Resources for Business

The Assessor is responsible for the valuation of all taxable property in the County. Every person owning or holding tangible personal property on the first day of January, including all such property purchased on that day, shall be liable for taxes thereon during the same calendar year. The political subdivisions, a.k.a. taxing jurisdictions (school districts, rural fire districts, the county library, etc.) are responsible for setting the tax rates necessary to generate the revenue needed to fund their operations. Property tax rates are set by September 1st of every year.

Missouri's property tax continues to be the largest and most reliable source of funding for the State's local governments, with approximately two-thirds of the taxes collected going to local schools. An efficient, professional assessment program ensures that this stable, steady revenue source is not only maintained but also that it is implemented in a fair and equitable fashion.

Business Personal Property Registration Form





Business Personal Property Values (available after June 1st)

Business Personal Property Assessment Forms

Frequently Asked Questions (Business Personal Property)

What is Business Personal Property?
Business Personal Property consists of every kind of property used by the business that is not real property. It must be movable without damage to itself or the real estate.

Who must render Business Personal Property?
All businesses, except those with an exempt status on January 1st of any year.
Business is defined as: retail stores, distribution, manufacturers, professionals – doctors, lawyers, dentists, business services – any activity located in Clay County except those with an exempt status such as banks, churches, schools, county, state and federal offices, etc.

How do I register my business with the county?
You can visit and print a Business Personal Property Registration Form, fill it out and send it in or come in to one of our two locations and do it in person.

Can I get a breakdown of the assessed value on my account?
Business personal property values can be retrieved online at after June 1 of each year.  If that isn't enough of a breakdown, please put your request in writing via e-mail or postal service.  Our e-mail address is:

May I have an extension for filing my Business Personal Property declaration?
Declarations are due March 1.  Written requests for an extension must be received by March 1, and extensions can only be granted to April 1.

Can I fax my Business Personal Property declaration in?
Yes, please use fax # (816) 407-3461.

How do I appeal my values?
Informal: Will be conducted between April 1 and May 1 by the Assessor's staff of appraisers. Call (816) 407-3520 between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday for an appointment.
Board of Equalization:  Following informal hearings, taxpayers may appeal to the Board of Equalization (BOE). Forms for making application to appeal to the BOE are available at the County Clerk’s office at (816) 407-3582.
State Tax Commission:  Appeals must be received by the State Tax Commission by August 15th or within 30 days of the BOE decision. Taxpayers must first present an appeal to the BOE before appealing to the State Tax Commission.

Can I get a value for my business account?
Business Personal Property values can be retrieved on line at as of June 1 each year.

What type of equipment should be claimed?
Anything that is used for the business that is not considered inventory (for sale).
Examples: office fixtures, office equipment, displays, office furniture, signs, fax copy, machines, phones, file cabinets, office décor, computer equipment (including software), data processing equipment, tools, machinery, high tech equipment (computer driven), slot machines, robotics, construction equipment, etc.

What is MACRS?
The Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) is the current tax depreciation system in the United States. Under this system, the capitalized cost (basis) of tangible property is recovered over a specified life by annual deductions for depreciation.


Additional Resources

Missouri Dept. of Revenue Driver's License Offices

Excelsior Springs   (816) 630-6612   115 Crown Hill Rd
Gladstone   (816) 455-5100   5943 NE Antioch Rd
Liberty   (816) 407-9186   137 N Stewart Rd
North Kansas City   (816) 472-0555   2421 Burlington


Municipalities/Jurisdictions in Clay County

Avondale City Hall   (816) 453-7710  
Birmingham City Hall   (816) 455-0045  
Claycomo City Hall   (816) 452-5539   Fax (816) 452-8872
Excelsior Springs City Hall   (816) 630-0750   Fax (816) 630-4424
Gladstone City Hall   (816) 436-2200   Fax (816) 436-2228
Holt City Hall   (816) 320-3391   Fax (816) 320-2555
Kansas City, City Hall    (816) 513-3600   Fax (816) 513-1363
Kearney City Hall   (816) 628-4142   Fax (816) 628-4543
Liberty City Hall   (816) 439-4400   Fax (816) 439-4419
Mosby City Hall   (816) 628-4875   Fax (816) 628-9941
North Kansas City, City Hall   (816) 274-6000   Fax (816) 421-5046
Oakview City Hall   (816) 436-9150   Fax (816) 436-2671
Pleasant Valley City Hall   (816) 781-3996   Fax (816) 781-6002
Randolph City Hall   (816) 455-9323   Fax (816) 455-9316
Smithville City Hall   (816) 532-3897   Fax (816) 532-3990

Clay County, Mo.

Contact Us

Clay County Assessor
Tracy Baldwin

Clay County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Liberty, Missouri 64068
Phone: (816) 407-3500
Fax: (816) 407-3501
Email the Assessor

Clay County Courthouse Annex
1901 NE 48th St
Kansas City, Missouri 64118
Phone: (816) 407-3470
Fax: (816) 407-3461
Business: (816) 407-3460

234 W. Shrader St, Suite D
Liberty, Missouri 64068
Phone: (816) 407-3370
Fax: (816) 407-3371
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