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7 LONG TITLE
8 Committee Note:
9 The Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee recommended this bill.
10 General Description:
11 This bill amends provisions in the Property Tax Act relating to the collection of
12 personal property taxes.
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This bill:
15 . provides that a county assessor may impose a penalty if a taxpayer fails to file a
16 property tax statement on or before May 15 of the year the property tax statement is
17 requested by the county assessor;
18 . requires a county assessor of a county of the first class to mail a subsequent notice
19 to the taxpayer before imposing a penalty for failure to file a property tax statement;
20 . requires a county assessor to mail a subsequent notice to a taxpayer before imposing
21 a penalty for failure to file a property tax statement if the county assessor requested
22 the property tax statement on or after March 16 of the year the property tax
23 statement is requested by the county assessor;
24 . requires a county assessor to make an estimate of the value of property based on
25 known facts and circumstances if a taxpayer fails to file a signed statement of the
26 taxpayer's property; and
27 . makes technical changes.
28 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
30 Other Special Clauses:
31 This bill has retrospective operation for a taxable year beginning on or after January 1,
33 Utah Code Sections Affected:
35 59-2-307, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 61 and 382
37 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
38 Section 1. Section 59-2-307 is amended to read:
39 59-2-307. Refusal by taxpayer to file signed statement -- Penalty -- Assessor to
40 estimate value -- Reporting information to other counties.
41 (1) (a) Each person who fails to file the signed statement required by Section 59-2-306 ,
42 fails to file the signed statement with respect to name and place of residence, or fails to appear
43 and testify when requested by the assessor, shall pay a penalty equal to 10% of the estimated
44 tax due, but not less than $100 for each failure to file a signed and completed statement.
45 (b) Each penalty under Subsection (1)(a) shall be collected in the manner provided by
46 Sections 59-2-1302 and 59-2-1303 , except as otherwise provided for in this section, or by a
47 judicial proceeding brought in the name of the assessor.
48 (c) All money recovered by any assessor under this section shall be paid into the county
50 (2) (a) The penalty imposed by Subsection (1)(a) may not be waived or reduced by the
51 assessor, county, county Board of Equalization, or commission except pursuant to a procedure
52 for the review and approval of reductions and waivers adopted by county ordinance, or by
53 administrative rule adopted in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
54 Rulemaking Act.
55 (b) [
56 (1)(a) [
57 after May 16 of the year the statement described in Section 59-2-306 is requested by the county
59 (ii) A penalty under Subsection (1)(a) may not be imposed until 30 days after the
60 postmark date of mailing of a subsequent notice[
61 59-2-306 is requested:
62 (A) on or after March 16; or
63 (B) by a county assessor of a county of the first class.
64 (3) (a) If an owner neglects or refuses to file a signed statement requested by an
65 assessor [
66 (i) the assessor shall:
67 (A) make a record of the failure to file; and
68 (B) make an estimate of the value of the property of the owner based on known facts
69 and circumstances; and
70 (ii) the assessor of a county of the first class:
72 informing the owner of the consequences of not filing a signed statement; and
76 Subsection (3)(a)[
77 (b) The value fixed by the assessor in accordance with Subsection (3)(a)(i) may not be
78 reduced by the county board of equalization or by the commission.
79 (4) If the signed statement discloses property in any other county, the assessor shall file
80 the signed statement and send a copy to the assessor of each county in which the property is
82 Section 2. Retrospective operation.
83 This bill has retrospective operation for a taxable year beginning on or after January 1,
Legislative Review Note
as of 8-27-08 12:44 PM