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NOTICE: After reading through this webpage, if you still have questions or need assistance completing the forms, please contact the Personal Property Division of the Iron County Assessor’s Office at (435) 477-8310.

2020 Business Personal Property tax filing is now available online. You will need your account number (P + six digits) and a pin number (BU+eight digits), if you do not have these numbers please call our office M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Access your summarized account information at ppaffidavits.ironcounty.net. Business assets such as: computers, telephones, copiers, trade fixtures, furniture, signage, equipment, machinery and other like personal property owned and/or used in connection with your business as January 1, 2020 is subject to taxation.

Please refer to your parcel number and account number located above to utilize our online filing system. Filing online is quick, safe, and efficient. For complete instructions, forms and payment options, visit our website at: ppaffidavits.ironcounty.net. Please note: If you are unable to file online, please call our office at (435) 477-8310 for assistance.

Tax Exempt: A business with an aggregate taxable value of $15,000 or less, may be exempt from Personal Property Tax. This exemption applies to the total value of all Personal Property owned and/or used by your business in Iron County. If you have more than one business location in Iron County under the same business ownership, the exemption is applicable only if the total value of all property owned by such entity is less than $15,000. Your application for exemption may only be considered with a completed Signed Statement of Personal Property. Failure to file timely and submit a signed statement may result in a forfeiture of your application for exemption.

Your signed Statement and tax payment are due on or before May 16, 2020. Past due accounts will be subject to penalty and interest at the rate of 7.25% annually*.

If your business has closed or you no longer own this business, please contact our office or complete the Business Change Form linked below. If you need assistance or need your account or pin number, please call (435)477-8310 or visit our office at 68 So. 100 East in Parowan. Our Personal Property specialist is available Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

*Utah Code: 59-2-307 (1) (a) states each person who fails to file the signed statement “shall pay a penalty equal to 10% of the estimated tax due, but not less than $25 for each failure a signed and completed affidavit.” and (2) (a) states: “The penalty imposed by Subsection (1)(a) may not be waived or reduced by the assessor, county, county Board of Equalization, or commission…”

Personal Property Forms

Personal Property Valuation Schedule2020
Personal Property Schedule A2020
Business Change Form – Online 2020
Tax Commission Personal Property Info Sheet 2019
Business Personal Property Audits 2019

Accepted Payment Types

Personal Property Taxes can be paid by cash, check, credit card or money order.

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NOTICE: Regardless of payment method, the signed statement must be received by the Assessor’s Office no later than May 15, 2020.

  • CREDIT CARD – We accept credit cards online and over the phone. If you would like to pay over the phone, please call (435) 477-8310. To pay online visit Secure Instant Payments. You must know your 7-digit account number (it can be found on your statement) to pay online.
  • CASH – To pay by cash you must go in person to the Iron County Assessor’s Office during regular business hours to make payment. Please do not send cash through the mail.
  • CHECK/MONEY ORDER – You can pay by check, in person, or mail. If paying by mail you must include the Business Name and Account Number. This is to make sure we apply the payment to the correct account. Please make the check/money order payable to Iron County Assessor and mail it to the following address: IRON COUNTY ASSESSOR, P.O. BOX 537, 68 S 100 E, PAROWAN, UT 84761

What Is Personal Property?

Utah Code in Title 59 requires the taxation of property for the funding of local government and Utah schools. Property tax is assessed on both real property and personal property. Generally, personal property used in business is subject to property taxes. Utah law requires business personal property to be reported to the county assessor where the property is located (has situs) on a tax form identified as a Personal Property Signed Statement. Personal Property is taxed based on its taxable value as of January 1 of each year. In order to value personal property, the Utah State Tax Commission provides personal property classification schedules which are used by all county assessors in Utah.

What Is Exempt From Taxation?

Merchandise Inventory
Wares and merchandise, held for sale in the ordinary course of business, which constitute the stock-in-trade of any retailer, wholesaler, manufacturer, farmer, or livestock owner, are exempted from ad valorem taxes (UCA Section 59-2-1114)

Farm Machinery and Equipment
Tractors, milking equipment, feed handling equipment, harvesters, storage and cooling facilities, choppers, grain drills and planters, tillage tools, scales, combines, seeders, sprayers, haying equipment and other machinery or equipment used primarily for agricultural purposes are exempt from ad valorem property tax. (UCA Section 59-2-1101). However, the exemption does not include motor vehicles required to be registered with the Tax Commission, as well as machinery and equipment used in processing of agricultural products.

Livestock
Livestock is exempt from ad valorem property taxation. (UCA Section 59-2-1113)

Property Used for Irrigation Purposes
Property used for irrigation purposes is exempt from property taxation. (UCA Section 59-2-1111) The exemption is limited to the property listed in Article XIII, Section 2 of the Utah Constitution.

Household Furnishings
Household Furnishings, furniture, and equipment used exclusively to maintain a primary or secondary residence are exempt form property taxation (UCA Section 59-2-1113 and Administrative Rule 884-24P-29).

