Frequently Asked Questions
type of property is considered taxable personal
Personal property tax is a tax which is based upon
the value of taxable personal
property. The following types of personal property
are considered taxable: motor
vehicles, trailers, mobile homes, watercraft, boat
motors, aircraft, livestock, farm machinery and
equipment, and any other personal property not
exempted by law.
I don't own this vehicle
anymore, why am I getting a bill on it?
Taxes are assessed on property owned on January 1
each year. Even if you no longer own the vehicle,
own a different vehicle, or no longer own any
vehicle, the tax is based on what was owned on
January 1. The tax amount is not prorated. The total
tax amount is due upon receipt of the statement, but
no later than December 31 or late payment charges
will be assessed.
Do I have to pay my taxes
No. We have several methods of payment.
When are my taxes due?
Under state law taxes are due upon receipt of the
tax bill but no later than December 31.
For payments made by mail to be on time, the
postmark date must be December 31 or earlier. To
ensure your mailed payment is timely, contact the
post office to determine the office hours for mail
cancellation. Payments placed in post office mail
drop boxes do not always receive the same day
postmark. The collector’s office highly recommends
mailing several days before the December 31
Payments made in
person are accepted during regular business hours
(8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday) at the
collector’s office. Payments placed in the
Collector’s drop box before midnight December 31,
are timely. The Collector’s drop box is located at
Annex 1 on the front of the building at 201 W. Wall
I need to license a car not
included on my paid tax receipt. What do I do?
If you bought your car after January 1 of last year,
use last year's receipt. Property taxes are not
assessed on the new vehicle until you've owned it on
January 1. If you owned the vehicle on January 1 of
last year and it is not listed on your receipt, or
is incorrect on your receipt or statement, please
contact the assessor’s Office.
I am no longer a Missouri
resident; do I still owe this tax bill?
Yes. Under state law, your tax obligation is
established on January 1. Even if you move to a
different state the next day, you are still taxed.
However, if you move into
on January 2, you are not taxed for that year. The
tax bill is not pro-rated. The entire amount is due.
I am renewing two (2) year
license plates; which years' personal property tax
receipts do I need?
If you were assessed and paid taxes in
County for the prior two
years, you will need copies of the last two years
receipts. If you were assessed in another
County, you may need to
contact that county. If you cannot locate your tax
receipt for the appropriate year, please call our
office, at (816) 380-8377, for additional
have moved; do I need to
let you know my new address?
Yes. We mail bills to
the address on file. Every year mail is returned by
the post office as undeliverable because the
forwarding time has expired. Penalties will accrue
and are due if the bill is not paid before January
1, whether or not the bill is received by the
taxpayer. You may
update your address with the assessor’s office.
Why is my tax bill so high?
The amount of tax you
owe is based on the assessed value of the tangible
personal property you owned on January 1 of that
year. The higher the market value of the property,
the higher the assessed value and therefore the
higher the amount due. The value of the property is
determined by the county assessor using standardized
information. The assessed value of your vehicles and
other property is listed on your tax bill.
Personal Property Tax = (Assessed Value/100) × Tax
Your personal property tax is calculated by dividing
the assessed value of the property by 100, and then
multiplying that value by the tax rate for your
How do I avoid paying late
Your payment must be received by the collector or
postmarked no later than December 31. Payments
received or postmarked after December 31 must
include late charges as accrued for the month of
payment. Late fees go up on the first of each month
beginning January 1 until the bill is paid in full.
items do I take with me to renew my license plates?
A paid personal property tax
receipt or statement of non-assessment as requested
by the Department of Revenue
A motor vehicle inspection
slip, if required
Proof of insurance
Renewal notice, if applicable
I have lost my
personal property tax receipt, how do I obtain a
A duplicate paid
personal property tax receipt may be obtained from
the Collector's Office for no additional charge.
We can mail, fax,
or e-mail upon request.
Also, you can print a copy of your
receipt online by going to
Search Personal Property or Real Estate Tax
not pay personal property taxes last year in Cass
County, how can I renew my license plates?
The Motor Vehicle
Bureau will accept a non-assessment form in place of
a paid property tax receipt. This form states that
you were neither assessed nor owe taxes in
Cass County. You may obtain a non-assessment
form from the Assessor’s Office if:
You are new to the
state of Missouri;
You are licensing the
first vehicle in your name;
And, you do
not have personal property taxes due to any
I lease my vehicle, who pays the personal property
The leasing company is
generally billed for personal property taxes on all
vehicles it owned on January 1. Please check your
lease agreement for additional information.
leasing company pays my personal property taxes,
what will I need to take to the license bureau?
If you are renewing
the plates on your leased vehicle, you will need a
copy of the leasing company’s paid receipt. A
duplicate paid receipt may be obtained from our
office for no additional charge.