Breaking news from Lydia McEvoy,
Clay County Collector...
ADVANCE PAYMENTS ARE COMING MAY 1, 2014!
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START PAYING YOUR 2014 TAXES MAY 1,
AND AVOID THE PAIN AT CHRISTMAS
Beginning May 1, the Collector's office will begin accepting pre-payments of 2014 taxes. You will be able to pay any amount over $20, any time prior to October 1, on your future real or personal property tax bill. Prepayments will be held in a separate account, without interest, until 2014 bills are generated. They will be applied before bills are mailed, and your mailed or online bill will reflect your outstanding balance. Overpayments will be refunded one time per year. Prepayments cannot be adjusted, refunded, or applied to taxes at any time throughout the year. They will be applied to the annual tax bill in late October or early November, and refunds and adjustments will be made one time, after the annual tax bills have been generated. No prepayments will be accepted between October 1 and January 31 each year.
We cannot help you estimate the amount of taxes you will owe in 2014. Please use your tax bill from 2013 to estimate the amount you should pre-pay--taking into account any changes in the property you owned, or any changes in the levy rates that apply to your address. If you own different property this year than last, you can roughly estimate the taxes using the following calculations:
FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY
Market value of property x 33.3% x levies that apply to the address where the property is legally located (usually 8-10% depending on a variety of factors)
Example: A car is worth $10,000 according to the NADA average trade-in value. Multiply $10,000 x 33% to get $3,300 in assessed value. Then multiply $3,300 by the levies that apply to the address where the property is legally located. If your total levies (don't forget to include your city) are 9%, your tax bill on your $10,000 car will be $297. Don't forget this amount now includes both the county and your city.
FOR RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE
Market value of property x 19% x levies that apply to your address
Example: Your home is worth $180,000 in an arms-length, open market transaction (not a foreclosure price, or the price you paid when you bought it from someone desperate to sell).
Multiply $180,000 x 19% to get an assessed value of $34,200. Then multiply $34,200 by the levies that apply to the address of the property. If your total levies (don't forget to include your city) are 9%, your tax bill on your $180,000 house will be $3,078. Don't forget this amount now includes both the county and your city.
You can determine the levies that apply to a particular tax parcel by looking at last year's bill, but keep in mind that levies often change from year to year.
**COMMERCIAL AND AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY HAVE DIFFERENT ASSESSED VALUE CALCULATIONS AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL TAXES.**
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING POLICIES THAT WILL APPLY TO ALL PREPAYMENTS
Prepayments must be made by written instrument (check, money order, etc.—no credit cards or cash). You may use your bank's online bill payment system.
All payments received at any time from any taxpayer will be applied to the oldest taxes first. You may not prepay a future year if you owe taxes from 2013 or earlier.
A valid Clay County parcel number, current address, and working phone number must be written on all prepayments. Prepayments sent without this information will be returned, uncashed.
If you use your bank's online bill pay to send us a pre-payment, please have your bank write "PREPAYMENT" in the memo line, and make sure your parcel number appears on the check. You may only prepay one parcel per check. Any online bill payments received in this office with uncertain information will be returned, uncashed.
You may only prepay one parcel per check. Payments sent to us with instructions to apply a single check to more than one parcel will be returned, uncashed.
You must be assessed each year before you prepay! If you send us money, but do not have an assessment on file with the assessor's office, we will return your money without applying it to a tax bill. We will not be able to verify whether you were assessed until October or November, so all refunds will be issued at that time.
Money paid to the Collector's office in anticipation of a future tax bill cannot be returned or refunded under any circumstances until the annual bill file is created (late October or early November). At that time, all money that is not applied to a tax bill will be refunded.
Money paid to the Collector's office in anticipation of a future tax bill will not earn interest under any circumstances.
All refunds of prepayments will be sent to the name and address on the check, and will take at least two weeks to process.
If a prepayment check is returned by the bank for any reason, we will not accept prepayments from that person or on that parcel for 3 years from the date the check is returned.
We will mail you a receipt for every payment, but these receipts cannot be viewed online or used at the DMV.
If prepayments are returned or refunded to you for any reason, you still remain fully responsible for your 2014 taxes, and you will be responsible for interest and penalties that accrue if 2014 taxes are not paid on or before December 31, 2014.
Prepayment is an OPTIONAL service provided by this office. If you choose to prepay your tax account, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure we have good contact information on file for you. A valid email address would be greatly appreciated. If you give us a phone number or email address, and there is a question about your payment, we will try to contact you to resolve the question. If you do not give us this information, and a question arises, we will have no choice but to mail your payment back to you.
2013 PERSONAL PROPERTY AND REAL ESTATE TAX BILLS ARE NOW AVAILABLE.
- If your mortgage company pays your taxes out of an escrow account, you may not receive a bill—it may have been sent directly to them. PLEASE VERIFY tax payments with your mortgage company.
- All taxes are due by December 31, 2013, whether or not you receive a bill.
- All cities in Clay County have now contracted with the Collector’s Office to incorporate their city tax amounts into existing county tax bills. Please be assured that your bill will still be handled with the utmost care. Please go to our Frequently Answered Questions for more information regarding city tax bills and how they are incorporated into county tax bills.
NEED TO MAKE A PAYMENT WHEN WE'RE CLOSED?
Use our outdoor drop boxes! If you drop your payment in our outdoor boxes, you can pick up your receipt or access it online in 3 business days, or we can mail it to you.
PLEASE PAY ONLINE
You NO LONGER NEED a PIN to pay online, and you can print your receipt immediately from home. YOU CAN USE AN E-CHECK TO PAY ONLINE FOR A FLAT FEE OF ONLY $1.50. Please type carefully. If your e-check is rejected because you typed your routing or account number wrong, it will be treated as a bounced check, and all fees, penalties, and interest applicable to bounced checks will apply.
YOU CAN NOW MAKE PARTIAL PAYMENTS
We accept partial payments at both office locations, and in our internal and external drop boxes. Interest and penalty will still accrue on the unpaid balance, and you will not be able to renew your tags until your bill is paid IN FULL. We cannot currently accept partial payments online.
- One Courthouse Square, Liberty, MO 64068 (The large, white building in the center of the historical Liberty square.)
- 1901 NE 48th Street, Kansas City, MO 64118 (Just west of the intersection of Antioch and Vivion. Next to Northgate Middle School.)
- Maps & Directions
We take payments until 5:00 at our Liberty location, and until 4:30 at our Annex location. PLEASE WATCH THE TIME! In order to serve everyone by closing time, we will cut off the line early as needed.
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