Why does the previous owner appear on the top line of my Real Estate bill?

Real Estate tax bills are assessed as of January 1 every year. Whoever owned the property on January 1 of the previous fiscal year will be on the top line. If you purchased the property after January 1, your name will appear on the second line as the "c/o" (in care of). Once you own the property on January 1, the old owner's name will drop off and your name will be the only one on the next fiscal year billing.

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1. When are Real Estate and Personal Property bills issued and when are they due?
2. How much is a Municipal Lien Certificate (MLC)?
3. How do I change the mailing address of my bill?
4. Can I pay with a credit or debit card?
5. What if my payment is late?
6. Why does the previous owner appear on the top line of my Real Estate bill?
7. If I no longer have my car, do I have to pay my Motor Vehicle Excise bill?
8. I no longer live in Deerfield, how come I received a Motor Vehicle Excise bill from Deerfield?
9. I have an Excise bill that is overdue and held by the Deputy Collector. How can I pay this?
10. Are there any abatements or exemptions for seniors over 70, for Veterans or for disabilities?