PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX
Personal property taxes are levied annually against tangible personal property and due upon receipt of the tax bill, but no later than December 31 each year. The United States postal service postmark determines the timeliness of payment. For example, a payment mailed and postmarked on December 29 is considered paid on time even though the Collector's Office does not receive the payment until January 2. The Collector's Office mails tax bills during November. If a tax bill is not received by December 1, contact the Collector's Office at (816) 881-3232. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the obligation to pay taxes and applicable late fees. Taxes not paid in full on or before December 31 will accrue interest, penalties and fees.
Taxes are assessed on personal property owned on January 1 but taxes are not billed until November of the same year. Taxes are due for the entire amount assessed and billed regardless if property is no longer owned or has been moved from Jackson County. State law requires that personal property taxes be paid before license plates on vehicles can be issued or renewed.
METHODS OF PAYMENT
You may now conveniently pay your property taxes online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to the benefits of no waiting in lines to mail your payment or purchase stamps, online payment also offers you the ability to immediately print your Official Paid Tax Receipt to show you have paid your taxes.
You may pay online using your E-check, Visa or MasterCard debit/credit card.
E-check is a method of payment used by the taxpayer in which funds are automatically deducted from the taxpayers' bank account; similar to how a debit card works. There is a convenience fee of $0.40 for using this option which is the exact cost the County pays for this service. The Jackson County Collector's office does not profit from these fees. A taxpayer may pay multiple tax bills, including personal property and real estate tax bills with the same E-check transaction. All parcels paid with a single on-line transaction will appear on one receipt.
Visa or MasterCard Debit/Credit card payments: There is a convenience fee of 2.4% of the total tax bill that is charged to each debit / credit card transaction processed online. The convenience fee is charged and retained by the payment processing company to use the company's services. The Jackson County Collector's office does not receive any of these fees. Therefore, no tax dollars are used to subsidize the convenience of using a credit card to pay property taxes.
All credit card companies charge a fee for the convenience of allowing credit cards to be used. However, if you were to make a purchase of an item at a retail store, you would not see the convenience fee separated out. Instead, that fee would be recovered by the retailer in the form of higher prices on the items purchased.
CLICK HERE to review your account, pay online or print your Official Paid Tax Receipt.
Cash, Personal check, cashier's check, bank draft and money orders are accepted at the Collections Department Offices and by mail (except cash). Please do not send cash through the mail. One check may be written for multiple bills of personal property and real estate, if the total of the bills are added correctly Mailed payments must be postmarked no later than December 31. Payments postmarked after that date will be assessed interest, penalties and fees. In addition, Discover credit card may be presented in person at our Kansas City and Independence County Collections Department Offices. There is a convenience fee charged for the Discover card payment option.