PREPAYMENTS ARE AVAILABLE NOW

Thank you, Clay County residents, for prepaying in 2015!

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We collected almost $426,000 of "early" money in 2015.  When you prepay, you send us the same exact money you will be responsible to pay anyway, but it gets into the hands of your schools, ambulance and fire districts, hospitals, and public service providcers up to 60 days earlier.... AND you get to relax at the holidays and spend your hard earned money on gifts for friends and family instead of sending a chunk to us.

                                                                  WIN...   WIN...   WIN!

 


SALARY AND PAYROLL INFORMATION FOR COLLECTOR EMPLOYEES 

Pursuant to Missouri law, the salaries and pay rates of public employees is public information.  Here is a chart of the current salaries and pay rates in the office of Collector. Last updated June 29, 2016. 2016 Collector salary includes an adjustment authorized by the 2014 Salary Commission, and all Collector staff were given a 3% COLA increase in 2016 by the Clay County Commission.

 

Collector SALARIED $70,848.96
Chief Bookkeeper SALARIED $62,400.00
Asst. Bookkeeper SALARIED $43,680.00
Office Manager HOURLY $19.00
Deputy Collector II HOURLY $17.00
Deputy Collector II HOURLY $15.00
Deputy Collector I HOURLY $14.00
Deputy Collector I HOURLY $14.00
Deputy Collector I HOURLY $14.00
Deputy Collector I HOURLY CURRENTLY ON INDEFINITE LEAVE
Deputy Collector I HOURLY $13.00
Deputy Collector I HOURLY $13.00
Deputy Collector I HOURLY $13.00


 


Online payment, tax information and receipts for current and prior tax years are available here.  Receipts for use at the DMV are no longer accessible immediately when you pay online, but may be viewed online or printed after 12:00 noon the next business day.   If you need a same-day receipt, you MUST pay in person at one of our office locations. PARTIAL PAYMENTS ARE NOW ACCEPTED ONLINE.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS, LOW INCOME, AND DISABLED CLAY COUNTY TAXPAYERS: If you resided in Missouri for ALL of 2015, and you are EITHER over 65 or 100% disabled, AND your total income is less than $30,000 (single) or $34,000 (married filing combined), you may be eligible for the Missouri Property Tax Credit. You must pay your County taxes in full, then use your paid receipt to apply for a credit on your Missouri state taxes.  Click here for complete information on this credit.

PLEASE BE ADVISED that the County will never request your personal banking information over the phone. If someone asks for this information, it is a scam. Please do not give your banking information over the phone to anyone claiming to be collecting delinquent property taxes. If you do have delinquent taxes, the Office of the Collector is more than willing to discuss the matter with you at any time. Call us at 816-407-3200. 

 

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Please note that the fees charged by our online payment processor ARE NOT PAID to Clay County.  They are charged by the bank that processes our payments, and are not something we can control, or waive.  We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Debit cards charge a flat fee of $3.95, no matter how much you pay, and credit cards charge a fee of 2.45%, with no minimum.  You can also pay by e-check for a flat fee of $1.45.  Please note that receipts for use at the DMV are not accessible immediately when you pay, but may be viewed online or printed after 12:00 noon the next business day.  PARTIAL PAYMENTS ARE NOW ACCEPTED ONLINE.

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY AND REAL ESTATE TAX BILLS WILL BE MAILED IN NOVEMBER

  • 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, 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 $1.45. 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. PLEASE DO NOT EVER STOP PAYMENT ON A CHECK ISSUED TO OUR OFFICE unless you contact us first.  When we receive your check, we process it and give the money to the taxing jurisdictions as quickly as possible.  When you stop payment, we have to take money back from them.  If you let us know what you are doing, we will make notes and make sure it is handled correctly in our software.  Otherwise, we will treat a stopped payment as a bounced check. Also, unscrupulous people often pay by check, get their receipt, go the DMV to renew tags, then stop payment on the check.  If you are an honest person, please contact us to let us know why you need to stop payment and pay by alternate means ASAP.
 

YOU CAN NOW MAKE PARTIAL PAYMENTS
We accept partial payments at both office locations, ONLINE, 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. 

 

OFFICE LOCATIONS

  • 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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OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

Below is monthly documentation of expenditures and revenue associated with the Collector's Tax Maintenance Fund.  Summary documents are provided here for your convenience.  Please feel free to contact our office directly at collector@claycountymo.gov if you would like to view more detail on a particular line item.  We try our best to maintain excellent documentation, and we can provide that documentation quickly upon request. As you review these summaries, please note that account numbers beginning in 943 reference the Tax Maintenance Fund.  Some of the documents contain summaries of multiple accounts on a single page.

January 2015 transactions                 July 2015 transactions

February 2015 transactions                August 2015 transactions    

March 2015 transactions                     September 2015 transactions

April 2015 transactions                        October 2015 transactions

May 2015 transactions                         November 2015 transactions

June 2015 transactions                        December 2015 transactions

As a first class county, Clay faces many complex issues when it comes to collecting millions of dollars in delinquent taxes each year.  The county is also brought into dozens of legal cases each year where land owners are appealing assessed value, facing condemnation of their property, attempting to quiet title, going through probate, or facing a myriad of other issues that affect property ownership and liability for taxes.  The Tax Maintenance Fund makes it possible for Clay to take its proper place among the larger, more urban counties in Missouri, and to maintain its record of collecting over 98% of all taxes within three years of original billing.

 

Primary uses of this fund include: technology (Manatron--specifically Ascend, a Thomson Reuters product--is the name of our current software provider), legal representation for delinquent collections and real property issues (Palmer Law Office handles our delinquent collections, Trish Hughes advises us on tax sale and related real property issues, and we occasionally use specialized counsel to resolve levy and bankruptcy questions), legislative vigilance (we constantly work with other jurisdictions and our representatives in Jefferson City to ensure good law stays in place and necessary amendments to law are given proper priority), and education/training (GFOA, MCCA, NTLA, etc.).  

contact us


Clay County Collector
Lydia McEvoy


Clay County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Liberty, Missouri 64068
 

phone: (816) 407-3200
fax: (816) 407-3201
E-Mail
Office Hours

 


Clay County Courthouse Annex
1901 NE 48th St
Kansas City, Missouri 64118