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March 5, 2021 – For the tax year 2021, El Paso County Assessor Steve Schleiker has waived all penalties and arbitrary assessments for all El Paso County businesses due to the ongoing pandemic.

Usually, business owners owning more than $7,900 in the total actual value of the business personal property—like manufacturing equipment, computers, or business furnishings, signs— are required to complete and return their Business Personal Property Declaration Schedule to the assessor by April 15 each year and are assessed a late penalty of $50 or 15 percent of the taxes due, whichever is less. This year, Assessor Schleiker is waiving the arbitrary assessments and late filing penalties.

“In these challenging and unprecedented times, I believe our business owners have more pressing concerns, such as reopening, rehiring, and adapting to the ever-growing changes brought about by COVID,” said El Paso County Assessor Steve Schleiker. Business owners do not need to worry about filing another government form this year.”

On Monday, March 8, the El Paso County Assessor’s Office will also resume in-person services at the Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 2300. Public hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.