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Overview of Jackson County, MO Taxes

In Jackson County, Missouri, residents pay an average effective property tax rate of 1.39%. That rate is the second-highest in the state after St. Louis County and is 0.39% above Missouri’s average effective property tax rate.

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    To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

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To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

Jackson County Property Tax Rates

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Homes in Jackson County typically have lower values when compared to the national median home value. The median home value in Jackson County is $125,800. This value is also slightly lower than Missouri’s state median home value of $136,700.

Median home values in Kansas City, Jackson County are closer to the state’s median at $133,600. But homes in Independence, the county seat, have a median value of $98,800.

Compared with fellow residents across the state, Jackson County residents paid slightly more in property taxes in 2014. Residents paid a median property tax payment of $1,745 per household. While statewide, the average property tax payment in Missouri in 2014 was $1,372.

CountyMedian Home ValueMedian Annual Property Tax PaymentAverage Effective Property Tax Rate
Blue Springs$143,600$2,3591.64%
Buckner$100,400$1,4981.49%
Grain Valley$150,400$2,3641.57%
Grandview$105,200$1,4551.38%
Greenwood$141,500$2,2481.59%
Independence$98,800$1,3551.37%
Kansas City$133,600$1,8021.35%
Lake Lotawana$321,300$3,8861.21%
Lake Tapawingo$234,000$3,2621.39%
Lee's Summit$188,200$2,8521.52%
Levasy$55,500$1,0501.89%
Lone Jack$159,000$2,3921.50%
Oak Grove$118,000$1,5591.32%
Raytown$98,300$1,5171.54%
Sibley$96,900$1,5581.61%
Sugar Creek$83,900$1,1251.34%

While seeing rates per assessed value is a common way to look at property taxes, understanding the amount of property tax paid as a percentage of the home’s value is also a valuable measure. Known as the average effective rate, this rate takes a home’s median property tax paid per year and measures it as a percentage of the area’s median home value.

Paying Your Jackson County Property Tax Bill

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As is true with many parts of the country, Jackson County taxpayers have the option to pay property taxes online or by mail. Those paying online can pay using a Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card or through an e-check. E-checks are subject to a $0.40 convenience fee. If you prefer to use a debit or credit card, it’s worth noting that you’ll be paying a 2.395% convenience fee with this option.

If paying your property tax bill in person is more your style, you have the option to do so at all Jackson County Collections Department Offices. These offices accept cash, personal checks, cashier’s checks, bank drafts and money orders when you pay in person. Paying online follows the same process with the exception of paying by cash.

The Jackson County Collector’s Office sends out a tax bill to each property owner every November with a due date no later than the end of December. It’s important to note that any outstanding tax payments left past December 31 of each year will begin accruing penalties, fees and interest going forward. Paid by mail close to the deadline? You won’t receive penalties unless your payment was postmarked after the 31.

Depending on their circumstances, some Jackson County residents are eligible for help with their annual property taxes. Senior citizens and disabled residents qualify for a Missouri income tax credit intended to cover part of their rent or property taxes paid through the year. The credit covers up to $750 of qualifying residents’ rent costs or up to $1,100 of qualifying residents’ yearly property taxes.

How Your Jackson County Property Tax Works

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Jackson County’s property tax revenue provides funding for a range of public expenses. This money goes to public needs like school funding, city services and law enforcement funding.

As a Jackson County resident, you’ll receive your property tax bill some time in November or early December. If you haven’t received your tax bill by December 10, you might want to reach out to the Jackson County Tax Collector’s Office to make sure you won’t be charged any late fees when your tax bill shows up late.

Properties are reassessed every two years to keep up each home’s total assessed value up to date. These reassessments happen during every odd-numbered year.

In Jackson County, property taxes work as a lien against the property itself rather than the taxes being tied to the owner of the property. This means that when a home changes owners, the new owner will be responsible for any leftover property taxes that might still be due on the new property for the year.

The Jackson County Tax Collector’s Office sends property tax bills to the mailing address they have on file on the day the bill is printed. But if you wind up with a property tax bill meant for your mortgage company, it’s important that you forward it to them as soon as possible so that your tax bill doesn’t wind up overdue from any delays in processing.

What happens if you don’t pay up long after receiving your tax bill? Property with long-standing taxes due will eventually be sold through public auction to cover these delinquent taxes. This auction usually happens each August as a part of the land tax sale held at the Jackson County Courthouse.

Property Tax: Which Counties are Getting the Best Bang for Their Buck

SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the places across the country where property tax dollars are being spent most effectively. Zoom between states and the national map to see the counties getting the biggest bang for their property tax buck.

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Methodology

Our study aims to find the places in the United States where people are getting the most for their property tax dollars. To do this we looked at school rankings, crime rates and property taxes for every county.

As a way to measure the quality of schools, we calculated the average math and reading/language arts proficiencies for all the school districts in the country. Within each state, these schools were then ranked between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on those average scores.

For each county, we calculated the violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.

Using the school and crime numbers, we calculated a community score. This is the ratio of the school rank to the combined crime rate per 100,000 residents.

We used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax collected for each county.

Finally, we calculated a tax value by creating a ratio of the community score to the per capita property tax paid. This shows us the counties in the country where people are getting the most bang for their buck, or where their property tax dollars are going the furthest.

Sources: US Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Police or Justice Department websites