Property tax records are typically collated and kept at the county level in each state. In the vast majority of cases, those records are made available through online data portals where users can search for a property using various methods. The information that can be found includes billing and payment information.
This information can be found on real estate, personal and business properties. An example is Wake County in North Carolina. It must abide by a state law that says it must make available property tax records for free or for a small fee. This includes tax bill information, but it also includes other information, including relevant documents and maps.
Cook County in Illinois is another example. It allows searches by property PIN number or property address. Five years worth of tax history is returned in the result. The information that is provided includes details of the tax that has been paid, details of any tax that is owed and information about any refunds that might be due.
It is also possible to request property tax records from County offices by post, but most encourage online retrieval because of its efficiency and convenience. There are lower staffing costs to provide the information online, and it can be accessed on demand.