Tax records are available online, Sullivan County Trustee Frances Harrell said Friday.
“We started June 27,” Harrell said. “We’d had a lot of requests asking if we could get this information online. We now have it.”
One use of the new site that’s expected to be popular is allowing homeowners with mortgages to keep up with when their mortgage company pays tax bills, Harrell said.
“We have a lot of people call in, each December, especially — that’s the month when most mortgage companies pay taxes — to see if their taxes have been paid or not,” Harrell said. “Now they can look it up online and it will tell them when I actually received the money from the mortgage company.”
It’s also expected to be a tool utilized by would-be buyers, who’ll be able to see not only if the taxes on a parcel are up to date, but easily track how much the tax bill has been on the parcel each year for the past decade.
Tax bills for a specific parcel are listed 10 years back.
“It’s very user friendly,” Harrell said. “People have called to say they used it and found it easy to use. We’re one of the first in East Tennessee to have it, and we’re happy we’ve been able to get this in place for our taxpayers.”
There’s no fee for using the Web site — and no continuing cost to the county, Harrell said.
Payment of county property taxes online isn’t yet a feature — but “We hope that’s under construction,” Harrell said.
“It would be such a help to us and to the taxpayers,” Harrell said.
The Web site can be found through a link at www.sullivancounty.org or directly at www.mytntaxes.com.
Both the username (sullicot) and password (sullivan) are listed on the opening page.
After logging on, click on the phrase “property tax” on the left side of the screen.
You’ll then be able to chose how you want to search — by owner, address, property type or receipt number, for example.