Frequently Asked Real Estate Questions

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Wise County
Commissioner of the Revenue

Wise County Courthouse
206 E. Main St.
Room 224
PO Box 1278
Wise VA  24293

(276) 328-3556
Fax (276) 328-6937
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Why do the previous owners' names appear on my tax ticket even though my deed has been recorded?

The Code of Virginia states that the Commissioner of Revenue will determine the owner of record as of January 1 of each taxable year.  If a deed is recorded after January 1, the owner of record will not change until the following tax year.

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Are mobile homes considered real estate or personal property?

Mobile homes are determined to be real estate or personal property on a case by case basis.  For more information, please call the Commissioner of the Revenue's office.

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Do I have to pay taxes after I reach the age of 65?

Currently, Wise County has a tax relief program (See information on Real Estate Tax Exemptions) that will deduct up to $200 from your real estate taxes if you are over the age of 65 or totally and permanently disabled and meet the income guidelines.  Currently, there is no tax relief program available for personal property, except the TAX EXEMPTION FOR DISABLED VETERANS.

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Will taxes that are exempted through the elderly/disabled program have to be paid back?

No.  This is a tax relief program for elderly and disabled citizens.

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How often do we have to have a real estate reassessment?

Reassessments are determined by the population of the locality.  Generally, for Wise County, reassessments have been performed every 4 years.

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Why did the value of my real estate property increase during the reassessment when there were no improvements in the past 4 years?

Based on sales studies, most real estate property values increase with the 4 year period.

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How can a higher assessment be placed on property that sold for less?

Assessments are based upon a sales study conducted during the most recent reassessment.  Even though the market may change, the assessment remains the same until the next reassessment if there are no changes in acreage, zoning or new construction.

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Why can't we use the appraisal of a private appraisal company when requested by the taxpayer?

The Attorney General's office opinioned that values adopted by the Board of Assessors who oversees the reassessment cannot be changed until the next reassessment without changes being made in the size of the property, new construction, rezoning or demolition.

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How are the assessments on each parcel determined?

The Wise County Assessment Team conducts a general reassessment of all properties in the county, in accordance with Section 58.1-3252 of the Code of Virginia.  Currently, this assessment takes place every four years.  The Assessment Office follows the principle of "ad-valorem taxation," which mandates that values reflect the fair market.  The Assessment Office is able to determine this by conducting a sales study of all recent transactions in the market.  Therefore, assessed values are established by what citizens of Wise County are currently paying for property on the open market, as analyzed by the sales study.  The contributions of size, location, and condition of your property will all be considered before final values are determined.

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Why do we have to have reassessments?

Reassessments are conducted to equalize the values of real estate property throughout the county.

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Can I get a copy of the assessed value of my property?

Yes.  Real estate values are public record, and are available at our online assessment website – EagleWeb.

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What if I don't agree with my assessment?

State Law mandates that the burden of proof rests with the taxpayer to prove that an assessment is in error.  The Assessment team does not have the authority to adjust a value between reassessments unless one of the following conditions is true:

  1. An error was made in the previous assessment which, once found, is corrected.
  2. Boundary lines are adjusted by survey or division.
  3. Changes in zoning.
  4. Court orders.
  5. New construction:  including additions, porches, garages, or any other feature that adds value.
  6. Improvements to the property, including renovation of a structure.  If homes suffer from a condition that can be corrected, assessors will monitor the home periodically, and adjust the value if and when the condition is corrected.
  7. Demolition or significant damage to a property.

An appeal process has been established, where an Assesor will review all the features of your property to ensure they reflect that fair market at the time of the last Reassessment, and to ensure that none of the seven criteria above should influence the value.  Please be aware that values can go up or down based on the result of the appeal, and in order to obtain more information, the Assessor may need to conduct an inspection of the interior of the dwelling or structures on a property.

If you feel the need to file an appeal with our office, please download the Assessment Appeal Application form and submit it to our office.  An Assessor will contact you once the application has been received.

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How can I get the tax map# and the tax ID # of my real estate property?

This information is available on our online assessment website at EagleWeb or on the land books located in the Commissioner's office as well as the Circuit Court Clerk's office.

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How long do we have to appeal a tax assessment?

There is a three year statute of limitations on making a tax adjustment.

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