42-15053 - Duty to report personal property; confidentiality
42-15053. Duty to report personal property; confidentiality
A. On or before February 1 of each year, the assessor shall mail a form, notice or demand to each person who owns or has charge or control of taxable personal property in the state. Each person shall prepare and deliver to the assessor a correct report of property on or before April 1 of each year, except for property that is not required to be reported as provided by subsection C of this section. On written request and for good cause shown, the assessor may extend for up to thirty days the time for filing the report.
B. The duty to report taxable property pursuant to this section applies regardless of whether the person or entity that owns or has charge or control of the personal property also owns real property in the county with a value of two hundred dollars or more.
C. The assessor shall not require a report of:
1. The breed, number, age or location of livestock on hand from individuals, corporations, partnerships or any other business if the livestock is exempt from taxation pursuant to article IX, section 13, Constitution of Arizona.
2. The personal property that is class two (P) property used for agricultural purposes or that is class one, subclasses 8 through 11 and 13 property used in a trade or business that is exempt from taxation pursuant to article IX, section 2, subsection (6), Constitution of Arizona.
D. Every assessment made against property subject to taxation is valid whether or not the form, notice or demand was sent or received.
E. The department shall prescribe in detail the contents of property reports including the specific wording to be used by county assessors and the method of reporting property. The report shall not include any question that is not germane to the valuation function.
F. A report that is furnished under this section:
1. Is not open to public inspection, but the report may be used as evidence in any prosecution brought under section 42-15055.
2. May be subject to audit. On completing an audit or on discovering property that has not been reported, any property that was found to have escaped taxation is liable for the amount of taxes due determined under chapter 16, article 6 of this title, plus a penalty equal to ten per cent of that amount. The county treasurer shall credit monies received as penalties under this paragraph to the county general fund.