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 - As permitted by
Virginia law, DTA sends delinquent personal property accounts to an
outside collection agent; real estate accounts with outstanding
balances are sent to an outside attorney. Collection fees are paid
by those with delinquent taxes.
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://taxva.us/. 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
Publication of Delinquent Taxpayer
Lists - Delinquent Taxpayer lists are regularly aired on
Cox Cable Channel 16.
- Collection Agencies and Credit Bureaus - As permitted by Virginia law, DTA sends delinquent personal property accounts to an outside collection agent; real estate accounts with outstanding balances are sent to an outside attorney. Collection fees are paid by those with delinquent taxes.
If you have any questions regarding the
collection of delinquent taxes, call DTA at 703-222-8234 (TTY:
703-222-7594). 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
Corporation (NCC) -
Taxing Authority Consulting
Services, P.C. (TACS) -
- Nationwide Credit Corporation (NCC) - 703-642-7500