Merced County Property Tax Rate (2012-2013) [Go To Different County]
Merced County Average Property Tax
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The median property tax in Merced County, California is $1,558 per year for a home worth the median value of $241,000. Merced County collects, on average, 0.65% of a property's estimated fair market value as property tax.
Merced County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States, and is ranked 727th of the 3143 counties in order of median property taxes.
The average yearly property tax paid by Merced County residents amounts to about 2.59% of their yearly income. Merced County is ranked 885th of the 3143 counties for property taxes as a percentage of median income.
|Median Property Tax||Percentage Of Income||Percentage Of Property Value|
|$1,558 ± 53 (727th of 3143)||2.59 ± 0.11% (885th of 3143)||0.65 ± 0.03% (1963rd of 3143)|
Merced County Property Tax Calculator
While the exact property tax rate you will pay is set by the tax assessor on a property-by-property basis, you can use our Merced County property tax estimator tool to estimate your yearly property tax. Our property tax estimates are based on the median property tax levied on similar houses in the Merced County area.
Merced County Property Tax Appeal
Merced County calculates the property tax due based on the fair market value of the home or property in question, as determined by the Merced County Property Tax Assessor. Each property is individually assessed each year, and any improvements or additions made to your property may increase its appraised value.
As a property owner, you have the right to appeal the property tax amount you are charged and request a reassessment if you believe that the value determined by the Merced County Tax Assessor's office is incorrect. To appeal the Merced County property tax, you must contact the Merced County Tax Assessor's Office.
You will be provided with a property tax appeal form, on which you will provide the tax assessor's current appraisal of your property as well as your proposed appraisal and a description of why you believe your appraisal is more accurate.
Previous appraisals, expert opinions, and appraisals for similar properties may be attached to the appeal as supporting documentation. If your appeal is successful, your property will be reassessed at a lower valuation and your Merced County property taxes will be lowered accordingly.
If your appeal is denied, you still have the option to re-appeal the decision. If no further administrative appeals can be made, you can appeal your Merced County tax assessment in court.
Merced County Property Tax Forclosures and Tax Liens
The Merced County is responsible for assessing the fair market value of properties within Merced County and determining the property tax rate that will apply. The Tax Assessor's office can also provide property tax history or property tax records for a property. These property tax records are excellent sources of information when buying a new property or appealing a recent appraisal.
Most counties' Tax Assessor's Office is located in or near the county courthouse or the local county administration building. Your last property tax assessment will include contact information for the Merced County Tax Assessor.
Merced County Property Tax Burden
Proceeds from the Merced County Personal Property Tax are used locally to fund school districts, public transport, infrastructure, and other municiple government projects. Property tax income is almost always used for local projects and services, and does not go to the federal or state budget.
Unlike other taxes which are restricted to an individual, the Merced County Property Tax is levied directly on the property. Unpaid property tax can lead to a property tax lien, which remains attached to the property's title and is the responsibility of the current owner of the property. Tax liens are not affected by transferring or selling the property, or even filing for bankruptcy. Property tax delinquency can result in additional fees and interest, which are also attached to the property title.
In cases of extreme property tax delinquency, the Merced County Tax Board may seize the delinquent property and offer it for sale at a public tax forclosure auction, often at a price well under market value. Proceeds of the sale first go to pay the property's tax lien, and additional proceeds may be remitted to the original owner.
Merced County Property Tax Deduction
You can usually deduct 100% of your Merced County property tax from your Federal Income Tax Return as an itemized deduction. California may also let you deduct some or all of your Merced County property taxes on your California income tax return.
For properties considered the primary residence of the taxpayer, a homestead exemption may exist. The Merced County Homestead Exemption allows the appraised valuation of a primary residence to be reduced before calculating the property tax owed, resulting in a lower annual property tax rate.
The Homestead Exemption may also protect your home from being reposessed in the case of a property tax lien due to unpaid Merced County property taxes.