Personal Property Tax

Personal Property Tax Questions And Answers:

Why is my tax bill so high?

The amount of tax you owe each year is based on the value of the vehicles you owned on January 1 of that year. The value of each vehicle is established by the Platte County Assessor's Office. The assessed value of each vehicle can be found on your statement.

Why is my tax bill higher than my friend’s tax bill?

The amount of tax you owe is based on the value of your vehicles, not on the number of vehicles. It is common for a person with one expensive vehicle to owe more tax than someone with several less expensive vehicles. Also, tax bills vary by taxing district because of levy differences.

Why am I being taxed for a vehicle I no longer own?

The amount of tax you owe is based on the vehicles you owned on January 1 of that year. Regardless of whether you no longer own those vehicles or whether you have purchased new vehicles, your tax is based on what vehicles you owned on January 1.

May I pay my personal and real estate taxes with one check?

Yes, but make sure to add them correctly and send the exact amount due. The Collector’s office cannot accept payments for the wrong amount.

How do I avoid paying late fees?

Please be sure that your payment is postmarked no later than December 31. Payments USPS postmarked after December 31 will be returned unless late fees are included.

Do I owe taxes although I am no longer a Missouri resident?

Yes. By state law, your tax obligation is established on January 1. Even if you move out-of-state the next day, you are still obligated to pay Missouri taxes for the year. State law makes no provision for prorating your tax bill.

Who pays the tax bill if I get a divorce?

The tax responsibility goes to the owner of record on January 1. If property is owned jointly, and the court order dissolving the marriage does not address tax liability, both parties are jointly responsible for taxes. Neither party can obtain a statement of no taxes due until the tax liability is satisfied.