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Madison County Tax Collector

Tax Collector Lynda Hall
256-532-3370
taxcol@madisoncountyal.gov
100 Northside Square
Courthouse Room 116
Huntsville, Alabama 35801-4820
Fax: Fax 256-532-3368

Marguerite Peterman, Chief Accountant

Lynda Hall became Madison County's Tax Collector January 2000. She previously worked in the Tax Assessor's Office assessing real property for taxation, including applying current use values, researching property history and handling correspondence concerning current use and rollbacks, working with senior and disability exemptions and grading/classification structures. Lynda is a State of Alabama Certified Appraiser and Tax Administrator, and a Huntsville-Madison County Leadership Class 20 graduate and also Management Academy-Business Leader Training Class 3.
Since taking office as Tax Collector, Lynda has opened satellite offices at Meridianville/Highway 231/431 and Parkway Place Mall. The Madison Plaza Resource Center will be operational in fall of 2013. These offices are fully automated with computers. Lynda has also added the capability for online tax payments via the internet and toll free telephone payment capabilities in English, as well as, Spanish when paying by credit card.
Lynda is working with the financial institutions seeking the highest rate of return on collected taxes.

Biography

Lynda was born in Madison County and is a 4th generation native. She graduated from Madison County High School in Gurley and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Slavic with a minor in history at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The Slavic area studies prepares individuals for careers in government, industry, and international commerce and trade. It includes foreign languages and literature, history and political science.
She was appointed by the Governor to finish the term of former Tax Collector, Mr. Thomas Ragland who now serves as Madison County's Probate Judge. Lynda has been twice elected to serve as Tax Collector by the citizens of Madison County in 2002 and 2008.
Lynda has one daughter, Jessica Paige, a U S Marine who is married to Thomas and very proud of her young granddaughter, Georgia May. Lynda is a member of the Gurley United Methodist Church.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are property taxes?

The Madison County Tax Collector is responsible for collecting the ad valorem taxes on real estate as well as business personal property. Taxes are due and payable each year on October 1 and become delinquent January 1. Any questions regarding the payment of ad valorem (property) taxes should be directed to this office.

Property (Ad Valorem) Taxes are taxes on Real and/or Business Personal Property. Ad valorem means "according to value". Real property includes land and improvements (buildings). Business Personal Property refers to furniture, fixtures, tools, and equipment used in the operation of a business. These are items which are movable or not permanently fixed to the land. Airplanes are included whether or not used in a business.

When I purchase property, what do I need to do?

New property owners often rely on their closing attorney or title company to record and assess their property. However, as the owner, you are ultimately responsible, so you should verify.

  • Be sure the property deed is recorded in the Probate Office (Room 100 of the Madison County Courthouse.)
  • Assess the property in the Tax Assessor's Office and claim any exemptions entitled to you.
  • A homestead exemption is a tax break for property owners if he or she owns a single-family residence and occupies it as his/her primary residence on October 1 of the tax year for which the property owner is applying. A homestead exemption must be claimed. Exemptions are not automatic. If any change is made to your deed, you may need to re-claim your homestead exemption.
    If you are sixty-five years or older, you are entitled to an exemption from State property taxes. If you are sixty-five years or older or you are retired due to total and permanent disability, you may also be entitled to additional exemptions based on your income. For more information, please contact the Tax Assessor's Office at (256) 532-3350.
    A Second Home exemption must be claimed annually by October 1 each year.
    All forms are available in the Tax Assessor Office

  • If the mortgage company has agreed to pay your taxes, mail a copy of your assessment to the mortgage company.
  • When you purchase property during the year, you need to make sure the taxes are paid. The tax bill will usually be in the previous owner's name. You are responsible for taxes on all property you own, no matter how the bill may be listed.
  • Report ownership and/or address changes promptly to the tax assessor in writing.
Click here for more information about property assessment.

How do I calculate my tax bill?

After the tax assessor has placed a value on your property, the amount of taxes owed is determined by multiplying the correct tax rate by the assessed value, then subtracting the proper exemptions. In order to determine assessed value, multiply the appraised value by the proper classification.

Property taxes are assessed at the rate of $5.80 per $100 assessed valuation within the city of Huntsville, Madison $5.75, Triana $4.95, and New Hope, Gurley, and Owens Cross Roads at $4.05. Property outside the limits of any municipality are assessed at $3.35 on land and $3.65 on improvements.

The Madison County tax rates are:


Inside City Limits: Per $100
Assessed Value
Per $1000
Assessed Value
Huntsville $5.80 .0580
Madison 5.75 .0575
Gurley 4.05 .0405
Triana 4.95 .0495
Owens Cross Roads 4.05 .0405
New Hope 4.05 .0405
Outside City Limits: (Unincorporated areas)
Land 3.35 .0335
Improvements 3.65 .0365
How to Compute Your Taxes
w/Regular Homestead Exemption
Assessed Value
State, County, State X Millage Rate
= _________
All Taxes Before Homestead Exemption
If value is $4000 or over deduct $48
= _________
TOTAL = _________
If assessed value less than $4000
Continue as follows:
State Exemption
Assessed Value to $4000 X .0065
= _________
County Exemption
Assessed Value to $2000 X .011
= _________
TOTAL = _________

To help you identify and locate property, mapping and assessment are available online, provided by the Tax Assessor. Please take note of the PPIN number and click here.

