St. Charles County officials are urging residents to take care when submitting their personal property assessment forms this year.
The County Assessor mailed approximately 178,000 personal property assessment forms by Jan. 22. Completed assessment forms are due to the assessor’s office by March 1.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, taxpayers are strongly encouraged to file personal property using contactless methods such as online, by mail, or via the drive-through drop box in front of the County Administration Building at 201 N. Second Street in St. Charles.
Individual personal property owners have the option to file online using the e-filing website, their account number and the unique secure access code located in a purple box on the top third of their assessment form. Access to the e-filing website is available at sccmo.org/Assessor.
“This is the fastest and most efficient way to submit a personal property assessment, and more and more residents take advantage of this opportunity since we launched e-filing in 2013,” St. Charles County Assessor Scott Shipman said. “E-filing also allows personal property owners to save and print their completed 2021 assessment for their records after it’s submitted.”
Residents also can complete the form and send it to: St. Charles County Assessor, 201 N. Second Street, Room 141, St. Charles, MO 63301.
If an assessment form is going to be dropped off in the drop box in front of the County Admissions, it must be placed in the blue-labeled “County” drop box. A form placed in the “City” drop box could result in penalties for the related account if the assessor does not receive it by March 1.
Those who wish to file in person can do so at the assessor’s service windows at the County Administration Building, 201 N. Second Street in St. Charles, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday–Friday, excluding holidays.
Forms also may be submitted in the indoor drop box located on the first floor of the Administration Building. Visitors will need to undergo a COVID-19 health screening upon entering the building and register for the assessor’s queue through the QLess kiosk in the lobby, through the QLess app on their mobile device, or through the QLess link available at sccmo.org/Assessor or sccmo.org/QLess. Monitors in the lobby and a text notification on a mobile device will update those in the queue, and visitors will be alerted visually and audibly through the monitor or their mobile device when it is their turn to approach the windows. Staff at the security desk in the lobby are available to assist with QLess registration.
By state law, the assessor is charged with placing a fair market value on real and personal property, as property tax in Missouri is based on property value. Personal property assessments must be filed annually by those who own personal property and live in St. Charles County as of Jan. 1. Examples of personal property include vehicles, motorcycles, campers, boats and farm equipment. Those who fail to complete their personal property assessment may be charged a late-filing penalty up to $105. Additionally, failing to file a personal property assessment form may delay the ability to renew or register license plates for a vehicle.
“The tax rate for everyone in the county is impacted by those who do not declare their personal property,” Shipman said. “A fair and equitable distribution of taxes is assured when everyone submits the form by the deadline.”
Residents can visit lookups.sccmo.org/assessor/form to verify that the assessor has received their completed assessment. Verification of assessment receipt is posted within two business days for online filing and as soon as possible for mail and drop box submissions after the assessment is received and processed. New county residents and those with questions can call the Personal Property office at (636) 949-7420.