TAYLOR COUNTY—After receiving multiple phone calls this week, Taylor County Assessor Christa Kinsey is warning residents of possible scams involving her office.
According to Kinsey, residents have called in to report that they received calls after regular business hours in which messages were left stating that members from the Assessor’s Office would be visiting the residence and/or property the following day to walk around and look at it.
It was also reported to Kinsey that residents had received hang tags on their doors stating that someone had knocked on a door of a resident, and when he didn’t answer, a tag was left stating that the visitor was from the Assessor’s Office.
She revealed that her staffers would never show up at a property unless contact had been made with the property owner first.
“Right now, because of this Coronavirus pandemic, we are not holding face-to-face assessments, except for in specific instances,” said Kinsey. “We will only visit a property to take measurements after personally speaking with the property owner about additions or upgrades to their residence.”
She advised residents to beware of unmarked vehicles on or near their property disclosing, “The Taylor County Assessor’s Office’s vehicles are plainly marked with our emblem.”
Should anyone receive a call from the Assessor’s Office with a message similar to the aforementioned walk-around visits or a tag as mentioned above, they should report them to the Kinsey’s Office at 304-265-2420 or the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department at 304-265-3428.
Kinsey also reminds residents to get their personal property assessment forms filled out and turned back in to avoid penalties.
“Residents will have until October 1 to submit their personal property assessments,” Kinsey reported. “Forms not turned in by their deadlines may be subject to interest or other penalties.”
She explained that West Virginia law mandates that all residents file an assessment listing all personal property owned on July 1 of each year.
“Examples of personal property include vehicles, mobile homes, boats, trailers, motorcycles, ATV’s, motorhomes and campers, to name a few,” explained Kinsey. “There is even a portion of the form for individuals to fill out about any dogs owed as of July 1.”
Dog license forms are also available at either location. West Virginia law requires the Assessor to collect a license tax each year on all dogs over 6 months of age. Beginning July 1, every dog in Taylor County must be licensed annually.
Personal Property Assessment forms may be mailed or delivered to the Taylor County Assessor’s Office, located at 214 West Main Street, Room 107, Grafton, WV 26354.
For those that would like to skip filling out the paper copy of personal property assessments may access a digital version online, by visiting taylorcountyassessorwv.com. There, individuals may fill out and submit their forms quickly and easily.
“Because of all of the current restrictions in place and the social distancing guidelines, residents might find the online filing option both quicker and easier this year,” said Kinsey. “Weather permitting, we will also have a table set up outside of the courthouse to allow individuals to fill out their forms there, especially those having questions.”
Assessor’s Office personnel will be available at the table during regular courthouse hours, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., again, weather permitting.
Kinsey would also like to remind those owning corporations, LLCs and LLPs in Taylor County that they must file reports for their properties with her office.
“Business and farm reports will be due back to the office no later than September 1. Those who fail to file their farm reports by the deadline will have their property appraised at fair market value,” Kinsey warned.
Farmers will now have the option to file their farm reports online. Those wishing to do so should visit farmcensus.wvda.us.
“We encouraging those filling out and filing the paper version of the forms to use our drop boxes to avoid pesky waits,” Kinsey revealed. “We have two boxes conveniently located for individuals to use. There is one located outside of the front entrance of the courthouse and another one right outside of our office.”
Any individuals with questions may contact the Taylor County Assessor’s Office by calling 304-265-2420. Forms may be picked up in office or downloaded by visiting taylorcountyassessorwv.com.