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To discuss the valuation, call the appropriate unit in which your property is classified:
Residential Assessment Department: 816-881-4661
Commercial Assessment Department: 816-881-3074
Business Personal Property: 816-881-4672
Subsequently, to contest call the office of the Board of Equalization at 816-881-3309
The deadline to file an appeal with the Board of Equalization is the 3rd Monday in June per Missouri Statutes unless extended by the Board.
Please contact the Missouri State Tax Commission https://stc.mo.gov
Contact the Board of Equalization (816-881-3309) for direction regarding the appeal process.
If no one appears on your behalf at the scheduled hearing, the Board will act at their discretion to determine a fair market value based on the evidence presented which may include the County Assessor’s recommendation of value.
Once the appeal deadline has passed, a late appeal request to the Board must be submitted in writing for consideration. The Board will review the request and act at their discretion accordingly.
Hearings may begin July 1 and must end no later than the 4th Saturday in August per Missouri Statutes unless extended by the Board.
The County offers a Senior Citizen Quad Pay Program for real estate taxes. (current year only); for information call the Collections Department at 816-881-3232.
The special tax will appear on last year’s tax bill or contact the Collections Department at 816-881-3232.
An incorrect mailing address can be changed by visiting either the downtown Kansas City or Historic Truman Courthouses or go online and complete a form.
You may obtain a duplicate of your original property tax receipt for free online. You may also obtain a duplicate of your original property tax receipt from our offices. There is a $1 fee for each duplicate receipt. To obtain your property tax receipt, visit the Online Payment Program.
The Collection Department provides daily updated records of paid personal property tax information to the Missouri Department of Revenue; however, Missouri law still requires the taxpayer take his or her personal property receipts with him or her to the Department of Revenue license office when registering or renewing a vehicle registration.
The new owner is responsible for the taxes on the property regardless if a tax bill is received. If you are a new owner and have not received a tax bill by December 10, please contact the Collector’s Office immediately for further instruction. Contact the Collector's Office
A marriage application will need to be completed prior to issuance of your license. The application can be completed either:
In contrast, the Medical Examiner system is a modern invention, a streamlined system for medicolegal death investigation. Medical Examiners are almost always appointed to their positions rather than elected, are always physicians, and should have specialized training in forensic pathology. The Medical Examiner system is the trend of the future in death investigation in the United States, with over half of the states using this system.
In rare circumstances, the terminology may become complex, as a Forensic Pathologist may also be the elected Coroner.
In the state of Missouri, larger urban counties operate under Medical Examiner jurisdiction, while smaller counties, by statute, operate under coroner jurisdiction. Coroners from several rural Missouri counties contract with the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy services when needed. Medical Examiner
The Jackson County Chief Medical Examiner and Deputy Medical Examiners are board-certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology. Some of our medical staff are also board-certified in other areas of pathology, such as Clinical Pathology.
Newly hired Medical Examiners must become board-certified within two years of employment.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office will retain jurisdiction for those deaths that are medical examiner cases in Jackson and Cass counties. Death certificates will be issued from the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office for those deaths that are medical examiner cases, including deaths from injury or who die suddenly and unexpectedly while in apparent good health, suspicious deaths, or deaths when there is no doctor to sign the death certificate. Jackson County currently provides complete forensic services to Jackson and Cass Counties under contract for death investigations, autopsy and lab testing as well as court testimony when necessary. Over 20 other Missouri counties utilize the Medical Examiner’s Office on a referral basis. Autopsies services and other tests are performed to determine cause and manner of death for these counties on a fee for service basis. The death certificates are issued by the referral county coroner/medical examiner based upon the autopsy findings. Local authorities in the referral county will conduct their own scene investigations and share their information with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Autopsies are performed to answer medicolegal questions that are deemed in the “public’s interest" or to address a question of law. However, we recognize that an individual's religious or personal beliefs may be contrary to the performance of an autopsy. In the event of a homicide or suspicious circumstances of death, the Medical Examiner WILL perform an autopsy. If the death is not a homicide, the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office is open to discussion to try to accommodate the families wishes while still meeting our mission and fulfilling the legal obligation presented by an individual's death. If a family wishes for an autopsy not to be performed, they may request so by phone with the on-duty investigator at 816-881-6600.
No, you may mail your payment, pay in person at one of the County’s Collection Department Offices or our satellite offices, or you may also pay your property taxes on-line through the internet 24 hours a day. Please note that the online payment website will close at 11 p.m., December 31.
The Jackson County Courthouse is located at: 415 E 12th Street Suite 100 Kansas City, MO 64106
The Historic Truman Courthouse is located at: 112 W Lexington Suite 114 Independence, MO 64050
Both courthouses are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays observed by Jackson County.
