This upcoming week, the St. Charles County Assessor’s Office will be mailing approximately 160,000 personal property declaration forms to St. Charles County residents.
But the big news is that this year residents will be able to file their declarations online.
“Online filing will make the process more convenient,” said Scott Shipman, St. Charles County Assessor. “Individual personal property owners can file online any time before the deadline and will receive an automatic confirmation once their declaration is received.”
The deadline for personal property tax declarations is March 1, 2013. Failing to complete the declaration could mean a late-filing penalty of as much as $100.
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 homepages of county’s website, www.sccmo.org, and the assessor’s website, assessor.sccmo.org, by Jan. 21.
“Completion of the form by the deadline is especially important because it assures a fair and equitable distribution of the tax burden,” Shipman said. “When people do not declare their personal property, it impacts the tax rate for everyone in the county.”
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.