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Vehicle Tax Relief - Frequently Asked Questions

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To help vehicle owners, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approvee 10% tax relief for personal property taxes as part of their FY 2024 Adopted budget. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers:

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted worldwide supply chains and manufacturing of technological components. As a result, automobile manufacturers are producing new inventory at a lower rate, and fewer people are selling their old vehicles. The reduced supply combined with high consumer demand have caused vehicle values to soar.

Many classifications of vehicles in Fairfax County have historically been assessed at 100% of the clean trade-in value stated in the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) pricing guide published by J.D. Power as of January 1 each year, in accordance with Virginia Code Section 58.1-3503(A). 

Vehicles will be assessed at only 90% of their assessed market value rather than the normal 100%. This will result in a reduction in the assessed vehicle values and vehicle tax bills and provide relief to taxpayers and mitigate the otherwise unprecedented projected increases in vehicle taxes.

Yes, the 10% reduction will only be for Tax Year 2023 (Fiscal Year 2024) beginning January 1, 2023 and ending December 31, 2023.

The 10% reduction will automatically be incorporated into personal property tax bills. Because this relief will already be applied, taxpayers won’t see a separate line on their bill that shows the reduction.

The car tax relief shown on the bill refers to the Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 (PPTRA). Under Virginia law, the Commonwealth of Virginia subsidizes a percentage of the taxes on the first $20,000 of assessed value for vehicles coded as personal use. Vehicles qualified for this subsidy are noted on the tax bill and show a reduction for the portion of the tax the Commonwealth will pay.

Yes, in addition to the approved 10% assessment reduction, seniors and people with disabilities may also apply for additional relief. To qualify, residents must meet certain income and net worth eligibility criteria. For more information, please refer to our Tax Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities page.

Yes, vehicle owners may appeal their car’s assessment if it has high mileage, body damage or serious mechanical defects as of Jan 1. Learn more about how to file an appeal. While vehicle owners wait for the results of an appeal, they should still pay their tax bill by the Oct. 5 due date to avoid penalties and interest charges. If your assessment is changed because of an appeal, you will receive a tax refund based on the corrected assessment.

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