To make an online payment, visit our Online Payment Program.
If you were assessed and paid taxes in Jackson County for the prior two years, you need the prior two years’ receipts. If you were assessed in another Missouri County, you should contact that county for copies of that county’s receipts. If you cannot locate your Jackson County tax receipt for the appropriate year, to reprint your Official Paid Tax Receipt visit the Online Payment Program page.
To obtain a duplicate of your original property tax receipt for free, visit the Online Payment Program page.
If you have current paid property tax receipts or a tax waiver from your previous county for the last two years, you will take these along with the other required information, such as titles/application for title, vehicle registrations or renewals, to the Department of Revenue branch office. However, it is important that you contact the Jackson County Assessment Department by calling 816-881-1330, and let them know you are now a resident of Jackson County and need to be placed on the tax rolls. You can learn more from the Assessment Department.
Real property is reassessed every odd-numbered year (2017, 2019, 2021, etc.) Personal property is assessed every year.
Contact the exemption unit at 816-881-3483 for Real Estate. They will send an application to the taxpayer.
If you do not agree with your assessment, there are steps you can take in the review and appeal process. Our objective is to establish the correct market value of the property by equalizing values and adjusting to the current market conditions as of January 1, 2019. You should determine what you believe to be the value of your property and gather evidence that supports that value to present to the Assessment Department. Such evidence could include photographs, the recent sale of your property and/or a recent appraisal of your property. As part of the initial Informal Review process you should be prepared to electronically transmit all such documents to the Assessment Department. Please view
You should determine what you believe to be the value of your property and gather evidence to support that value. Present all such evidence to the Assessment Department through the online Informal Review application or through email after you’ve spoken to an Assessment Department representative at 816-881-4601. Such evidence could include photographs, the recent sale of your property and/or a recent appraisal of your property. Documents might include a recent appraisal, sale contract, closing statement, photos, estimate for repairs, a statement of construction cost (if recently built) and/or comparable sales (if recently bought/sold). As part of the initial Informal Review process you should be prepared to electronically transmit all such documents to the Assessment Department.Please view
The final tax levies are normally set during August. The final taxes due for your property cannot be determined until the rates have been set by all of the local governments that tax your property.
Learn about when your taxes are due on the County Collector's webpage.
Telephones are staffed during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays observed by Jackson County).
The Senior Citizen Quad Payment Program gives Jackson County seniors the option to spread payment of their County real estate tax bills over four equal installments - without interest or penalties applying. The installments are due December 31 of the tax year and then February 28, May 31 and August 31 of the following year. Missouri Department of Revenue Website
Corridor planning and design will focus on preservation of the national rail network corridor’s integrity, most notably the railroad corridor’s unencumbered continuity, and on multi-modal transportation options as the corridor remains available for freight service.
The county expects to begin shared use path construction in 2017 to be completed by late 2018 or early 2019.
Estimates for the shared use path are about $1 million per mile, or $18 million. Jackson County already has $10 million in federal funds set aside and a $2.5 million dollar local match.
Yes, eventually. The Rock Island State Park connecting the Katy Trail from Windsor to Pleasant Hill opened in December of 2016. Between Pleasant Hill and the end of our corridor is an area called the Greenwood Connector, this is between 5 and 11 miles depending on the chosen route. Discussions and plans are underway with various partners on closing this gap.
Cash, Personal check, cashier's check, bank draft, money order, 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 by the United States Postal Service no later than December 31. Payments postmarked after that date will be assessed interest and penalties.
Notice: The Jackson County Courthouse and the Historic Truman Courthouse are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays observed by Jackson County.
On December 31, a drop box for property tax payments will be located at the west door of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City (415 E 12th Street) and at the front door of the Truman Courthouse in Independence (112 W Lexington Ave). Both drop boxes will close at midnight. Do not place cash in either drop box. To review your account or print your Official Paid Tax Receipt, visit the
Failure to pay any installment in the time and manner provided shall cause a senior to be removed from the quad payment program and will result in interest and penalties being charged retroactively back to the first day of January of the year following the initial billing of the real estate taxes as if the senior had never been in the quad pay program and had simply paid late on their taxes.
Once removed from the quad pay program for failure to make a timely quad installment payment, a senior taxpayer may not be allowed to rejoin the quad pay plan for the purpose of completing the installments still due for the most recent tax year. However, any eligible senior will be allowed to rejoin the quad installment plan for future tax years after completing a new senior quad pay application as long as all prior year taxes are paid and not delinquent.