Assessor mailing out property forms

Assessor mailing out property forms

Gasconade County Assessor Paul Schulte has provided the following information:

This week, the Gasconade County Assessor's office will be mailing out the 2022 personal property declaration forms to property owners. Taxpayers are reminded to complete and return the form before the March 1 deadline.

It is important for taxpayers to get these forms completed and returned. Missouri Statute 137.280 calls for penalties to taxpayers for the failure to return this form. The penalties for not returning this completed form is based upon the total assessed value. These penalties are printed at the bottom on the back side of the form.

Information on last year's assessments is included on the form. Taxpayers should check what they still have in the box to the left and draw a line through what they no longer own as of Jan. 1. Any new items need to be entered on the form in the correct category. The sooner the form is completed, the better chance it will be filled out correctly. Contact the Assessor's office to request a form if one is not received by Jan. 10. It is the taxpayer's responsibility to notify the assessor's office of a change in address.

Another option available to the public is to complete the filing of the personal property online. The email is gassessor@gasconadecountymo.org. The personal identification number (PIN) can be found in the upper right corner of the assessment form.

ATVs and Side by Sides need to be listed on the personal property declaration form. Taxpayers will need a paid receipt to obtain a permit from the Sheriff's office to operate the vehicles on a public road.

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 license plates. These missed items, when added late, will be charged penalties.

Taxpayers who are new residents of Gasconade County since Jan. 1, 2021, 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 the past year -- need to file this declaration form.

For businesses, a different form 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 will need 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. First St., Room 23, Hermann, MO 65041; or by calling (573) 486-3100, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.