Article From Director – Joe Knehans

My name is Joe Knehans and I am a supervisor in the Business Personal Property department at Property Valuation Services. In November, I will be celebrating my 14th anniversary working at PVS. In my 14 years here, I have overcome challenges and discovered my passion for this line of work which makes my job worthwhile. 

As a supervisor, I am second in charge of a team of consultants that oversees approximately 7k accounts. My team is known as the Dialysis Team, as our clients are among the biggest companies operating dialysis clinics with many locations throughout the country.

Jennifer English is the manager of the dialysis team. We have a great working relationship. We count on each other and lean on our respective strong points to ensure success. Our team of consultants oversee all compliance aspects of our clients’ property tax portfolios. We manage the preparation and filing of the annual business personal property tax returns, as well as the analysis of the valuation issued by the tax assessor. We oversee the appeals process on valuation disagreements with the tax assessor, including attending local board hearings, when merited. Our team also handles personal property tax audit work for our clients. Our goal is to ensure compliance across our accounts, while also working to achieve the lowest possible taxes for our clients.

Our team has a lot of accounts and with that comes a potential for multiple audits. One of my responsibilities is to take the lead on the audit process for our team. Recently, we have received a substantial amount of audit notifications. This appears to be in response to audits being shut down during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of an audit is for the assessor to ensure they have correctly assessed personal property associated with a business. PVS makes sure that the assessor has all the accurate financial information and that any additional assessments resulting from an audit are correct and fair. We intend for audits to be completed with as little additional taxes as possible.

PVS has been a great place to work to build a career in property tax. I find that my ideas and knowledge are welcomed and even sought out in some cases. The company wants to hear from the people that have proven themselves. I started out with minimal knowledge of how business personal property taxes work. I have learned much over my years at PVS that I think it is fair to say I have expertise in the field.

Hobbies I enjoy include reading books (usually science fiction), playing video games or working on jigsaw puzzles. A lot of my free time is spent watching sports, usually with family or friends. Baseball is my favorite sport and I usually get to a good amount of Kansas City Royals games each summer. I like to attend the games with bobblehead giveaways and have amassed a large collection. My family also has season tickets to Missouri Tigers football games, but unfortunately the team isn’t doing so well this fall.

Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me or anyone in our personal property department. We always like to hear from our clients!