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 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) 897-6125 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) 897-6125 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.
Appeals: The Appeals Process
Note that three things may happen on appeal:
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.
Do I need to file a Sales Disclosure?
You need to file a sales disclosure if any of the following apply to your transfer:
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 Warrick 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
If the total amount of personal property is under $80,000, the owner is exempt from taxation but is still required to file a timely return every year.
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 iwthin 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
Property may be granted an exemption if an application has been timely filed and the property has been shown to qualify for an exemption specifically provided by statute. Generally such statutes require ownership of the property by specified type of entity and use of the property for specific purpose. The deadline to file with the Assessor is by April 1st of the assessment year.
Indiana Code 6-1.1-10-16 http://iga.in.gov/documents/a8a75bb4 describes the use/or purpose necessary to become tax exempt. Exemption Procedures can be found at http://iga.in.gov/documents/d79fef11. Organizations such as charitable, educational, religious may be eligible for tax exemption. An exemption request must be filed timely, with the County Assessor by filing a “Form 136 Application for Property Tax Exemption”. The Form 136 is due on or before April 1st of the year for which you are requesting the exemption.
Organizations that have filed their Form 136 Exemption and are approved by PTABOA, will still need to file the required business personal property returns as usual.
Assessment Notice - A written notice to the property owner of the assessed value of certain properties described in the notice. Law mandates that notice be given to the property owner following a revaluation of the property. The Form 11 is the actual notice sent by the Assessor listing some of the property characteristics and the new assessed values.
Land - The ground on which improvements may be placed. Does not include anything but the land itself.
Improvements - Anything that is built on the land. (i.e., house, barn, pool, paving etc.)
Real Property - The sum of tangible and intangible rights in land and improvements on the land. Real Property means the following:
Personal Property - Movable items not permanently affixed to or part of the real estate such as:
Real Estate - The physical land and everything permanently attached to it.
Tangible Property – The combination of Real Property and Personal Property.
Tangible Personal Property – Personal Property, such as goods, wares, and merchandise. Anything that has physical attributes: can actually be seen and handled physically.
Intangible Personal Property – Personal Property, such as money, deposits, credits, shares of stock, bonds, notes, other evidences of indebtedness, and other evidences of property interests: paper assets.
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.
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