Tax Department Mission
The Tax Department is responsible for obtaining, developing, analyzing, and maintaining records necessary for the appraisal, assessment, billing, collection, and listing of taxes associated with real and personal property within the jurisdiction of the County and municipalities according to the state of North Carolina General Statutes. The Tax Department is required to provide information and research as well as maintain records for the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
The Tax Department has three functional offices made up of Accessing, Collections, and Land Records.
The 2016 tax base for Duplin County is $3,513,212,093. As of January 2016, there were 37,108 non exempt parcels within the county. The last revaluation was effective January 1, 2009 while the next will be effective January 1, 2017.
The Duplin County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution concerning the transfer of real property by deed on August 16, 2004 which will become effective November 1, 2004.
The basic intent of these changes is to have all property taxes paid on a piece of property before it is transferred. These “delinquent taxes” include taxes on the property itself and on any personal property in the county (excluding registered motor vehicles) owned by the grantor. When this resolution goes into effect, it may take until the following day to research back ten years to determine if any delinquent taxes are owed.
The Duplin County Register of Deeds will not record any deed transferring real property unless the Duplin County Tax Office has certified no delinquent taxes are owed on the property. The exception to this is if the closing attorney inserts the following into the deed---
“This instrument prepared by: _____________ a licensed North Carolina attorney. Delinquent taxes, if any, to be paid by the closing attorney to the County Tax Collector upon disbursement of closing proceeds.”
Also, the county parcel identification number (PIN#) is required to be on the first page of each deed. If the part being transferred is only a portion of the parcel, then the parcel from which the land is being transferred shall be specified.
To expedite this process the following information can be sent to us ahead of time:
PIN# of the parcel being transferred
Name(s) of property owner for the past ten years
If only a portion of a parcel is being transferred
How many acres being transferred
What buildings or improvements are being transferred
Is the portion being transferred cleared, wooded, off-road or road-front