Personal Property (Vehicle) Tax
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As required by the Code of Virginia, vehicles are valued by a recognized pricing guide as of January 1 of each tax year. All jurisdictions in Virginia, including the City of Alexandria, use the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) values for used vehicles.
Economic factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic wrought unprecedented spikes in car valuations on a state and national basis for Tax Year 2022. While vehicle appreciation resulting from these economic forces dropped considerably over the past year, values on average have not yet completely returned to normal as of January 1, 2023. Overall, vehicles in the city appreciated 1.94% on average based on the January 1, 2023, NADA pricing guide, but the range is significant, with approximately 44% of vehicles appreciating in value an average of about 14%.
Rather than tax the full market value as allowed by law, on May 3, 2023, the Alexandria City Council adopted the FY 2024 budget which included a 90% Assessment Ratio on car values for Tax Year 2023. This means that on every vehicle being taxed, the City will apply a discount of 10% to NADA’s January market value. This action is permitted by Section 58.1-3503(B) of the Code of Virginia. Not all jurisdictions in Northern Virginia adopted an Assessment Ratio for Tax Year 2023.
After applying the discount, vehicles on average will experience an assessment decrease of around 8% from 2022. However, it is important to note that even with the use of an Assessment Ratio, you could still see an increase on your specific vehicle compared with last year, as the change in market value varies widely by vehicle model and year.
Car Tax bills will be mailed this summer, due to be paid on or before October 5, 2023.
State Car Tax Subsidy
Along with the Assessment Ratio on all cars, City Council has taken additional action to minimize the tax burden on lower-valued cars. Starting with Tax Year 2022, the City will now apply the State Car Tax subsidy to 100% of the amount due on Personal Use vehicles assessed at $5,000 or less. The previous 100% subsidy only applied to vehicles assessed at $1,000 or less. It is estimated this action will eliminate the local tax burden on approximately 32,000 cars. Because the City receives a fixed, flat amount from the State each year for the Car Tax subsidy, if more relief is allocated to low value cars, less relief must be given to more expensive cars. This does not affect the assessed value of the car, but it will impact the overall local tax levy due to be paid by October 5.
Tax Year 2022
|100% Relief||Personal Use Vehicles assessed at $5,000 or less|
|52% Relief||Personal Use Vehicles assessed at $5,001 - $20,000|
|28% Relief||On the first $20,000 of assessed value, Personal Use Vehicles assessed at $20,001 - $25,000|
|16% Relief||On the first $20,000 of assessed value, Personal Use Vehicles assessed above $25,000|
Economics of Car Valuation
During the height of pandemic lockdowns, consumer demand for cars declined. Semiconductor microchips power numerous vehicle computer components today, and with the decline in demand manufacturers shifted focus on production from cars to other consumer goods which spiked during massive global teleworking (computers, mobile phones, etc.). Due to earlier changes, the external supply of microchips decreased, and vehicle supply suffered major backlogs, further compounded by the enormous shipping backlog and bottlenecks at ports of entry. Additionally, during the pandemic there was less churn among leasing companies and major fleets, reducing the number of used cars available on the market. As a result, consumer demand for goods also began a sustained spike. These factors resulted in rising prices as dealers had less inventory to sell. For example, according to J.D. Power, dealer inventories were down -59.1% in January 2022 compared to January 2021; and 11.3 million fewer vehicles were produced due to microchip shortages. As a result of supply and demand, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that used-car prices nationally rose 40.5% in January 2021 over January 2020, and average new car prices at dealerships topped $45,000 for the first time ever.
J.D. Power expected the shortage of supply to continue to impact sales through at least the first half of 2022, reporting during that period that dealers continued to sell most inventory as soon as it hit their lots. As such, the resulting forecast was that vehicle prices would continue to increase in the first two quarters of 2022 before depreciation began to return. The market did see an increasing return to normal depreciation such that as of January 1, 2023, vehicles in the city had only appreciated about 2% on average, down from nearly 26% the year before. The City’s 2023 Assessment Ratio of 90% provides a 10% discount to the NADA market value. The market is expected to return to more normal depreciation trends in 2024, which would eliminate the need for a future Assessment Ratio. Some jurisdictions in Northern Virginia have already discontinued the use of Assessment Ratios.
PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES:
All motor vehicles normally parked, stored, or garaged (having situs) in the City of Alexandria, including vehicles with out-of-state plates, must be registered for the City's annual personal property tax. All motor vehicles registered to a City address with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles must also be registered with the City, even vehicles normally parked, stored, or garaged in another state. ("Motor vehicles" include all automobiles, trucks, taxicabs, motor vehicles with specially designed equipment for disabled persons, motorcycles, boats, trailers, campers, and other recreational vehicles.) Once registered with the City, a vehicle will remain registered until the vehicle owner provides the information and documentation needed to adjust or close the account. Personal property taxes are assessed based on the calendar year (January 1 to December 31) or any portion of the year during which a vehicle is liable for the tax. Annual personal property tax bills (including local registration and residential parking permit fees) are mailed in August with a due date of October 5 (or the next business day if October 5 falls on a weekend or holiday). Tax exemptions are available for some vehicles and/or vehicle owners.
The Personal Property Tax rate is $5.33 per $100 (5.33%) of the assessed value of the vehicle ($3.55 for vehicles with specially-designed equipment for disabled persons).
NOTE: Titling and registering a vehicle with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does not automatically register the vehicle with the City of Alexandria.
WINDSHIELD DECAL AND LOCAL DECAL FEE ELIMINATED
Beginning in tax year 2019, the Alexandria City Council voted to eliminate the local decal fee and the requirement for taxpayers to display a windshield decal. As a result, decals are no longer provided or required. In lieu of the local decal fee, the 2019 personal property tax rate was increased to $5.33 per $100 of assessed value. This change was made to implement a more efficient and customer-friendly tax process. Please note that most residential parking districts still require the residential parking permit to be displayed on the rear bumper. Residential parking districts 12 and 12A will be monitored by automated license plate readers rather than by the residential parking permits. For additional information, please contact the Revenue Division at email@example.com.
RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMITS
Residents of residential permit parking districts must also purchase and display a residential parking permit. Additional information on the residential parking permit program is available on the Residential Parking Permit Program Facts page.
Vehicle owners must register with the City within 30 days of moving into the City, purchasing a vehicle, or registering a vehicle to a City address with Virginia DMV. Any vehicle not registered within 120 days of becoming taxable will be subject to a late filing penalty.
PAYMENTS FOR NEW ACCOUNTS
Parking permit fees, plus any prior year taxes, must be paid within 30 days of the billing date. Taxes for the current calendar year must be paid by October 5 (or the next business day if October 5 falls on a weekend or holiday) for accounts created on or before September 5 or within 30 days for accounts created on or after September 6.
PAYMENTS FOR EXISTING ACCOUNTS
October 5 (or the next business day if October 5 falls on a weekend or holiday).
Registering for Personal Property Tax
All residents of the City of Alexandria must register within 30 days of moving into the City or purchasing a vehicle in the City. Vehicle owners may register by:
- Completing the online registration form;
- Bringing the vehicle's valid state registration card, title, or bill of sale and the owner's driver's license to 301 King Street, Room 1700, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except City holidays; or
- Printing the registration form and mailing it with a copy of the vehicle's valid state registration card, title, or bill of sale to the Revenue Division, PO Box 178, Alexandria, VA 22313.
NOTE: Registering a vehicle on someone else's behalf requires a signed, notarized statement from the vehicle owner(s) explicitly authorizing the substitute to register the vehicle with the City.
Upon receiving the information, staff will register the vehicle and mail a bill for any taxes and/or fees that may be immediately due.
Penalties and Fines
- Any person who fails to register for personal property tax within 120 days is subject to a late filing penalty. The penalty is five percent (5%) of the tax due or $10 (whichever is greater), not to exceed the original tax amount due.
- The owner of any vehicle normally parked, stored, or garaged in the City that does not register with City within 30 days of moving into the City or purchase a vehicle is subject to a $40 fine for each violation of the City's tax ordinances. Alexandria police and parking enforcement officers may issue citations on public property or on private property (including parking lots) with the consent of the property owner. Alexandria has reciprocal enforcement agreements with other localities that enable officers in each participating locality to issue citations for violations of the other localities' tax ordinances.
