Why am I responsible for the entire tax bill although I just bought the property recently?
Under Virginia law, Real Property is assessed for the entire year in the name of the owner as of January 1st of the year. The purchaser at a sale is required to see that the proceeds from the sale are applied at settlement to any taxes and levies assessed on the Real Estate.

The liability is prorated between the buyer and the seller, but the lien which arises from a delinquency attaches to the land.

If you buy property, your settlement attorney must ascertain all taxes due and prorate them for payment out of settlement.

If you have sold the property referred to on the tax bill and another person has assumed responsibility for payment, please return the bill to us with information as to the new owner.

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