CURRENT YEAR REAL & PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION

When will I receive my tax bill?

Alabama law does not require that a tax bill be sent until after taxes become delinquent. This office does send out a courtesy notice by October 1. A delinquent and final bill could be sent after January 1st if you have not paid your taxes by December 31st.

When do I pay my taxes?

Please contact the Tax Collector's office at (256) 532-3370 or taxcol@madisoncountyal.gov
if you have any questions regarding the following tax dates:

Tax due - October 1
Tax delinquent - January 1 (notices mailed)
Probate judge advertises delinquent tax payers - 1st Wednesday in February
Property advertised for tax sale - April 2, 9, & 16, 2014
Tax Sale - May 2, 2014 Click here for additional Tax Sale Information

If you are making payments after December 31st, due to interest and late fees please call our office at (256) 532-3370 for an exact figure.

How can I pay my tax bill?

Citizens have several options for payment.

You may pay:

In person at the Madison County Courthouse between 8:30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday or utilize three of our satellite offices open for tax payment effective September 23, 2013 (usually open late September through mid-May): Parkway Place - 2801 Memorial Parkway - 1st Floor by Belk or Highway 231/431 County Office, Ste K, Meridianville. Those offices close at 4:30pm. And come Fall of 2013 the Madison Resource Center - 100 Plaza Drive will open, just west of Browns Ferry and Hughes Road intersection. Credit card payment is accepted at the courthouse and all 3 satelitte offices. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted. There is a 2.4% convenience fee charged for all transactions.

Mail payment (MUST be postmarked December 31). If mailing your check or money order please note the following:
Tax notices have changed to an 8 1/2 x 11 format. Tear off the bottom portion and return in the envelope provided A $30 returned check fee will be charged for any non sufficient check payments. During March, April and May of each year we only accept certified funds for real property payments - no personal checks.

You may mail your check or money order payment to:

Lynda Hall
Madison County Tax Collector
Madison County Courthouse
100 Northside Square
Huntsville, AL 35801-4820
Main Office 256-532-3370
Fax Number 256-532-3368
taxcol@madisoncountyal.gov

Telephone payments are available in English or Spanish by calling 1-866-549-1010.

Pay online There is a 2.4% convenience fee charged for online transactions.
This link also provides additional payment information.

What form of payment is accepted?

The Tax Collector's office accepts cash, cashier's check, certified check, E-check, personal check (but NOT accepted March, April and May) and credit card.

The Madison County Tax Collector's office is pleased to offer the convenience of paying your property taxes online.

For further information about how to pay your tax with credit card click here.

If you wish to go directly to online payment click here and follow the steps to begin your online payment process. The Bureau Code for Madison County is 5323370.

Again, there is a 2.4% convenience fee for all credit transactions and $1.50 for E-Check payment. Madison County does not receive any portion of the convenience fee. The 2.4% goes directly to the online payment processor, Certified Payments. This is a common feature of online payment services.
Pay your Madison County property taxes online

Where can I pay my taxes?

Tax Collector's Office - Madison County Courthouse, Room 116
Courthouse Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 M-F
Madison County Satellite Offices: OPEN effective September 23, 2013
(accept tax payments late September through mid-May)
Satellite Hours: 8:30 - 4:30 M-F (Closed for Lunch: 12:00 - 12:30)
Flint Crossing - Meridianville/Highway 231/431 County Office, Ste K
Parkway Place Mall - 2801 Memorial Parkway - 1st Floor by Belk
Madison - 100 Plaza Boulevard just off Browns Ferry Road

Credit card payments are accepted at the satellite offices and the Madison County Courthouse. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

Collection Information

In 2013, the very latest tax figures show $197,738,469 was collected representing 176,325 parcels. This was an increase of 1.33% from 2012. See below for a 20 year history of collections.

Click for Current Tax Disbursements (Compares 2012 and 2013) and Top Ten Taxpayers

Click for Madison County School Tax Revenue (Chart includes all three public school systems- Huntsville City, Madison City and Madison County Schools.)

 MADISON COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR
TOTAL COLLECTIONS AND PARCELS
REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY
20 YEAR TREND
TAX YEAR NUMBER OF PARCELS TAX YEAR COLLECTIONS
1994 124,143 $68,852,086
1995 127,757 $70,721,245
1996 131,205 $73,848,082
1997 133,057 $80,224,164
1998 136,688 $83,338,169
1999 140,168 $87,142,729
2000 143,110 $87,814,318
2001 146,421 $100,778,901
2002 148,731 $106,104,708
2003 151,131 $109,785,372
2004 153,981 $116,737,159
2005 156,490 $138,070,317
2006 158,727 $148,620,312
2007 162,946 $168,293,544
2008 168,979 $180,904,699
2009 172,193 $187,774,060
2010 173,845 $190,663,374
2011 174,946 $190,510,900
2012 175,740 $195,141,520
2013 176,325 $197,738,469

 

Comparison of the 2012 & 2013 personal property yearly insolvents.
2012 $22,097
2013 $13,620

Click Here for Tax Levies in Madison County

This shows you where your taxes go. Millage rates are earmarked for a variety of citizen needs.