Personal Property


It’s Personal Property Time Again!


The Assessor’s Office is now ready and willing to help you file your personal property returns which are due by May 15th.  In Indiana, personal property is self -assessed. It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to obtain the appropriate forms and file a return with the correct assessing official in the Taxing District in which the property resides.  All Bartholomew County residents file with the County Assessor.

The staff at the assessor’s office can submit the forms electronically while the taxpayer is in the office. This only takes a few minutes to pull up last year’s form, review it and resubmit.  This will save taxpayers the time and effort of filling out the forms themselves. If, however, a taxpayer prefers to complete the forms themselves, the forms can be picked up at the assessor’s office located at 440 Third Street on the second floor of the Government Office Building in Room 201. Forms can also can be obtained on line at the DLGF website ( 


Office hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday thru Friday.  Parking is in the lot behind the building off of Franklin St.


Indiana taxes both real estate and personal property. The taxpayer is responsible for reporting all tangible personal property used in their trade or business for the production of income or held as an investment. This includes among other things office equipment, office furniture and industrial and farm machinery.


Vehicles subject to excise tax are not considered personal property. Excise taxes are collected by the BMV at time of licensure. This includes cars, RVs, semis and farm trucks.




If the total acquisition amount of personal property county wide is under $20,000 the owner is exempt from taxation. However, the taxpayer is still required to file a return each year. Failure to file a return will result in a penalty.  Forms not submitted or postmarked by the May 15th deadline will be charged $25.00 which is often higher than the tax would have been.


For more information, please call the Assessor’s office at 812-379-1505.

GinnyWhippleGinny Whipple, AAS, CAIII


About Us

Ginny Whipple, AAS, CAIII

The Assessor is an elected position and serves a four (4) year term.  This official must meet the qualifications prescribed by IC 3-8-1-23. The primary duties of the Assessor are to certify the assessed values to the Auditor IC 6-1.1-4-24, serve as the secretary of the county property tax board of appeals IC 6-1.1-28-1, and equalize assessments.  The full list of specific duties of the Assessor are defined in IC 36-2-15.


Mission Statement

To ensure that all assessments of both real and personal property are accurate and that the assessed values are calculated according to state regulations.








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Ginny Whipple, AAS, CAIII