This week the Gasconade County Assessor’s Office will be mailing the 2018 personal property declaration forms to property owners. County residents are reminded to complete and return the form before the March 1 deadline.
It is important that the forms be completed and returned, said Assessor Paul Schulte. State law allows for penalties assessed to taxpayers for failure to return the form. Those penalties are based on the property’s total assessed value and they are printed at the bottom of the back of the form.
If you were assessed last year, the county has printed on this year’s form what you were assessed for. Using this information, check what you still have in the box to the left and draw a line through the items you no longer owned as of Jan. 1. Any new items should be entered on the form in the correct category.
The sooner the form is completed, the more likely it will be filled out correctly. Contact the Assessor’s Office to request a form if you do not receive one by Jan. 10. It is your responsibility to notify the Assessor’s Office of a change of address.
Another option available to the public is that you can complete the filling of your personal property online. You can go the office’s website www.gasconadecountyassessor.com You will find your personal identification number (PIN) in the upper right corner of your assessment form.
Items that are frequently missed by the taxpayers are trailers, such as livestock, utility and boat trailers.
They need to be listed because the owners will need paid receipts when they renew their plates. These missed items when added late will incur penalties.
Taxpayers who are new residents of Gasconade County since Jan. 1, 2017, need to contact the Assessor’s Office for their personal property form. Also, individuals who are first-time property owners such as young adults who acquired a vehicle for the first time during 2017 need to file this declaration form.
For businesses a different for is being used. The annual cost of equipment purchased each year is what is to be reported. The cost must be reported, as well as the year purchased and the class life. In other words, it will be claimed on personal property exactly as it is claimed for income tax purposes.
The form needs to be signed but it does not need to be notarized.
All inquiries should be directed to the Gasconade County Assessor’s Office, 119 E. 1st St., Room 23, Hermann, Missouri 65041, or by calling 573-486-3100 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.