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Delinquent taxpayers may lose car tax relief

Date: January 18, 2006
Contact: Ruth Richey , Acting Communications Director

Phone: (757) 253-6864



James City County's Treasurer’s office will soon bill delinquent taxpayers for 100 percent of their overdue car taxes plus penalties and interest for tax years 2001 to 2005. Delinquent taxpayers may owe up to an additional 70 percent in personal property taxes because the Commonwealth of Virginia will be eliminating reimbursements on overdue car taxes by Sept. 1.


Treasurer Ann Davis encourages delinquent taxpayers to pay overdue personal property taxes immediately. “Taxpayers who pay sooner rather than later stand a better chance of getting the car tax credit. The longer taxpayers wait, the more risk that state funds for the car tax credit will no longer be available. When the state notifies localities that funds are gone, or at the latest by Sept. 1, delinquent taxpayers will be billed for the full amount of overdue car taxes.”


The state’s car tax relief program currently caps reimbursements to localities based upon actual state reimbursements for tax year 2004. As a result, the amount of the state reimbursement allotted to any individual, which reached 70 percent in 2005, will be reduced in subsequent years and there are no provisions for car tax relief on taxes owed prior to 2006.


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