Personal Property Tax Relief Tiers
The method for distributing personal property tax relief to qualifying vehicles is structured as a tiered system, based on the vehicle's assessed value.
The following is the tiered system for allocation of the State Car Tax subsidy for Tax Year 2022 (also known as PPTRA, or Personal Property Tax Relief Act). The State Car Tax subsidy only applies to the first $20,000 of assessed value on Personal Use Vehicles (and the PPTRA relief is prorated for vehicles owned for a part of the year):
Tax Year 2022
|100% Relief||Personal Use Vehicles assessed at $5,000 or less (Zero tax due bills provided as informational courtesy)|
|52% Relief||Personal Use Vehicles assessed at $5,001 - $20,000 (Maximum relief of $554.32)|
|28% Relief||On the first $20,000 of assessed value, Personal Use Vehicles assessed at $20,001 - $25,000 (Maximum relief of $298.48)|
|16% Relief||On the first $20,000 of assessed value, Personal Use Vehicles assessed above $25,000 (Maximum relief of $170.56)|
Certified active-duty military here on military orders and domiciled in another state are exempt from taxation on vehicles they own and that are registered in their name with appropriate documentation, and they receive 100% PPTRA tax relief on the first $20,000 of assessed value on leased vehicles.
The above subsidies are a change from the prior year rates:
Tax Year 2021
|100% Relief||Personal Use Vehicles assessed at $1,000 or less|
|52% Relief||Personal Use Vehicles assessed at $1,001 - $20,000 (Maximum relief of $554.32)|
|41% Relief||On the first $20,000 of assessed value, Personal Use Vehicles assessed at $20,001 - $25,000 (Maximum relief of $437.06)|
|31% Relief||On the first $20,000 of assessed value, Personal Use Vehicles assessed above $25,000 (Maximum relief of $330.46)|
Through the Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 (PPTRA), the Commonwealth of Virginia grants partial relief of the personal property tax levied on the first $20,000 of the assessed value for qualifying vehicles. In 2004, the General Assembly passed legislation capping PPTRA relief at $950 million for the entire State, beginning with the year 2006. The legislation also ended reimbursement for prior year taxes on September 1, 2006, and authorized the City to remove the State credit and bill vehicle owners for the entire tax.
Each locality must annually recalculate relief to distribute the locality's PPTRA reimbursement from the State. In 2013, the City restructured personal property tax relief to apply varying percentages of relief to vehicles of differing values. The percentages are recalculated each year based on the amount of reimbursement funds received from the State.
To calculate car tax relief for a full calendar year, multiply the vehicle's value or $20,000 (whichever is less) by the tax rate of 5.33 percent and then by the PPTRA rate tier appropriate for your vehicle's value. If the vehicle is being assessed for only part of the calendar year, divide the full year total by 12 and multiply by the number of months for which the vehicle is being taxed.
Example: The owner of a qualifying vehicle assessed at $20,000 and taxed for a full year will receive $554.32 in relief for 2022. ($20,000 X 5.33% X 52% = $554.32) The owner of a qualifying vehicle assessed at $20,000 and taxed for six months will receive $277.16. ($554.32/12 X 6 = $277.16)
To qualify, a vehicle must:
- Have a registered gross weight less than 7,501 pounds (qualifying pickup or panel trucks can weigh up to 10,000 pounds);
- Be owned by an individual or leased by an individual under a contract requiring the individual to pay the personal property tax; and
- Be used less than 50 percent for business purposes.
- Motor homes, trailers, and farm use vehicles do not qualify for tax relief.
Does your vehicle qualify for car tax relief?
If you can answer YES to any of the following questions, your motor vehicle is considered by State law to have a business use and does NOT qualify for car tax relief.
- Is more than 50% of the mileage for the year used as a business expense for Federal Income Tax purposes or reimbursed by an employer?
- Is more than 50% of the depreciation associated with the vehicle deducted as a business expense for Federal Income Tax purposes?
- Is the cost of the vehicle expensed pursuant to Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Service Code?
- Is the vehicle leased by an individual and the leasing company pays the tax without reimbursement from the individual?
