LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County residents rushed to the assessor’s office Wednesday to meet a June 30 deadline to cap the property tax on their primary residence. However, many residents actually have up to a year to make a correction, if necessary, to their tax rate.
“That’s a huge hike with everything going on. Who can afford it? Tena Hough asked.
Hough was among the residents who flocked in waves to the Clark County Assessor’s Office on Wednesday to turn in the tax cap form. Groups of people up to 40 at a time moved through the office, and at times lines stretched outside the building.
Clark County Assessor Briana Johnson said some “misinformation” was circulated on social media that caused residents to panic and resulted in a rush of residents, busy phone lines, and a slower than usual website.
Some of the confusion stemmed from two deadlines. According to the assessor’s website, those who purchased a home after July 1, 2021, have until June 15, 2023, to correct the tax cap for fiscal year 2022-2023. Those who owned their home on or before July 1, 2021, and have an incorrect tax cap, can correct it for fiscal year 2021-2022 if the form is returned “by June 30, 2022.”
A resident’s tax rate is determined by the district where they live but there is a tax cap of 3% on a primary residence.
The assessor’s office posted this notice on Twitter Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to clear the confusion.
“As homeowners, you are always able to correct your tax cap if it’s incorrect. You will not be permanently set at 8%. Once your property becomes your primary residence, your 3% tax cap is set on your parcel for all billing years going forward. If your tax cap is currently at 3%, you do not need to do anything at this time.”
Johnson said people who recently purchased a home or had a change in the home’s owners are the ones impacted. The rate defaults to 8% until the homeowner notifies the county it’s their primary residence.
If you do need to submit a form, you can submit it electronically. The form is at Temp Tax Cap form 22.pdf (clarkcountynv.gov). It can be hand-delivered to the assessor’s office at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway or emailed to AOCustomerServiceRequests@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
More information is at Clark County Assessor’s Office | Official Site (clarkcountynv.gov), including a link to check on your tax increase.