Letter carriers have been busy lately, delivering more than 101,200 personal property assessment declaration forms to Jefferson County mailboxes.
The Jefferson County Assessor’s Office sent out the forms, which ask county residents to report personal property they owned as of Jan. 1.
The 2022 list of personal property every taxpayer owns is due by March 1 and for most residents, questions about cars, trucks, SUVs and boats.
However, the list also asks for information on trailers, livestock, farm machinery, and business-related equipment, all of which are considered taxable personal property.
This personal property list will be used to prepare personal property tax bills due by the next New Year’s Eve.
Assessor Bob Boyer said it’s important that all county residents return their listings correctly and promptly because approximately 20% of property taxes paid to schools, fire protection districts and ambulance districts come from of personal property.
Boyer said more county residents are using an electronic option to file their returns.
This is the fourth year that e-filing has been offered and about 35,000 residents used the electronic option last year, he said.
The online filing process should take about 15 or 20 seconds for those who had the same property on Jan. 1, 2022, as they did on Jan. 1, 2021, Boyer said.
The declaration form that was recently mailed out includes a website address and PIN for those wishing to file electronically.
Those needing to add vehicles are encouraged to have the Vehicle Information Number (VIN) for the new vehicle handy.
Under state law, those who delay returning their return after March 1 will be charged a late fee.
The traditional alternatives to e-filing — mailing the form back or dropping it off at the Assessor’s Office at the Jefferson County Administrative Center, 729 Maple St., Hillsboro, are still available.
Those who do not receive a property tax return form or have questions about the process can call the assessor’s office at 636-797-5343 or email [email protected]