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Comanche County Assessor's Office gearing up for busy tax season

Comanche County_The Comanche County Assessor's Office is gearing up for a busy tax season beginning Friday night.  Business owners, those who own furnished rental property, mobile homes or farm equipment will be required to report any new assets obtained for tax purposes.

However, it is not only about what business owners have obtained - it also is about what they have lost.  Property lost also will need to be reported - unless you want to continue being taxed for it.  Comanche County business owners will be receiving some important paperwork in the mail after the county delivers more than 3,400 Business Property Rendition letters. 

Farmers will need to include personal property as well.  "Farm people, we do not tax the animals anymore," said Comanche County Assessor Charlotte Hamilton.  "But, we do have to turn in their farm equipment."  Mobile home owners also will be required to submit forms.  "They basically need to let us know if they still own them," she said.  "If not, where they went to, who they sold them to...that kind of information."

Business owners who fail to turn in the paperwork will regret it in the long term.  "If it is a brand new business and they don't turn it in then, we figure out the quality of business it is, and we have a book that we go to that tells us how much to charge them per square foot of what's in the business," said Hamilton. 

Regardless of category, the forms are due by March 15 without a late charge.  Paperwork returned later than that date will be charged a 10% penalty of assessed property value.  If the paperwork sent in after April 15, the penalty will be increased to 20%.

County Assessors will be in the following cities to answer business owners' questions:

Elgin - Liberty National Bank - 9AM-12PM, Tuesday, January 13

Fletcher - City Hall - 1PM-4PM, Tuesday, January 13

Sterling - City Hall - 9AM-12PM, Thursday, January 15

Cox's Fire Station - 1PM-4PM, Thursday, January 15

Cache - Liberty National Bank - 9AM-12PM, Tuesday, January 20

Indiahoma - City Hall - 1PM-4PM, Tuesday, January 20

Chattanooga - City Hall - 9AM-12PM, Thursday, January 22

Geronimo - City Hall, 1PM-4PM, Thursday, January 22
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