Frequently Asked Questions
SHOULD I RECEIVE A PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX BILL?
Any person who resides in St. Charles County on the 1st day of year and owns any tangible personal property made taxable by the laws of the State of Missouri must pay a personal property tax bill for that year.
HOW MUCH ARE MY TAXES?
Property taxes are made up of two components: (1) ASSESSED VALUE RATE and (2) TAX RATE. The ASSESSED VALUE, as determined by the County Assessor, is based upon a percentage of the market value of the property. The TAX RATE per $100 of assessed value, is determined by the location of the property.
TAX RATES BY LOCATION
The TAX RATE is established initially by a vote of the residents within the boundaries of the taxing subdivision. Property tax rates are monitored and approved annually by the State Auditor. Examples of these taxing subdivisions would include public schools, fire districts, library district, ambulance district and cities.
Tax bills are mailed to taxpayers by December 1st of the tax year. Bills are due upon receipt and last due without late payment interest and penalty by December 31st of the tax year. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve a taxpayer of the obligation to pay timely (Section 52.240 RSMo). Payments received on or after January 1st of the year following the year for which tax was assessed must include late payment interest and penalty in accordance with Sections 52.590, 139.100 and 140.100 RSMo.
WHAT IF I LOSE MY PERSONAL PROPERTY PAID RECEIPT?
A duplicate receipt is available from the Collector's Office for a statutory fee of $1.00.
All of the license bureaus in St. Charles County have access to the State paid tax database which is updated at least weekly. License Bureau personnel may be willing to look up the paid tax information. There is a nominal fee for this service charged and retained by the individual License Offices.
SHOULD I RECEIVE A REAL ESTATE TAX BILL?
The party holding title to a parcel of real estate at the end of the tax year is responsible for the real estate tax. Often taxes are pro-rated at the time of closing between a buyer and seller and the buyer is then responsible for the full tax payment at the end of the year.
WHAT IS OCCUPANCY TAX?
The Citizens of St. Charles County adopted Section 137.082 RSMo providing for the assessment and collection of Occupancy Tax during the 1990 General Election. This section states "a building or other structure classified as residential property... newly constructed and occupied...
shall be assessed and taxed... as of the first day of the month following the date of occupancy for the proportionate part of the remaining year...."