How to Find Free Property Tax Records

by Contributor ; Updated September 11, 2015
Spare yourself a personal visit and search property tax records online.

Free property tax records are surprisingly easy to find. If you know where and how to look, you can get free property tax records on any property you like, usually from the comfort of your own home.

Find your county auditor's website. Your county auditor is the one who handles all the property tax records. Many county auditors now have websites with publicly searchable information. This is a great place to find free property tax records, since it is from the source.

Find your county assessor's website. This is a good alternative if your auditor has no informaton online. You can search by property address or property owner's name. You can also even search for a particular street and look at each property tax record on the block.

Try different search alternatives on the county site. Sometimes you must use all caps. On other sites, you must omit all punctuation and abbreviations. Experimenting in this way may yield even more information.

Call the county office to get either website, if you cannot locate them. Speak confidently and ask for what you need. You can get free property tax records since all are publicly available and it is the auditor's office job to provide them. If all else fails, go in person and ask to see the records on the property you are researching.

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