Delinquent Collections

  • The Department of Tax Administration (DTA) Revenue Collection Division is tasked with the billing and collection of all Fairfax County taxes. It is our goal to achieve the full collection of all current and delinquent taxes, license fees, and miscellaneous revenues while providing quality customer service.

  • The Delinquent Collection section has several enforcement and collection methods to aid in the collection of past due taxes that do not require court intervention. These methods include the following:

    • Collection Agencies - Pursuant to Virginia Code §58.1-3919.1 and §58.1-3934, DTA is allowed to place tax accounts with private collectors if delinquent longer than 90 days and longer than 180 days for non-tax accounts. Collection fees are paid by those with delinquent debt.

    • Payment Plans - On occasion, owners cannot pay all of their tax liability. The payment plan, which spreads the total tax liability over time, is designed only to stop legal action for collection of delinquent taxes in cases of financial stress or hardship and where the taxpayer is working cooperatively with the department to liquidate the liability. It is a formal, signed agreement between DTA and the taxpayer. The typical payment plan requires that the taxpayer make an initial payment of 40% of the taxes due; the remaining balance will then be paid in installments over a time period that falls within the statute of limitations. Other arrangements may be negotiated. Periodic payments are electronic debits from the taxpayer's bank account.

      Pay Real Estate Taxes by e-Check

      Pay Car Taxes by e-Check

      Pay Business Personal Property Taxes by e-Check

    • Wage Liens - DTA makes arrangements with the delinquent taxpayer's employer to garnish the wages of the delinquent taxpayer in the amount that is owed. It may be necessary to garnish more that one paycheck in order to satisfy the tax liability.

    • Bank Liens - DTA makes arrangements with the delinquent taxpayer's bank to recover from the taxpayers' account(s) the amount that is owed.

    • Boot/Tow Orders - In cooperation with the Office of the Sheriff, DTA may "boot" or tow the delinquent taxpayer's vehicle until such time that the taxpayer pays all outstanding taxes.

    • Public Auctions of Real Estate - Selling properties at public auction for delinquent real estate taxes in Fairfax County is generally a last resort collection action inasmuch as the DTA has a wide array of collection tools and the County has an outstanding collection rate. If real estate must be sold to collect delinquent taxes, any tax sale would be handled by the County's contract legal firm for such collections, with oversight from the County Attorney's Office. If you have questions or would like to be added to a potential bidders list for real estate public auctions, please visit our collection attorney, Taxing Authority Consulting Services PC online at You will only be notified in the event a public auction is scheduled. Please note, the Code of Virginia does not authorize the sale of tax lien certificates. Sales only occur at public auction, and the sale conveys title to the property itself. See Real Estate currently scheduled for Public Auction.

    • Public Auctions of Personal Property - DTA may also sell vehicles and certain business equipment at public auction for the collection of delinquent taxes. If you have questions or would like to be added to a potential bidders list for personal property public auctions, please send your contact information to DTA's Revenue Collection Division. See vehicles and equipment currently scheduled for Public Auction.

    • Set-off Debt - DTA notifies the State of Virginia that the taxpayer owes delinquent Fairfax County taxes. The State notifies the County when the taxpayer has funds available at the State level that may be used to satisfy the local tax liabilities. Typically, the State will notify the County of the taxpayer's pending state income tax refunds and lottery winnings.

  • If you have any questions regarding the collection of delinquent taxes, call DTA at 703-222-8234 (TTY 711). If you have received a letter from our collection agent or private collection attorney, call the number provided on the letter. Collection firms currently used by Fairfax County include: 

    •  Nationwide Credit Corporation (NCC) - 703-398-1502 -
      • As authorized by the Board of Supervisors, NCC serves as DTA’s collection agent, contracted under Virginia’s competitive procurement rules.
      • Personal property and BPOL accounts are referred to NCC once delinquent over 90 days (Va. Code §58.1-3919.1).
      • Parking Ticket citations are referred to NCC once delinquent over 180 days (Va. Code §58.1-3934).
      • NCC also serves as DTA’s collection agent on non-tax receivables due other Fairfax County agencies once delinquent more than 180 days (Va. Code §58.1-3934).
      • A 20% collection fee is charged to the debtor by NCC as authorized by Va. Code §58.1-3958.

    •  Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C. (TACS) - 703-880-1078 -
      • As authorized by the Board of Supervisors, TACS serves as DTA’s collection agent for real estate taxes, contracted by the Office of the County Attorney.
      • Real Estate accounts are referred to TACS once delinquent over 90 days (Va. Code §58.1-3919.1).
      • A 20% collection fee is charged to the debtor by TACS as authorized by Va. Code §58.1-3958.



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