Assessment declaration forms must be returned by March 1

Gasconade County Assessor Paul Schulte’s staff this week will begin mailing out the 2019 personal property declaration forms to property owners. 

Taxpayers are reminded to complete and return this form before the March 1 deadline.

“It is important that the taxpayers get these forms completed and returned,” according to Schulte in a statement issued this past week. “The 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 on the total assessed value. These penalties are printed at the bottom on the back side of the form.”

If you’ve paid taxes in the county previously, you will receive a form containing a list of previously declared property, said Schulte.

“If you were assessed last year, we’ve printed on this year’s form what we had you assessed for,” the statement noted. “Using this information, just check what you still have in the box to the left and draw a line through what you no longer own as of Jan. 1, 2019. 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. Please 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 in address.”

Taxpayers also have the chance to complete their personal property declaration form online through the assessor’s website, www.gasconadecountyassessor.com. 

You will find your personal identification number (PIN) in the upper right corner of your assessment form.

Schulte reminds taxpayers that items frequently missed on the declaration forms 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 cost penalties.

Taxpayers who are new residents of Gasconade County since Jan. 1, 2018, 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 2018, 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.

Schulte said business equipment will be claimed on personal property declarations exactly as it is claimed for income tax purposes.

The form needs to be signed but it does not need to be notarized, according to Schulte.

All inquiries should be directed to the Gasconade County Assessor’s office, 119 E. 1st Street, Room 23, Hermann, Mo., 65041 or by calling 573-486-3100 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. County offices are closed on state and federal holidays.