Shock Sticker – Your property tax returns are in the mail

We’ve all been warned for about a year that property taxes will be higher, much higher due to the massive increase in overall property values ​​over the past 18 months.

Missoula County Clerk and Treasurer Tyler Gernant spoke to KGVO News on Monday morning with the news.

“You’re going to get the same type of property tax bill that you have been getting for a few years,” Gernant said. “All these will be posted no later than October 28eso you should have them in your mailboxes later this week or early next week. They are all available online as well, and have been for about a week now. So if you go to Missoula taxes.us, you can search for your tax bill either by your personal number or by name.

The last time the KGVO spoke with Gernant, he said the worst property tax hike is coming this year, and he was right.

“I hate to say I told you, but these changes have happened. For probably the vast majority of people, your taxes have gone up, ”he said. “For a lot of people, they’ve increased a lot. There are, and I say this every year, there are kinds of magical unicorns whose taxes have gone down, and their appraised value has gone down. These are rare but they do exist. For most people your taxes have gone up, and for a lot of people your taxes have gone up a lot.

The last time the KGVO spoke with Gernant, he said the worst property tax hike is coming this year, and he was right.

Gernant had advice on where to seek relief for those who complained about their property taxes.

“The first thing I do is encourage you to go online,” he said. “The Department of Revenue has a property registration card, and if you go to the Montana Department of Revenue website and make sure that everything on your property registration card is correct, as this has tend to be the main reason for errors and higher taxes. It could be that there is a basement that does not exist or maybe you are taxed for a shed that you no longer have, and so making sure this is correct will be the first step in you.

A very important point that Gernant wanted to make was that your property taxes must be paid on time, otherwise there are significant penalties.

“There is a pretty severe penalty if you pay even a minute late,” he said. “So we really recommend that you pay on time. This is two percent of the amount of tax paid. So if you owed $ 100, you would have a penalty of two percent or two dollars immediately when you pay late. On top of that, there is an interest component that charges 10 percent per year, it’s going to be on that overdue payment, so it gets pretty steep. The good news is, if you’re sending your tax payment in the mail, the postmark date is what we’re using. So you can send it anytime up to the due dates and we always count as a timely payment. “

Tax payments for the first half of the year are due by November 30, 2021. Use the pre-printed coupon you receive in the mail, or you can pay online.

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