Digital Tax Parcel Mapping - Brief Description
An efficient real property tax administration depends on data that is accurate, timely, and economical to maintain. Building and maintaining the property inventory and attribute database are the most labour-intensive and costly functions of the property tax administration. Tax mapping is a core element of any integrated real property administration and taxation management system. It establishes the link between the real properties in the field and the property assessment and tax records of the tax administration.
Tax Mapping is a classical method of field operations for identifying real property units or “tax parcels”. Tax maps provide the public with vital real property information. Therefore, property or parcel location maps have been maintained manually in countries with “ad valorum” real property taxation for quite some time. Tax Parcel Maps are fundamental to the appraisal (valuation) of real estate. They help to determine the location of property, indicate the size and shape of each parcel, determine actual land use and help to discover undeclared properties for taxation purposes. Although tax maps serve as a general reference to property locations, they are not a substitute for official cadastral survey documents and should not be used in legal land disputes. They allow the establishment of a real property record system that can be adapted to data computerization.
Digital Tax Parcel Mapping is the process of converting the paper map based part of the “fiscal cadastre” (cadastral base maps, property identification maps) into a digital form and maintaining and managing the tax maps of local government units with the help of a Geographic Information System (GIS).
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