Call the escrow company and get a clear and concise explanation of the amount you were/are responsible for and why. Anyone attempting to answer your question about recourse would be foolish without knowing all of the particulars of the agreed upon facts (offer/counter offers, etc.) of the transaction.
Call your agent too that's what we get paid to do; educate, guide, explain, counsel and advise. Good luck!
That's not right! If there are penalties, it means that there are delinquent taxes due....those have to be paid off before you transfer title. As far as the current taxes are concerned.....they are due in November and so they aren't late yet and won't have any penalties.
Talk to your Realtor to straighten this out....my guess is that escrow just as a lump sum of what is their current tax $3550 and hasn't sectioned it out yet. But if you don't follow up, you are liable to be charged your portion of the penalty too.
Your Realtor should be able to fix this for you....no you do not need to pay a portion of the sellers tax penalty.
Good luck. Bonnie