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What you should know about property tax deferment

by Carlos Fernandez 08/04/2022

In real estate, a property tax deferment means a temporary delay in property tax payments for qualifying properties and homeowners. While there are other types of tax deferral options, property taxes come with their own set of rules and special terminology. Here are some key things to consider about property tax deferments:

How it works

Deferring your property taxes means putting off regular payments. While you don't have to pay your property taxes, a tax lien will be placed on the property and the unpaid amount will continue to gain interest. When the deferment period ends, the owed amount must be paid in full for the lien on the property to be removed.

How you qualify

Seniors and people with disabilities can often qualify for a property tax deferment from their local governments. As long as the qualified homeowner is using a property as a primary residence, they can defer taxes either until the end of their life or the sale of the property. Each state has different rules, so it's important to investigate what your individual opportunities might be for tax deferment.

Why it matters

Property taxes are a major expense for homeowners of any age, but can become a burden for those without regular income, either due to retirement or disability. Therefore, it can be beneficial to defer property taxes and lower regular expenses to preserve savings and income.

While the taxes must eventually be paid for the lien on the property to be removed, deferment can save qualified homeowners thousands of dollars. If you're interested in learning more about how tax deferment might apply to you, consider reaching out to a financial consultant or tax professional.

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Carlos Fernandez

Hi, I'm Carlos Fernandez and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.