Frequently Asked Real Estate Questions
do the previous owners' names appear on my tax
ticket even though my deed has been recorded?
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.
mobile homes considered real estate or personal
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.
Do I have to pay taxes after I reach the
age of 65?
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
taxes that are exempted through the elderly/disabled
program have to be paid back?
This is a tax relief program for elderly and disabled citizens.
How often do we have to have a real estate reassessment?
are determined by the population of the locality. Generally, for Wise County, reassessments have been performed
every 4 years.
did the value of my real estate property increase
during the reassessment when there were no improvements
in the past 4 years?
on sales studies, most real estate property
values increase with the 4 year period.
How can a higher assessment be placed on
property that sold for less?
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
can't we use the appraisal of a private appraisal
company when requested by the taxpayer?
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.
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.
do we have to have reassessments?
are conducted to equalize the values of real
estate property throughout the county.
Can I get a copy of the assessed value of
Real estate values are public record, and are available at our online assessment website – EagleWeb.
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:
- An error was made in the previous assessment which, once found, is corrected.
- Boundary lines are adjusted by survey or division.
- Changes in zoning.
- Court orders.
- New construction: including additions, porches, garages, or any other feature that adds value.
- 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.
- 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.
can I get the tax map# and the tax ID # of my
real estate property?
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.
How long do we have to appeal a tax assessment?
is a three year statute of limitations on making
a tax adjustment.