rely on their closing attorney or title company to record and assess their property. However, as the owner, you are ultimately responsible, so you should verify.

  • Be sure the property deed is recorded in the Probate Office (Room 100 of the Madison County Courthouse.)
  • Assess the property in the Tax Assessor's Office and claim any exemptions entitled to you.

Click here for more information about property assessment.

What happens if my taxes become delinquent?

A $5.00 late fee will be charged on January 1. Interest is charged at the rate of 1% per month on the base amount. There are also probate fees and advertisement fees. Please contact the office for these amounts. Our annual Tax Sale is held in May.

How do I make payment?

Send or bring your payment to the Tax Collector's office. Your check should be made payable to: LYNDA HALL AS TAX COLLECTOR. If a receipt is needed, send a STAMPED, SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE. Otherwise, no receipt will be sent. You may also pay by E-check or credit card online or by calling 1-800-549-1010. The Bureau Code is 5323370. There is a 2.30% convenience fee charged by Certified Payments to process your transaction. To pay by E-check, there is a $0.50 fee per check.

How is the tax rate established?

Your tax bill is based on millage rates that are set by the county commissions and other taxing agencies.

What happens if I did not receive a bill?

Taxpayers are required to know that bills are due and payable on October 1st of each year and considered delinquent January 1. If you did not receive a bill call the tax office immediately.

What period of time do tax bills cover?

The tax bills will be based on the previous October 1st through September 30th of the current year.

Why do I still get a bill when I no longer own my property?

 The property tax bill is based on the owner of record on October 1st of the previous year.

How do I calculate my tax bill?

After the tax assessor has placed a value on your property, the amount of taxes owed is determined by multiplying the correct tax rate by the assessed value, then subtracting the proper exemptions. In order to determine assessed value, multiply the appraised value by the proper classification.

Property taxes are assessed at the rate of $5.80 per $100 assessed valuation within the city of Huntsville, Madison $5.75, Triana $4.95, and New Hope, Gurley, and Owens Cross Roads at $4.05. Property outside the limits of any municipality are assessed at $3.35 on land and $3.65 on improvements.

The Madison County tax rates are:

Inside City Limits: Per $100
Assessed Value
Per $1000
Assessed Value
Huntsville $5.80 .0580
Madison 5.75 .0575
Gurley 4.05 .0405
Triana 4.95 .0495
Owens Cross Roads 4.05 .0405
New Hope 4.05 .0405
Outside City Limits: (Unincorporated areas)
Land 3.35 .0335
Improvements 3.65 .0365
How to Compute Your Taxes
w/Regular Homestead Exemption
Assessed Value
State, County, State X Millage Rate
= _________
All Taxes Before Homestead Exemption
If value is $4000 or over deduct $48
= _________
TOTAL = _________
If assessed value less than $4000
Continue as follows:
State Exemption
Assessed Value to $4000 X .0065
= _________
County Exemption
Assessed Value to $2000 X .011
= _________
TOTAL = _________

To help you identify and locate property, mapping and assessment are available online, provided by the Tax Assessor. Please take note of the PPIN number and click here.

CURRENT YEAR REAL & PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION

When will I receive my tax bill?

Alabama law does not require that a tax bill be sent until after taxes become delinquent. This office does send out a courtesy notice by October 1. A delinquent and final bill will be sent after January 1st if you have not paid your taxes by December 31st. If you did not receive a notice for any reason, you must contact our office for a manual notice.

When do I pay my taxes?

Please contact the Tax Collector's office at (256) 532-3370 or taxcol@madisoncountyal.gov if you have any questions regarding the following tax dates:

Tax due - October 1
Tax delinquent - 1st Week of January (notices mailed)

If you are making payments after December 31st, due to interest and late fees please call our office at (256) 532-3370 for an exact figure.

How can I pay my tax bill?

Click here for more information regarding forms of payment.

Where can I pay my taxes?

Tax Collector's Office - Madison County Courthouse, Room 116 Courthouse Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 M-F
Madison County Satellite Offices:  (accept tax payments late September through mid-May)
Satellite Hours: 8:30 - 4:30 M-F (Closed for Lunch: 12:00 - 12:30) Flint Crossing - Meridianville/Highway 231/431 County Office, Ste K Parkway Place Mall - 2801 Memorial Parkway - 1st Floor by Belk Madison - 100 Plaza Boulevard just off Browns Ferry Road

Credit card payments are accepted at the satellite offices and the Madison County Courthouse. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

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