Where Do I?

Auditor

Where do I file for a Veteran Exemption?

Property Tax Exemptions must be filed with the County Auditor. For an explanation of the various exemptions please click here, to contact the Porter County Auditor. click here.

Where do I file for a Mortgage Exemption?

Property Tax Exemptions must be filed with the County Auditor. For an explanation of the various exemptions, please click here. To contact the Porter County Auditor, please click here.

Where do I file for an Over 65 Exemption?

Property Tax Exemptions must be filed with the County Auditor. For an explanation of the various exemptions, please click here. To contact the Porter County Auditor, please click here.

Where do I file for a Disability Exemption?

Property Tax Exemptions must be filed with the County Auditor. For an explanation of the various exemptions, please click here. To contact the Porter County Auditor, please click here.

Where do I file for a Homestead Exemption?

Property Tax Exemptions must be filed with the County Auditor. For an explanation of the various exemptions, please click here. To contact the Porter County Auditor, please click here.

Where can I view the County GIS Map?

You can view the County GIS Map online by clicking here.

Where can I obtain information on tax sales?

You can obtain information on tax sales by clicking here.

Where do I file for a Veteran Exemption?

Property Tax Exemptions must be filed with the County Auditor. For an explanation of the various exemptions please click here, to contact the Porter County Auditor. click here.

Clerk

Where do I obtain information on State Tax Liens?

Questions regarding State Tax Liens should be directed to the County Clerk’s Office. To access the Clerk’s Office contact information, please click here.

Questions regarding Federal Tax Liens should be directed to the County Recorder’s Office. To access the Recorder’s Office contact information, please click here.

Where do I go to file for probate/estate?

Probate/Estate filing questions should be directed to the County Clerk's Office. To contact the Clerk's Office, please click here.

Plan Commission

Who do I contact with questions about zoning?

If you live in a city or town you must contact the municipality. If you live outside the boundaries of a city or town you must contact the County Plan Commission. To contact the Plan Commission office, please click here.

Where can I view the Unified Development Ordinance?

You can view the Unified Development Ordinance by clicking here.

Where can I view the Unified Development Ordinance Map?

You can view the Unified Development Ordinance Map by clicking here.

Recorder

How do I obtain information on Federal Tax Liens?

Questions regarding Federal Tax Liens should be directed to the County Recorder’s Office. To contact the Recorder's office, please click here.

Questions regarding State Tax Liens should be directed to the County Clerk’s Office. To contact the County Clerk's office, please click here.

Where do I go to record documents?

For general questions about recording documents, please click here.

Treasurer

Where can I pay my taxes online?

To find out how to pay your taxes online and answers to other tax payment questions, please click here.  

What are the options for paying my taxes?

To find the options for paying my taxes, please click here. Scroll down the page to the question that best meets your needs.

Where can I check to see if my taxes have been paid?

To find out how to check to see if my taxes have been paid, please click here.  

Where can I obtain a copy of my bill?

To find out how to obtain a copy of your bill, please click here.  Follow the links that best meet your needs.

Why don't I see credit for paying my taxes?

To find out why you don't see a credit for paying your taxes, please click here.  Conduct a General Search from the search bar. Enter your parcel information and do a search for your property. There is a details tab that will show your parcel history. Online payments typically take 24 hours to post. Payments received during busy times or mailed may take up to a week to post. If you have any tax payment questions, please contact the County Treasurer's Office by clicking here.

Assessment Resources

General Property Tax Information

How does the tax caps process work?

Under the Indiana Constitution, your total tax bill cannot exceed a percentage of your gross assessed value which may be either 1, 2, or 3%, depending on property type. The Gross Assessed Value is the value of your property before any deductions are applied.  For more information about tax caps, click here.

Why are my taxes so high?

Your tax bill results from the interaction of your property's value and the local tax rate. The assessor's responsibility is to assign a fair and equitable market value to your property, which is used as the basis for taxation. Local spending at the municipal, township, and county level determines your actual tax rate.  For more information, click here.

Why is it that my neighbor's taxes appear to be lower than the taxes on my property?

