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Online filing saves county time, money
by Jill Lufrano
Jun 20, 2012 | 832 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Washoe County business and aircraft owners this year will be able to file personal property declarations with the new Washoe county Assessor’s Office online, using supply and staff costs.

“It’s always there for your review,” said Theresa Wilkins, Chief Deputy Assessor at the Washoe County Assessor’s Office. “And any time we can save a taxpayer dollars with postage and manpower hours spent scanning and copying, that will be a savings, too.”

The new system, in place in some form since 2006, saves all information immediately.

“You have access to all of your prior years’ information and you can track all your prior years’ information,” Wilkins said. “There’s no paper that you have to be shuffling around.

The County Assessor’s office had half of its business and property owners using the system and continuing to mail our paper declarations, though the online sytem was up and running since 2006.

“Maybe we will spark a little interest using the online filing,” Wilkins said.

Users of the system can enter data from any computer.

The online system is called “d-Dec”. The e-Dec system saves taxpayer money by reducing both supply and staff costs, compared to the previous manual, paper intensive reporting system.

For Washoe County businesses, there is no cost for filing online. The program is easy to use, work is saved automatically and there is no postage needed to return a declaration.

One concern is the fact that business owners will be mailed an annual postcard-sized notice around Monday this year. The postcard includes detailed instruction on using the new system, including an activation pin needed to log onto the secure server. Washoe County business owners must submit their forms to the Assessor’s Office by July 31. Thirty-day extensions may be granted upon request.

“There’s always a concern with the postcard,” Wilkins said. “We a will mail out second mailing if we don’t hear form the tax payer by the deadline. If (the postcard) happens to get lost once will notify taxpayer again. Know it’s coming this time of year. It’s going to be looking a little different this year.”

With the new changes, the Assessor’s Office expects a few glitches the first year, Wilkins said, but the money the new program will save the tax payer and the county will make sense in the end.

“It will definitely save time if property owner does it online. Won’t receive any mailings and scan (the information) into our system. It will save some time there,” Wilkins said.

To find the new system, visit www.washoecounty.us/assessor/fileOnLine.htm. D-Dec is one of the multiple new and improved online filing systems offered by the Washoe County Assessor’s office. To find out more about the new program, or to attend a training session contact the Personal Property Division of the Washoe County Assessor’s Office at 775-328-2213, or visit www.washoecounty.us/assessor.
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