March 5, 2020
As required by state law, the St. Charles County Assessor will mail approximately 52,400 personal property assessment forms for 2020 by March 13 to taxpayers who failed to respond to the initial January mailing. Forms were due by March 1. Late filing penalties will be applied on May 1.
Individual personal property owners can file their assessment online using the website and unique secure access code printed on the form. The e-filing link also is available through the Assessor’s website, sccmo.org/Assessor. When filing online, taxpayers receive automatic confirmation that their form was received. Citizens who mailed their form can verify receipt on the Assessor’s website through the Personal Property Assessment Confirmation Database.
Those who have questions or did not receive a form to declare their personal property may contact the Personal Property Department at 636-949-7420 or 1-800-822-4012, ext. 7420. The Assessor’s website also has blank individual and business personal property forms available.
“The Assessor’s Office is ready to help if residents have any questions about filing online or personal property in general,” says Scott Shipman, St. Charles County Assessor.
Taxpayers who do not file a personal property assessment each year find themselves at the Assessor’s Office during the end-of-the-year rush, mainly for three reasons:
- New residents are not familiar with the personal property declaration requirement.
- Residents did not receive a tax bill because their personal property declaration form was not returned to the Assessor.
- Residents experience difficulties renewing or registering license plates due to incorrect information reported on their personal property declaration.
By state law, personal property assessments must be filed with the Assessor every year. “Completion of the form assures a fair and equitable distribution of taxes and provides the opportunity to appeal the value if necessary,” says Shipman. “The tax rate for everyone in the county is impacted when citizens do not declare their personal property.”