Your neighbor may be receiving deductions that you may not be eligible for or have not had applied to your home due to various reasons. Otherwise, differences between homes such as lot size, square footage, quality and grade of construction, and the like can result in higher or lower assessed values.

What sales information was used to develop trending factor?

The trending factor is developed through an annual process called the ratio study, and includes all of the sales information collected to determine the trending factor.  To read more about the ratio study, click here.

If property values are decreasing then why are my assessed values rising?

Assessed values are established as of March 1 of the tax year, so for taxes payable in 2014 the valuation date is March 1, 2013. To arrive at the property's value on that date, sales information for the prior two years is considered. For taxes payable in 2014, the assessors office compared sales from 2012 and for the first two months of 2013.

Reassessment and Trending

What is reassessment?

In Indiana, reassessment is the periodic re-inspection of real property to check for errors, pick up new construction and improvements, and to clean up the county's data.  The last General Reassessment was completed on March 1, 2012.  That same month Senate Enrolled Act 19 was signed into law replacing Indiana's General Reassessment with Cyclical Reassessment.  In Cyclical Reassessement, reassessment will be apportioned over four years as opposed to the traditional 20 month timeframe.  Cyclical Reassessment will begin on July 1, 2014 and one-fourth of the parcels in the county will be reassessed each year over the following four years.  

What is trending?

Trending is the annual process of valuing real property. To conduct trending, the assessor's office compares assessed values to real estate sales data, then adjusts values if necessary - upward or downward - to reflect market conditions for the assessment period. Assessments are then reviewed for statistical measures of accuracy, fairness, and equitability between properties.  For more information on trending, click here.

What is the purpose of the green door hanger left at my home?

During reassessment, our office will send field agents to examine and inspect the exterior of every property and interview the property owner to obtain information about the interior. If no one is available to answer the questions at the time of our inspection, we will leave a door hanger. This information is vital to our efforts, since it provides us with information about the interior features and if any changes have been made to the interior of the home.  We allow taxpayers to fill out the doorhanger online by clicking the link at the top of the webpage.

Appeal Information

What is the timeframe for filing an appeal on my property tax assessment?

As a taxpayer, you have the right to appeal your assessed value within forty-five (45) days of the date the notice is mailed out. In Porter County, notice is given via the Form 11, which will be mailed at the beginning of October.

How do I file an appeal?

Appeals can be filed in two ways: online at the Porter County Assessor website, or in person by visiting the assessor's office. You can download a copy of the Appeal Filing Form 130 by clicking here.

Where can I check on the status of a property tax appeal that I have already filed?

Please contact the county assessor's office to set up a time to discuss your outstanding appeal, by clicking here.

How do I find sales information?

Sales information can be obtained at the Department of Local Government Finance's website by clicking here.

I purchased my house at a foreclosure sale. Why isn't it assessed at the price I paid for it?

The assessment process dictates that market value can only be established using arms-length, non-distressed sales; a foreclosure sale does not meet that benchmark, since they are generally conducted under duress. This same standard is set for homes sold between relatives, adjoining property owners, and other non-arm's length transactions.

Additional appeals information

For additional appeals information, please click here.

Miscellaneous Information

Where can I look up property record cards?

Record cards can be searched, located, and printed online through a parcel search by clicking here. 

Enter the criteria to search for a record, for example by owner name or parcel number, then submit the information. Next click "Select" by the chosen property and proceed to the record card to view or print.

How do I find a property's parcel number?

Parcel numbers can be searched and located by clicking here.

Who do I contact if I live in Portage?

Residents of Portage Township need to contact the office of the Portage Township Assessor. Information to contact the office is located by clicking here.

Where can I find information about tax sales & Sheriff's sales?

Information for the Sheriff sales list is located by clicking here.

You may contact the county Treasurer's office for tax sale information by clicking here.

Where can I get information about filing my personal property tax assessments?

Information on personal property filing forms can be located by clicking here.

Where can I find the State Approved Ratio Study?

The State Approved Ratio Study can be downloaded by clicking here.