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NEW RESIDENT2018-02-09T12:31:43-05:00

Assessments are based on where you lived/what you owned January 1.

If You Moved From Another County:

If you have moved within Missouri, fill out this Change of Address form so the Clay County Assessor’s Office is aware you have moved in. You may also contact us via phone (see below). Within 30 days of your move, you need to personally come into the Assessor’s office and add your name and property to the tax rolls.  This must be done in person.  Once you are added, you will automatically receive an assessment list from Clay County each year.

When going to the DMV, use your Personal Property Tax receipt from your previous county of residence.

If You Moved From Another State:

If you moved into Missouri from another state, fill out this Change of Address form so the Clay County Assessor’s Office is aware you have moved in. You may also contact us via phone (see below). Within 30 days of your move, you need to personally come into the Assessor’s office and add your name and property to the tax rolls. This must be done in person. Once you are added, you will automatically receive an assessment list from Clay County each year.

Bring your out-of-state title, application for title, or registration to the Clay County Administrative Building (or the Annex) to obtain a tax waiver. The Assessment Department needs your Clay County address, phone number and Social Security Number.

For the DMV: proof of insurance, a Missouri State Inspection Certificate, a tax waiver from the Clay County Assessor’s office, and money/check or debit/credit card, to obtain Missouri plates (you have 30 days to do so).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to license my vehicle in Clay County?2020-01-20T12:05:47-05:00

You will need the title or registration to the vehicle, proof of insurance, a Missouri State Inspection Certificate, and a copy of the tax receipt showing paid taxes from the county where you were a resident on January 1 of the previous year. If you have two-year tags on your vehicle, the license office will require the previous two years tax receipts.

What is needed to obtain Missouri plates?2020-01-20T12:05:48-05:00

You will need the title or registration to the vehicle, proof of insurance, a Missouri State Inspection Certificate, and a tax waiver from the Clay County Assessor’s office.

How long do I have to obtain Missouri license plates and a Missouri’s driver’s license?2020-01-20T12:05:48-05:00

You have 30 days to obtain Missouri license plates and a Missouri’s driver license.

When should I fill out a change of address form?2020-01-20T12:05:52-05:00

Anytime you move into Clay County, within Clay County, or out of Clay County, you need to let Clay County know. Please only fill out this form for personal property (non-real estate) tax purposes.

You also need to notify the Assessor’s office of your old county of residence (if moving into Clay County) or your new county of residence (if moving out of Clay County).

How do I fill out my assessment list?2020-01-20T12:05:53-05:00

When you get your assessment list in the mail, you will find that your address and property from the previous year are pre-printed on the form.  If there are changes to your address, please make those changes in the spaces provided.  Even if you have moved out of Clay County, and your mail was forwarded please mail the list back to the Assessor’s office informing us of this so that you may be removed from the tax rolls and avoid future mailings.

The property that is preprinted on the list is the property that was on file for you the preceding year.  Any property that has been disposed of you will need to draw a line through and provide the date disposed of.  Below the list of pre-printed items are sections for you to list property that was acquired during the previous year.  Be sure to fill the form out completely. Do not re-list property that has been pre-printed for you.  Should corrections need to be made to the pre-printed property lines item, make those corrections directly to them.

The assessment form must be accurately completed and returned to the Clay County Assessor’s office before March 1 in order to avoid a late filing penalty.

Generally, leased vehicles are claimed by the leasing company and you are not directly responsible for the taxes.  However, there are exceptions so you may want to check with your leasing company before listing a leased vehicle.

If you have further questions, please contact the Assessor’s Office at (816) 407-3520 (personal property) or (816) 407-3470 (business personal property).

How is the assessed value figured for my personal property?2020-01-20T12:05:53-05:00

MO State Statute 137.080
By law, personal property is divided into sub classes.

Grain
½ of 1% of true market value
Livestock
12% of true market value
Motor Vehicles
33 ⅓% of true market value
Manufactured Homes
19% of true market value
Historic Aircraft & Vehicles
5% of true market value
All other personal property
33 ⅓% of true market value

Classification and assessment ratios are set by the State Law and cannot be changed by the Assessor.

Who pays the tax bill if I get a divorce?2020-01-20T12:05:53-05:00

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.  If you are separated and not legally divorced we can not split the bill once it is made.  We can separate the account for the next year.  If you are legally divorced you will need to provide copies of the final divorce decree showing who is responsible for each vehicle and you must have a current address for each party.

My vehicle is not running, do I still have to claim it on my Assessment form?2020-01-20T12:05:54-05:00

Yes.  Any vehicle titled in your name must be claimed regardless of condition.

The property is titled in my name but my relative drives it, do I still have to claim it?2020-01-20T12:05:54-05:00

Yes.  The license bureau requires that anything titled in your name have a matching receipt (in your name) showing that taxes were paid on that vehicle.

I was not a Clay County resident on January 1st but I live here now. Why can’t I just be assessed here?2020-01-20T12:05:54-05:00

Missouri law states that you must claim your personal property in the county you resided in on January 1st.  We would be happy to put you on our mailing list for the next year.  Please contact our office at (816) 407-3520 or fill out this Change of Address form.

Why do I need to have the Title or Application for Title to get a waiver?2020-01-20T12:05:55-05:00

We need to verify that the vehicle you are tagging is going to be licensed in your name before we issue the waiver and we also need the make, model, and vehicle identification number (VIN) to assess your vehicle properly.

Am I eligible for a tax waiver on my personal property?2020-01-20T12:05:55-05:00

To qualify for a tax waiver in Clay County, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • You are new to our state.
  • You are a former resident returning to Missouri from another State and no unpaid personal property taxes are due in Clay or any other Missouri County.
  • You lived in Clay County on January 1st of the previous year but you did not have any personal property titled in your name.

If you meet requirement No. 1 or 2, you will need to bring your out-of-state title, application for title, or registration.  If you do not have a vehicle that was registered in that state you must provide proof of residence in that state for Jan 1 of the previous year.

If you meet requirement No. 3, you must bring the title or application for title in order to receive a tax waiver.

There is no fee for a tax waiver.

What is Personal Property?2020-01-20T12:05:55-05:00

According to MO State Statute 137.075 “Persons owning or holding tangible personal property on the 1st day of January shall be liable for taxes.”  Personal property includes all motor vehicles, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, trailers, boats, motors, mobile homes, aircraft, farm machinery, livestock and grain.

The Assessor sends out assessment lists at the end of each year.  It is your responsibility to return that list to the Assessor’s office by March 1, listing the taxable personal property you own as of January 1 of that year.  Under state law, there is no provision for prorating taxes for a partial year, and you may be penalized if the form is not returned to the Assessor’s office by March 1.

What is required to be put on the tax rolls of Clay County?2020-01-20T12:05:56-05:00

If you are a new resident, or have moved, you need to contact the Clay County Assessor’s Office so that they can put you on the tax rolls.

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816-407-3520 816-407-3470 816-407-3500