Personal property taxes are based on where you reside and what property you own in St. Louis County on January 1 of each taxing year. This includes vehicles, trailers, boats and motors, etc. for individuals, as well as office furniture, tools and equipment for businesses.
Personal property owners residing in Saint Louis County on January 1 are required by state law to declare personal property, including any state-titled vehicles, boats, aircraft and livestock. The information on the declaration form is used to correctly prepare the personal property tax bills mailed later in the year. Property owners must return the form, even if there has been no change in assets from the prior year.
Signed and dated Personal Property Declaration forms must be received by the Assessor's Office before March 1 or a penalty may be added to the tax bill. If mailed, the envelope must be postmarked by the United States Postal Service on or before the last business day in February.
Individual personal property can also be declared online at the Online Individual Personal Property Declaration page.
The St. Louis County Department of Revenue accepts tax payments via online payments, by mail, in person, and by telephone.
These payments are processed through a third party provider and can take up to five business days to process. "Paid" receipts are not available until after payment has posted to the account. After the payment has posted, receipts will be mailed, and duplicate receipts may be obtained at our offices for $1.00, or printed free of charge from our website.
Tax payments by direct debit from a checking or savings account are accepted without any additional fees. Credit and debit card payments are processed through a third party provider and are subject to a convenience fee. Only pin-less debit cards may be used. In other words, if your debit card requires a pin number to be entered, you cannot use that card to make a payment.
VISA debit payments are charged a fixed fee of $3.95. MasterCard debit and all credit card payments are charged a fee equal to 2.45% of the tax amount due or the minimum fee of $3.95, whichever is greater.
Credit cards accepted are MasterCard, Discovery, American Express, and Visa.
To pay taxes online visit: Pay Your Taxes Online.
Mail check or money order for tax payments to: Collector of Revenue, 41 S Central Ave, Clayton, MO 63105.
Credit card payments can be made by telephone by calling 1-877-309-9306. Credit card payments are processed through a third party provider, who will charge a convenience fee.
You can pay your taxes in person at the collections office in Clayton and at any Saint Louis County satellite office. All offices accept payments by check or money order, but only the Clayton, North and South County locations can accept cash payments.
Pay early, pay from home: During times of heavy customer service traffic - such as the last weeks in December, but especially December 28 & 29 - you can expect long wait times. At our Clayton location, waiting outside is a possibility. All persons entering the building are subject to building security measures. Any contraband will be confiscated.
If you purchase a vehicle or move to Saint Louis County after January 1, you will not be taxed on the vehicle until next year. A tax waiver is issued to new residents of the State of Missouri, or to people who are buying their first vehicle. In order to apply for a tax waiver, you must present proof of ownership such as a title, title application or a title registration from for the Missouri Department of Revenue (pink slip). Tax waivers for businesses may be obtained only at the Saint Louis County Collector of Revenue's Office in Clayton. Tax waivers for individuals and leased vehicles may be obtained at the Saint Louis County Assessor’s Office in Clayton.
At the time real estate is purchased, the taxes due are negotiated between the buyer and the seller. Usually the amount is prorated for the number of months each person owns the property.
You can apply to "pre-pay" upcoming taxes on a quarterly basis or make payments on delinquent taxes. For more information on partial payments, including payments for delinquent taxes, please see the "Tax Pre-Payment" brochure or contact the Collection Division.
We can only issue "paid" receipts after your payment has posted to your account.
Online and telephone payments are processed through a third party provider,
and can take up to five business days to post.
When you pay your taxes, the Collector's office will send you a tax receipt by mail after your payment has posted to your account. After the payment has posted -- which can take up to five business days for online and telephone payments -- personal property tax receipts are available either by mail, online or at our offices.
Online receipts are free of charge.
Like the duplicate tax receipts by mail or from the Collector's office, the online tax receipt
can be used at the Missouri Department of Revenue license offices when licensing your vehicle.
To get a tax receipt online go to Personal Property Information
page. Enter your Account Number or Address or Name in the Search By box on the bottom left side of your screen. Click the Find Button. Now find your account in the
lower right frame and click on the account number. The top frame will show your account information for the current tax year. To get a personal property tax receipt change the tax year by clicking the down
arrow of the Tax Year drop down box. A list of tax years will appear. Click on the previous tax year. If no taxes are due the page will change. After the first paragraph in the center of the page an underlined Print
20XX Tax Receipt with a small printer icon link will appear. Click on the Print
20XX Tax Receipt link. A new print window will appear showing your personal property tax receipt for
the year you entered. To print the receipt click the print button on the print window.
Owners of real estate in Saint Louis County can retrieve up to ten years of tax history information online from their computer. This feature is most useful for people who need to get something in writing while preparing income tax, to those whose taxes are paid by a mortgage company, or to property owners simply wanting to compare their tax amounts over the years.
To get a tax history statement online go to Real Estate Information page. Find your account in the lower frame and click on the locator number. In the left margin click on the tax history link. When the tax history page shows click on the print tax history statement link at the top of the page. A popup window will appear showing your tax history statement, which can then be printed.
The Saint Louis County Collector of Revenue’s office conducts its annual real property tax sale on the fourth Monday in August. Sale instructions and listings of available properties are published online approximately one month before the sale. For more detailed information or to view auction books from previous sales, go to the Real Property Tax Sale page.
Parcels that are offered, but not sold in the 3rd sale offerings during the Collector's annual tax sale, and are not actually bid upon by the county, are held by the Collector of Revenue as "Post Third Sale Offerings".
The general public is invited to bid on these properties at any time outside of the tax sale. A list of properties currently held by the Collector of Revenue, instructions regarding the bidding process, and the bid form can be found on the Real Property Tax Sale page. Please note that the list of properties may be subject to change without notice.