Lincoln County Tax Department will be closed on Friday, December 16, 2022, from 3:00pm- 5:00pm for a training workshop. The Tax Department will open for business on Monday, December 19, 2022, at 8:00am.
The Tax Department has been moved to the 2nd floor while renovations are being completed. The Appraisal Division remains on the 3rd floor.
The Lincoln County Tax Department follows state guidelines by discovering, listing, and appraising all property for taxation purposes, ensuring all citizens are treated fairly and equitably while providing transparency and great customer service.
General Tax Information
The Tax Department consists of five divisions:
Land Records (Mapping/9-1-1 Addressing)
Find Mapping/9-1-1 Addressing Information
GIS (Geographical Information System)
Access GIS System
Find Tax Appraisal Information
Listing (Business and Personal Property, Exemptions and Exclusions)
Find Tax Listing Information
Find Tax Collection Information
The Tax Administrator is responsible for listing, appraising, and assessing all real estate and personal property and the collection of taxes due on that property.
The office also: Processes applications for any exemptions or exclusions that may be granted under State Law. Maintains up-to-date records of property ownership and property maps. Provides for the assignments of E-911 property addresses.
In North Carolina, the taxable value of property is the true market value. To appraise property the methods used are those prescribed by N.C.G.S 105-283 Uniform Appraisal Standards.
"All property, real and personal, shall as far as practicable be appraised or valued at its true market value in money. When used in this subchapter, the words "true value" shall be interpreted as meaning market value, the price estimated in terms of money at which the property would change hands between a willing and financial able buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or sell and both having reasonable knowledge of all the uses to which the property is adapted and for which it is capable of being used. For the purposes of this section the acquisition of an interest in land by an entity having the power of eminent domain with respect to the interest acquired shall not be considered competent evidence of the true value in money of comparable land."