A modern approach to citizen engagement suggests that some citizens appreciate the ability to interact with their local government in a digital environment, such as online access to services to; pay property taxes, research publicly available information, submit documents and forms, etc. That’s where Engage™ comes in!
Engage™ is an online resource where citizens, real estate professionals, businesses, etc. can access all kinds of publicly available information related to property, such as; owner name, assessed value, improvement information, property taxes, property record cards, interactive forms, and so much more!
Engage™ is intended to be an intuitive, user-friendly application. However, we know that some features of Engage™ could use a bit of guidance to be completely beneficial to you. This informative guide will serve to provide you with a bit more guidance, should you have a need. As well to the left, we are happy to provide you with a number of resources to assist you in your property assessment journey.
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The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) has a new online service portal to file business personal property filings! This system will be available in January 2021. Please contact our office at (812) 254-8660 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions. You may also visit the Department’s website for more information at https://www.in.gov/dlgf/7576.htm.
The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) has revised the Sales Disclosure Form (State Form 46021), effective January 1, 2021. Please contact our office at (812) 254-8660 or email@example.com if you have any further questions. You may also visit the Department's website to access the new forms or for more information at https://www.in.gov/dlgf/8294.htm.
For more on the Notice of Assessment of Land and Improvements (Form 11), please visit the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).
An appeal of the current year's assessment may have two different filing deadlines which are based on when the Form 11 notice of assessment is mailed. If the Form 11 is mailed before May 1st of the assessment year, the filing deadline is June 15th of that year. If the Form 11 is mailed after April 30th of the assessment year, the filing deadline is June 15th of the year that tax statements are mailed. IC 6-1.1-15-1.1
Assessed values fluctuate with the market. Valid sales provide a comprehensive indication of trends. An arm's length sale of a property is a significant factor in determining market trends, which may affect your assessed value.
Sales disclosures for April 19, 1996 and forward are available for non-exempt properties. Exempt disclosures are available beginning in late 1999. The property may have sold prior to 1996 or may have been an exempt sale. If it is a recent sale, the sales disclosure form may not have been filed with the county to date, or the record is being processed and will be available soon.
A physical inspection of the property is performed to ensure records are correct. Properties in Indiana are reassessed on a four-year cycle. One fourth of the county is reassessed each year. For more information visit - DLGF.
During reassessment, our office will send field agents to examine and inspect the exterior of every property and interview the property owner to obtain information about the interior. If no one is available to answer the questions at the time of our inspection, we will proceed with an exterior inspection. This information is vital to our efforts, since it provides us with information about the interior features and if any changes have been made to the interior of the home.
If your business was open on the assessment date of January 1, you would need to file a Business Tangible Personal Property Assessment Return by the due date.
While Indiana law does not require it, many taxpayers believe that it is a good idea to communicate this information since the assessor has the authority to place an estimated assessment on someone who he/she believes has failed to file a return.
For general questions about recording documents, you may contact the Recorder's Office. To contact the Recorder's Office, please click here.
For Zoning information you may contact the Area Plan Commission. To contact the Plan Commission office, please click here.
Be advised, three things may happen as a result of an appeal of assessment:
A taxpayer can still file an appeal concerning “objective” issues (i.e. factual matters, such as the property record card contains an incorrect description of the property, like a garage that does not exist, incorrect plumbing fixtures, etc.); however, it is on page 2 of the Form 130.
An objective appeal issue may include:
Access the appeals flowchart by clicking Procedure for Appeal of Assessment Flow Chart.
During a field inspection, personnel will attempt to identify his/herself to the property owner and explain their purpose for the visit. They will ask several questions to verify information about the interior of the property and request permission to inspect the exterior. If no one is home, personnel will proceed with their work, which includes an inspection of the front and rear of the property.
Each reassessment field inspector wears an ID badge and an identifying shirt or jacket. If a taxpayer is uncertain about the identity of a representative, please contact the Daviess County Assessor's Office for verification (812) 254-8660.
The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF), in partnership with the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) at Indiana University, created the below tax bill projection tools for Indiana taxpayers. These tools will allow the taxpayer to enter their property's assessed value and possible deductions to see a range of tax bill estimates.
The estimates provided by these tools are projections only and should not be taken as a statement of true tax liability.
For a list of Taxing Districts (Number/Name) by Township, please see this listing made available by the DLGF.
Self Assessment forms for personal property are available each spring. The forms must be filed by May 15. Copies of the form are available at the Daviess County Assessor's Office or online at https://www.in.gov/dlgf/4971.htm. Business personal property in Indiana is a SELF-ASSESSMENT SYSTEM; therefore, it is the responsibility of the TAXPAYER to obtain the appropriate forms and file a return with the correct assessing official by May 15 of each year.
Any entity, including any firm, company, partnership, association, corporation, or individual...owning, holding, possessing or controlling...tangible business personal property and having a tax situs within the State of Indiana on January 1, must file a business personal property tax return with the appropriate assessor’s office.
All forms must be signed, dated, include a phone number, and federal ID number or the last 4 digits of your SS number.
Returns under $80,000
On March 15, 2022, Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 382-2022 (“SEA 382”). Section 11 of SEA 382 amends Ind. Code § 6-1.1-3-7.2 regarding exemptions for certain business personal property with acquisition costs that are less than $80,000. Under current law, taxpayers who have less than $80,000 of depreciable asset acquisition costs in a county are exempt from personal property tax; however, these taxpayers are still required to file a business personal property return claiming the exemption. With the new language in Section 11 of SEA 382, a taxpayer who has filed a return claiming the exemption for a year and who continues to qualify for the exemption will not have to file a return to claim the exemption in subsequent years.
Failure to File (Form 133/PP)
If a taxpayer does not file the appropriate forms by the due date, a Form 113/PP (Notice of Assessment Change / Failure to File) will be sent with an estimated assessed value. The taxpayer has 30 days to file a return (from the date of notice) to correct the assessed value. If no return is filed after receiving the Form 113, then the assessment stated on the Form 113 will become your assessment for that year.
Failure to file a return on or before the due date as required by law will result in the imposition of a $25.00 penalty. In addition, if a return is not filed within 30 days after the return was due, a penalty equal to 20% of the taxes finally determined to be due with respect to the property which should have been reported will be imposed.
Business Tangible Personal Property Return - Form 104
Business Tangible Personal Property - Form 103 S
Business Tangible Personal Property - Form 103 L
Farmer's Tangible Personal Property - Form 102