Certain Tangible Personal Property
Tangible personal property of a taxpayer is exempt if the property has a total aggregate fair market value of $15,000 or less in 2020. The exemption does not apply to registered motor and recreational vehicles or mobile homes. To apply for this exemption, contact the Iron County Assessor. An item of taxable tangible personal property is exempt from taxation if the acquisition cost of that item was $1,000 or less and is valued at a percent good of 25% or less in 2019. The exemption only applies to personal property valued by schedules having a percent good residual of 25% or less. Note the definition of an item of taxable tangible personal property in Section I. (UCA Section 59-2-1115)

Registered Motor Vehicles, Recreational Vehicles and Aircraft Registered motor vehicles, recreational vehicles and aircraft are exempt from ad valorem taxation and are taxed by uniform fees.

What If I Received A Tax Notice?

If you received a personal property tax notice from the Iron County Assessor’s Office, you must complete all the forms and return them by May 15th, 2020.

Instructions

  • If you are a new business or have never filed: On Schedule A, list at 100% acquisition cost, by year of acquisition, all furniture & fixtures, machinery & equipment, and computer equipment including software, owned as of January 1. The class descriptions are located on a separate sheet. List all leased items and the lessor on a separate sheet. (Do not include any motor vehicles.) If you have previously filed: On Schedule A, list only those items acquired or disposed of during 2019. If you are no longer in business: Indicate the circumstances on the Business Change Form and return it by May 15, 2020.
  • Using the “Percent Good Table”, depreciate each item to arrive at the current market value. Transfer this amount to line 4 of the Tax Notice, multiply the market value by the rate on line 5 to determine a tax amount for line 6.
  • If the total market value is $15,000 or less do not calculate the tax, go to the exempt portion of the signed statement. Sign in the box verifying you qualify for the exemption.
  • Sign the bottom of the Tax Notice and return it with your “Schedule A” and a check for the amount due by May 15, 2020.

If no tax is due you must still sign the Tax Notice and return it by May 15, 2020. Failure to file a return will result in a penalty of 10% of the estimated tax due, but no less than $25.00. Interest will be charged on any outstanding balance. Penalty and interest charges, by law cannot be removed. (UC 59-2-307) The exemption cannot be applied after May 15, 2020 so the entire tax plus penalty & interest will be due.

More About Acquisition Costs

Cost of Acquisition must include all costs required to put an item into service. In addition to the cost of the item, include the following costs:

  • Freight in, includes shipping costs, loading at origin, unloading at destination, crating, skidding, and other applicable costs of shipping
  • Installation, engineering, rigging, erection or assembly to include foundations, pilings, utility connections and any other costs related to installation
  • Excise and sales taxes
  • Any other costs related to putting personal property into service are to be included in acquisition cost

Indirect costs such as debugging, licensing fees, permits, insurance or security are not included in acquisition cost.

What Is Tangible Personal Property?

An item of taxable tangible personal property means equipment, machinery, furniture or other tangible personal property that is functioning at its highest and best use for the purpose it was designed and constructed and is generally capable of performing that function without being combined with other items of personal property. An item of taxable tangible personal property is not an individual component part of a piece of machinery or equipment but the item of machinery or equipment as a whole. For example, a fully functioning computer is an item of taxable tangible personal property but the motherboard, hard drive, tower or sound card are not.

What Is Non-Capitalized Personal Property?

Class 28 Non-Capitalized Personal Property is an item of machinery, equipment, furniture, computers, or any other tangible personal property that the acquisition cost has been totally expensed or written off in the year of acquisition. Any item of personal property whose acquisition cost is or has been depreciated using MACRS, Straight Line, or ACRS over several years for federal tax purpose does not qualify as being treated as Non-Capitalized Personal Property (Class 28)

“Non-Capitalized Personal Property” is an item of personal property that meets the following criteria:

  • Has an acquisition cost of $1,000 or less;
  • Is claimed as allowed on a federal tax return as a deductible expense under Section 162 or Section 179, Internal Revenue Code, in the year of acquisition.
  • All Classes of Property qualify for the election to Class 28 (Non-Capitalized Personal Property).

Please Note:

  • Any person who elects to designate personal property as “Non-Capitalized Personal Property” under Class 28 would need to provide proof of the acquisition cost of all non-capitalized personal property if selected for State Audit in accordance to Utah Code Ann. 59-2-306(3).
  • Any person who sells or disposes an item of taxable tangible personal property which has been designated as Non-Capitalized Personal Property or Class 28 must continue to pay taxes on such property until it reaches the 4th year on the Class 28 schedule.
  • Any person who elects to designate personal property as Non-Capitalized Personal Property or Class 28 property may not appeal the value of the property determined by the Class 28 Schedule.
  • An election to use Non-Capitalized Personal Property or Class 28 may not be revoked or transferred to any other Recommended Personal Property Valuation Schedule.
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