Not sure about MO but in TX, this is how it works. When you close, a credit is given to you from the seller for taxes that would be due from Jan 1 to the date of closing. So you have funds from the seller to go into an escrow account set up by your lender for the collection and payment of taxes and homeowner's insurance as those become due. So, unless you purchased through a special government program of some sort, all the tax funds you had coming to you have already been credited. If you do not have a escrow account, that's a whole other story. When taxes com due, you'll have to write the check.