The St. Charles County Assessor will mail approximately 165,000 personal property declaration forms by the weekend of Jan. 16-17. Declarations are due to the Assessor by March 1.
Individual personal property owners have the option to file their declarations online. “Two years ago we launched the capability for individual personal property owners to file online, which has made filing much more convenient for citizens,” said Scott Shipman, St. Charles County Assessor. “Individual personal property owners can file online from the comfort of their home any time before the deadline and will receive an automatic confirmation once their declaration is received.”
Personal property owners will be able to file their declarations online starting Jan. 20. Printed on the personal property declaration is an E-filing website and unique secure code for individual personal property owners to access their accounts. The E-filing website link will also be featured on the Assessor’s website, http://assessor.sccmo.org. Those who filed online in previous years should note that the unique secure code changes each year; the code printed on 2015 personal property declarations should be used to access online accounts this year.
Those who fail to complete their declaration by the March 1 deadline will be charged a late-filing penalty ranging up to $100.
“When people do not declare their personal property, it impacts the tax rate for everyone in the county,” said Shipman. “Completion of the form by the deadline is especially important because it assures a fair and equitable distribution of the tax burden.”
Residents and businesses that do not receive a personal property assessment form can download blank forms from the Assessor’s website or can contact the St. Charles County Personal Property Department at 636-949-7420 or 1-800-822-4012, ext. 7420.