What makes property real or personal?

Real property consists of land and the improvements that are attached to it. Personal property normally is not attached to the land; it is generally mobile and does not last as long as real property. A copy machine is an example of personal property.

Personal property that is used by the owner in his private home is not subject to property tax. An example is household furnishings. If the same property is used in a business activity, whether in a private home or elsewhere, it is subject to personal property tax. Properly registered vehicles, including recreational vehicles, are not subject to property tax.

For more information on personal property, please refer to the Idaho State Tax Commission.

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1. How is property assessed?
2. What is market value?
3. How often are property values adjusted?
4. How can my property be assessed on improvements when I haven’t made any?
5. What makes property real or personal?
6. How do I know what value the assessor has estimated for my property?
7. How is my property tax determined?
8. What if I disagree with the value the assessor estimated for my property?
9. When will I get my property tax bill?
10. How can my taxes go up if my property’s taxable value does not increase?
11. Are there limits on property tax increases?
12. Why do I pay higher taxes than my neighbor?
13. Is any tax relief available to homeowners?
14. What is an occupancy tax?
15. What if I can’t afford to pay my taxes?
16. When must property taxes be paid?
17. What happens if my taxes aren’t paid on time?
18. How can I get more information about my property taxes?