Online Property Tax Information

Policies and Procedures 

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office recently expanded its web-site capabilities to give the community the opportunity to view property taxes via our web site.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Tax Division is located at:

Physical Address: 
St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office
1801 W. Airline Hwy
LaPlace, LA. 70068
Mailing Address: 
St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office
PO Box 1600
LaPlace, LA. 70069
Contact Information:
Telephone: (985) 359-8706
                     (985) 359-8705
Fax:              (985) 652-7413
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Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is responsible for the collection of taxes?
In St. John Parish, the Sheriff is not only concerned with enforcing the law, but has the additional duty of Ex-officio Tax Collector and the responsibility of collecting parish taxes. Any property which has an outstanding balance of base tax, interest or other penalties or costs, is subject to being sold at the annual tax sale.

Whom should I contact to make a change of address?
The St. John Parish Tax Assessor’s Office should be contacted in LaPlace at (985) 652-5311 or on Westbank at (985) 497-8788 for all change of address information.

How are my taxes calculated?
The amount collected is based on an assessment that has been done by the Tax Assessor, which is another entity entirely separate from the Sheriff’s Office. The assessment is used in calculations which include the amount of millage a particular property is subject to paying.

What is Homestead Exemption?
In the State of Louisiana, homeowners are eligible for Homestead Exemption of the first $75,000 of the assessed value of the home considered as their permanent residence. A person can have homestead only on one home. To file for Homestead Exemption, contact the Tax Assessor’s Office at (985) 652-5311.

When is the deadline to pay my taxes?
Current-year taxes become delinquent at the close of business on December 31 of that year. After this date, the taxes become delinquent and are assessed at a rate of one percent interest per month or any part of a month.

What happens if I do not pay my taxes?
Any delinquent account – that is an account reflecting any amount of money due – may be sold at the annual tax sale. Your property will be advertised in the L’Observateur, the official “Parish Journal” and may be sold at the annual Tax Sale.

How can I find out if my account has any outstanding balance?
Click here to check taxes online.

Where is the Tax Sale?
The Tax Sale is held in St. John Parish Percy Hebert Building, 1801 W. Airline Hwy, LaPlace, LA. On the first day of the tax sale, all the unsettled properties that appeared in the newspaper advertising are read aloud. People in the room are considered tax buyers. Tax buyer registration begins before the tax sale.

What happens if a property is not sold at the Tax Sale?
Any unsold property is adjudicated to St. John the Baptist Parish.

What if my property is bought by a buyer or adjudicated to the Parish and I want to get it back?
The original owner has up to three years from the date the tax sale certificate is filed in the Clerk of Court’s Office to redeem the property. A redemption is calculated by the Tax Collector. The amount of redemption will include a redemption fee, tax sale fee, interest due the tax buyer, the base taxes, penalty, and monthly interest.