How can I be sure that I'm only paying my fair share of Real Estate taxes?

The Assessor's Office continually collects and researches sales and lease data, income and expense data, along with other market factors when appraising the current market value of the real property. An important point to remember is that the Assessor Office does not create market value; it analyzes the transactions of buyers and sellers to help determine property values during the reassessment process. It is buyers and sellers that determine the levels of property value with arm's length sales transactions in the marketplace. Collected sales data is used to determine your property's current market value.

Once appraised values have been calculated based on information gathered by appraisers, the values are analyzed to determine how accurate and equitable they are. The Assessor's Office staff compares assessments to sales prices to determine ratios, which are then used to measure the level and uniformity of assessments. Sales ratio studies by neighborhood, type of property, and other criteria are performed regularly to assure uniformity of values.

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1. What is Personal Property?
2. Am I eligible for a tax waiver on my personal property?
3. Why do I need to have the Title or Application for Title to get a waiver?
4. How do I fill out my personal property assessment list?
5. I need to license a car not included on my paid tax receipt. What do I do?
6. What is Business Personal Property?
7. Who must render Business Personal Property?
8. How do I register my business with the county?
9. Can I get a breakdown of the assessed value on my account?
10. May I have an extension for filing my Business Personal Property declaration?
11. Can I fax my Business Personal Property declaration in?
12. What type of equipment should be claimed on my Business Personal Property declaration?
13. What is MACRS?
14. How do I appeal my values?
15. I bought my vehicle in December but did not take possession of it until after January 1st; do I still have to pay taxes on it?
16. I am renewing 2- year license plates; which years’ personal property tax receipts do I need?
17. Why am I being taxed for a vehicle I no longer own?
18. I'm new to Missouri, how long do I have to obtain Missouri license plates and a Missouri’s driver’s license?
19. Do I owe Personal Property taxes although I am no longer a Missouri resident?
20. I was not a Clay County resident on January 1st but I live here now. Why can’t my personal property be assessed here?
21. The property is titled in my name but my relative drives it, do I still have to claim it?
22. My vehicle is not running, do I still have to claim it on my Assessment form?
23. Who pays the Personal Property tax bill if I get a divorce?
24. Why is my Personal Property tax bill so high?
25. Why is there an Assessment penalty on my bill?
26. Why is my Personal Property tax bill higher than my friend’s tax bill?
27. How is the assessed value figured for my personal property?
28. Who makes the decision to reassess real estate property?
29. Why does Clay County reassess real estate property?
30. How can I be sure that I'm only paying my fair share of Real Estate taxes?
31. What is market value?
32. How do foreclosure properties affect my market value?
33. What is Real Estate market value versus assessed value?
34. How does the assessed value affect my real estate taxes?
35. How can I determine the county's market value for my real estate property?
36. How are mobile homes assessed?
37. Aren't mobile homes real estate?
38. I received a bill, but only my mobile home was on it. Why?
39. I no longer live in Clay County. Why am I still being assessed on the mobile home?
40. I'm renting a mobile home, am I responsible for the taxes?
41. How are aircraft assessed?
42. When will my aircraft be considered historic?
43. My aircraft was a kit plane. How is that assessed?
44. My aircraft is in parts, do I still need to claim it?
45. How do I get my aircraft assessed by the State Tax Commission?
46. What is needed to obtain Missouri plates?
47. Moving to Clay County From Another County in Missouri: What is required to license my vehicle in Clay County?
48. How do I get on Clay County’s tax rolls?
49. Moving within Clay County
50. Moving out of Clay County
51. Why do my taxes increase?
52. What are tax levies?
53. Who are the taxing authorities in Clay County?