Some farmers were subjected to personal property tax audits in rooms with other individuals. It was impossible to keep the financial information they were sharing confidential in these auditing sessions. Individuals should not give up the right to privacy when subjected to an audit.
Working with assessing officials is crucial for landowners and taxpayers with operating equipment. Farmers are some of the largest property taxpayers in rural counties. We all have a responsibility to learn and understand the personal property self-assessment rules and to question changes to interpretations made by audit firms who are working on behalf of county assessors.
We can change the way local governments expand and increase their tax base by participating in the conversations, creating unique solutions and helping local governments understand the burdens of property tax. Property tax audit issues bring attention to a larger discussion that landowners need to be part of with their local communities.