How do I calculate my real estate tax?
The total amount in real estate taxes you pay is based on the assessed value of the taxable real estate you own and the tax millage rate applied to the property by the County, Township and School District. To calculate your tax, divide the assessed value of land and buildings by 1000 and multiply this number by the millage rate. For example, assuming a residential home in the Township has a property with an assessed value of $215,500. Divide this assessed value by 1000, which equates to $215.50. Multiply this figure by the millage rate to determine your the real estate tax. In this example, the Township's Property Tax rate for the year 2011 is 2.66 mills which includes the General Purpose Tax rate (2.23 mills) for government services and the Fire Protection Services tax rate (0.43 mills). Based on the formula above, the annual real estate tax due to the Township at 2.66 mills equals $573.23. (or 215.50 x 2.66).

(NOTE: The County, School District and Township each set their own millage rates for services, which will need to be calculated in the same manner separately to determine your total tax obligation.)

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1. How do I calculate my real estate tax?
2. What do I do when I get my real estate tax bill?
3. What should I do about my tax bills if I change my address?
4. What do I do if I wish to challenge my tax assessment?
5. Can I get a receipt when my taxes are paid?
6. What is used to determine whether I paid my taxes on time?
7. Where can I find Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau tax forms?
8. What is the real estate transfer tax?
9. What is the earned income tax?
10. How is the Township real estate tax raised and lowered?