Onslow County’s annual property tax listing period is approaching on Jan. 1 for taxpayers who listed property in 2016.

The listing period is set for Jan. 1 through Jan. 31 and taxpayers who fail to list the property during that period will receive a 10 percent penalty to each period thereafter, according to a press release.

“The prepopulated forms were sent by Dec. 19 to county citizens,” Harry Smith, of the Onslow County Tax Office, said. “The forms show what is already on record with Onslow County. If they need to add additional items, they may do so on the form. If the item has been sold, they would write through the item and mark it as sold.”

Taxable personal property includes items like boats, motors, airplanes, manufactured homes, and business personal property, the press release said. Manufactured homes that qualify under taxable personal property do not meet real estate classification criteria.

“If that manufactured home is owned by the same person who owns the land the home is on, and the moving hitch wheels and axels are removed — that meets the criteria for real estate classification,” Smith said.

Business personal property, the press release said, includes any machinery, equipment, or furnishings used “in an income producing capacity.”

Because of statutes, the county tax office is required to treat real estate improvements that are discovered instead of recorded, like additions or detached garages, as unlisted improvements, and are subject to a 10 percent penalty for each listing period that goes without the addition, the press release said.

Property owners are responsible for notifying the tax office if they have an addition or subtraction, the press release said.

To obtain a form from the Listing Department, call 910-989-2201.

To submit a listing form, mail them using the return envelope provided or visit the second floor of the Onslow County Government Center, 234 NW Corridor Blvd. in Jacksonville.