Coming Down the Road: Car Tax Deadline Oct. 5

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Ahhh September, your calendar is suddenly full of fall festivals, college football games, back to school nights, and a reminder to pay your personal property (car) tax before the Monday, Oct. 5 deadline.

To give you more time for the fun things on the calendar, here are four things you need to know:

#1: Don’t Wait Until Last Minute

If you have a question or concern about your tax bill,  contact our customer service staff in the Department of Tax Administration at your earliest convenience, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 703-222-8234 (TTY 703-222-7594), or send an email.


#2: Ways to Pay

There are several convenient (and quick!) ways to pay. Tip: have your bill handy, you will need info on it.

Director of Tax Administration Kevin Greenlief explains the many payment options available:


Pay Your Car Tax


#3: Registration Fee

Your personal property tax bill includes a $33 registration fee ($38 for vehicles in excess of 4,000 pounds, or $18 for motorcycles) regularly garaged, stored or parked in Fairfax County. There is no county windshield decal to purchase or display. Cars garaged within town limits are subject to the county’s personal property tax, but do not pay the registration fee; rather, the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna have their own separate decal and/or fee requirements; contact your town for more information.


#4: Tax Relief

You may qualify for tax relief, if you are a senior at least 65 years old, or permanently and totally disabled, a disabled veteran, or a spouse of a veteran killed in action. More information and forms are online, or call 703-222-8234 (TTY 703-222-7594).

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