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
Collection Agencies and Credit
Bureaus - 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 http://www.taxva.com/. 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
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
- Collection Agencies and Credit Bureaus - 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.
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:
- 703-398-1502 - http://www.nccarm.com/
- 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 - http://www.taxva.com/
- 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.
- Nationwide Credit Corporation (NCC) - 703-398-1502 - http://www.nccarm.com/