Third Party Processor FAQ's


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 


Why does Fairfax County use a third party processor for credit/debit card payments?

The use of credit/debit cards is a payment option offered for the convenience of citizens, but there is a cost imposed by most credit card companies that, by county ordinance, must be passed on to the card holder. Whereas Retail Merchants typically absorb this cost, the Fairfax County Code stipulates that, in the payment of taxes, credit/debit card fees (also referred to as convenience fees or merchant fees) must be paid by the card holder, not by the County. Were the County Code to be changed and the fee absorbed, the budget increase in expenditures would be considerable.

In order to offer this convenience and yet comply with credit/debit company by-laws and the county code, we use a third party processor to handle credit card payments.

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If I pay my car taxes by credit/debit card, which third party processor is utilized?

For car tax payments, the Department of Tax Administration (DTA) utilizes a company named Govolution. For VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card and MasterCard debit card payments, Govolution charges a processing fee of 2.5% on the total amount paid. For Visa debit card payments, Govolution charges a flat processing fee of $3.95. This fee will be charged to your credit/debit card and is paid to Govolution; this is not a Fairfax County charge.


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If I pay my real estate taxes by credit/debit card, which third party processor is utilized?


For real estate tax payments, the Department of Tax Administration (DTA) utilizes a company named Govolution. For VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card and MasterCard debit card payments, Govolution charges a processing fee of 2.5% on the total amount paid. For Visa debit card payments, Govolution charges a flat processing fee of $3.95. This fee will be charged to your credit/debit card and is paid to Govolution; this is not a Fairfax County charge.


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If I pay my business personal property taxes by credit/debit card, which third party processor is utilized?

For business personal property tax payments, the Department of Tax Administration (DTA) utilizes a company named Govolution. For VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card and MasterCard debit card payments, Govolution charges a processing fee of 2.5% on the total amount paid. For Visa debit card payments, Govolution charges a flat processing fee of $3.95. This fee will be charged to your credit/debit card and is paid to Govolution; this is not a Fairfax County charge.


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What are my other payment options?

There are numerous ways to pay your taxes to Fairfax County. You may pay by:
  • Regular Check or Money Order

    Make checks or money orders payable to "County of Fairfax."

    Mail payments to:

    Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration
    Suite 223
    12000 Government Center Parkway
    Fairfax, VA 22035

    US Postmark must be by the due date to avoid late charges.

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