Every year, the Assessor’s office determines the value of all taxable personal property within the City. This applies to anyone who owns a business, and it's separate from real property. Auditors go out to identify the names and locations of all businesses located in the City.
The Assessor’s office relies on Personal Property Tax Statements to determine the value of the personal property. Property owners are required to file their Personal Property Tax Statement no later than February 20th every year.
While processing statements, auditors flag statements that may be incorrect. If they find errors, auditors will follow up with the business owner to conduct an audit. Audits typically require a review of certain company books. In some cases, audits may also include a site inspection.
Audits are an important part of the annual personal property review program. Businesses that don't file a personal property tax statement may also be audited. Businesses selected for audit will receive a letter from the City Assessor’s office. The letter will provide the following information:
Results are sent to property owners at the conclusion of the audit.
Business owners should notify the Assessor’s office when they open, close, sell, or change the name of their business. Providing this information will assist in keeping accurate records.