Phelps County personal property taxpayers can now complete their assessment forms and manage their assessed personal property online.
The county assessor’s office went live on Wednesday with a new online personal property website available via a link from the assessor’s page on the county website at www.phelpscounty.org/assessor/
“It is pretty awesome and will be a very convenient option for all Phelps County personal property taxpayers,” said County Assessor Bill Wiggins.
To access the site, taxpayers can log in using their account number and a PIN listed on their personal property assessment forms, which were mailed out Jan. 1. The account number is shown above the bar code on a taxpayer’s assessment form and the PIN is located in a box under the taxpayer’s address.
If taxpayers do not have those numbers or need to reset their PIN, they can call the assessor’s office at 573-458-6135 to request them. If a taxpayer has not been assessed in Phelps County before, they will need to call the office to set up their account, Wiggins said.
Once logged in, property owners will be able to complete their assessment using a smart web form that utilizes a VIN decryption service and business personal property list file uploads from the business tax preparer’s schedules among other features.
Taxpayers can find the VIN for their vehicles on their insurance cards, vehicle titles or vehicles themselves. The VIN is used to verify that the assessor’s office has the correct vehicle so that it can be assessed properly.
The website will allow taxpayers to declare property for any tax year from 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 that has not previously had an assessment list returned.
For taxpayers who have already filed their 2013 assessment paper forms, they cannot file again online, but they can view their property.
The website will also allow taxpayers to see the real-time status of their assessments including assessed values of many of the declared items.
“Now people have the ability to see when their property is assessed,” Wiggins said. “This is a live site.”
Wiggins said his office tried to have the site ready by Jan. 1, but several issues delayed the site going live.
“I am pretty excited about the possibilities of efficiency for my office and ease, transparency of process and accuracy for the taxpayer,” Wiggins said, adding that the online option allows for more flexibility.
County residents must have their assessment forms completed online or turned into the assessor’s office before March 1. Second notices will be issued once that deadline passes. After that, residents will begin to be charged late fees.