Personal Property Taxes Due Oct. 5

Sept. 22, 2008

News Highlights 

  • Residents encouraged to pay by mail, phone, computer or kiosk.
  • Payments received or postmarked on Oct. 6 will be credited as on time this year.
  • Cashier counters will be open extended hours beginning Sept. 29.

More Information 

Fairfax County residents are reminded that 2008 personal property taxes must be paid by Oct. 5. Residents can take advantage of several payment options by mail, telephone, computer or kiosks throughout the county to avoid last-minute lines. Since Oct. 5 is a Sunday, payments received or postmarked on Monday, Oct. 6, will be credited as on time.

There is a 10 percent penalty plus interest for late personal property tax payments, and late payments are subject to multiple collection actions and additional fees. Personal property includes automobiles, trucks, motor homes, motorcycles, trailers, campers, boats, outboard motors, planes and business property.

In addition to registering with the Department of Motor Vehicles, automobiles purchased or moved into the county must be registered within 60 days of the purchase or move-in date. Residents of the towns (corporate limits only) of Clifton and Herndon are required to purchase town decals.

Tax payments can be made:

  • On the Internet – Visit and pay by check or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover).

  • At banks – Pay by check or cash (not credit card) at local branches of the following banks in Fairfax County: Bank of America, Sun Trust and Wachovia. These payments must be made on or before the due date of Oct. 5. Residents must bring their bill and pay the exact amount billed.

  • By phone – For VISA, MasterCard and American Express, call 703-222-6740, TTY 711. If using Discover, call 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • By mail – Send checks only (no cash) payable to the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA 22035.

  • At the county’s electronic kiosks – Use VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover cards at county kiosks located in the following libraries: Centreville, Chantilly, Dolley Madison, Fairfax City, George Mason, Herndon Fortnightly, John Marshall, Kings Park, Kingstowne, Pohick, Reston, Sherwood and Tysons-Pimmit. Additional kiosks are located in the Tysons West Park Transit Station, Adult Detention Center (Sheriff’s Office), Fairfax City Museum, Mason Governmental Center, McLean Governmental Center, South County Center, Inova HealthPlex in Alexandria, Fairfax County Community Services Center, Herrity Building, Pennino Building, Housing and Community Development Building, Fairfax County Government Center and Town of Warrenton Library.

  • In person – Pay by check, cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) at the Fairfax County Government Center, Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax. Regular office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. DTA cashier counters will be open to the public on extended hours until 6 p.m., Sept. 29-Oct. 3 and Oct. 6, and on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Failure to receive a bill does not exempt individuals from paying personal property taxes or from incurring late payment penalties. Residents are asked to check their tax bills upon receipt to make sure the information is accurate. If they did not receive a bill or if the bill is incorrect, they should call 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594.

Declaration forms are available at the Department of Tax Administration, or by calling 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594. Residents also can download tax forms, report vehicle changes and calculate the proration of certain vehicle taxes online at




Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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