Out-of-State License Plates
State law requires that residents display Virginia license plates on their vehicle within 30 days of purchase or move into Virginia. Pursuant to §§ 3-2-403 and 3-2-404 of the Alexandria City Code, all vehicles not in compliance with this requirement are subject to a local surcharge of up to $350, in addition to all other Car Tax and local registration fees. The out of state plate fee will be $350 for the first tax year the vehicle is added to the tax rolls, and includes both the $100 tax and a $250 one-time penalty. If your vehicle has not obtained Virginia registration or been granted a valid exemption by January 1 of each subsequent tax year it remains registered in the City of Alexandria, an additional $100 out-of-state plate tax will be added to the personal property tax account.
Some exceptions apply, such as for vehicles owned by a member of the armed forces who is here on active duty.
To register your vehicle with the state and obtain Virginia license plates, please contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269
Or visit your nearest DMV Customer Service Center (the Alexandria Customer Service Center is located at 2681 Mill Rd.)
Vehicles normally parked in the City of Alexandria must also be registered with the City, even if they do not require Virginia license plates or are exempt from local taxation:
Department of Finance
301 King St., Suite 1700
Alexandria, VA 22314
State Law Authorizing Out-of-State Plate Fees:
$100 Out-of-State Plate Tax: Virginia Code § 15.2-973
$250 Out-of-State Plate Penalty: Virginia Code § 46.2-662
RADAR Program (Car Tax Evaders)
Under the law, everyone is required to pay their fair share of taxes, and the public is welcome to share with us any information or concerns you may have about possible tax evasion (such as the license plate state and number, make/model, and vehicle location). While state confidentiality restrictions limit our ability to provide feedback, please be assured that as part of our RADAR program (Research And Discover All Registrations), staff will thoroughly research all information provided, and will assess vehicles to the extent required by law. Visit the RADAR program page for more information or to report a suspected tax evader.
Exemptions from the Personal Property Tax
The following persons are fully or partially exempted from paying the personal property tax but must still register their vehicles, and file the annual filing by exception letter (FBE):
- Antique vehicles, as defined in Section 46.2-100 of the Code of Virginia, are exempt from taxation per Section 3-2-231(8) of the City Code. Antique motor vehicles "may not be used for general transportation purposes" and must be tagged as antiques or vintage vehicles by the Virginia DMV. Per state law, "antique motor vehicle means every motor vehicle, as defined in this section, which was actually manufactured or designated by the manufacturer as a model manufactured in a calendar year not less than 25 years prior to January 1 of each calendar year and is owned solely as a collector's item."
- Military personnel who are on extended active duty and who are not residents of Virginia, if the vehicle is owned (not leased) by and registered solely in the name of the active duty person, are exempt from both the local registration fee and personal property tax. Military personnel who are on active duty and are residents of Virginia are exempt from the local registration fee but not the personal property tax.
- The spouse of an active duty military member is exempt from the personal property tax on a vehicle owned solely or jointly with the military member if the service member is exempt. Vehicles co-owned with other family members or non-related persons will not qualify for the exemption.
- Certain Members of Congress and their spouse; Pursuant to Federal law (4 U.S.C. Chapter 4; PL 99-190): “No State, or political subdivision thereof, in which a Member of Congress maintains a place of abode for purposes of attending sessions of Congress may impose a personal property tax with respect to any motor vehicle owned by such Member (or by the spouse of such Member) unless such Member represents such State or a district in such State.” Members representing the Commonwealth of Virginia, or districts within the Commonwealth, are not exempt from the personal property tax, and are subject to Virginia tax law.
- Recognized foreign diplomats and their immediate families are exempt from both the local registration fee and personal property tax.
- Disabled American veterans whose vehicles display current Virginia disabled veteran license plates are exempt from the local registration fee but not the personal property tax.
- Members of the Virginia National Guard whose vehicles display current Virginia National Guard license plates pay only half the local registration fee but are not exempt from the personal property tax.
NOTE: The following property is not eligible for this exemption and is therefore fully taxable:
- Leased vehicles (other than those taxed in other Virginia jurisdictions or states);
- Property used in a trade or business; and
- Property co-owned with any person who does not qualify for tax exemption.
Documentation Required for Exemption
In some cases, in order to receive the relevant personal property tax and/or local registration fee exemption, the vehicle owner must provide staff with documentation of his or her tax exempt status. The type of documentation required depends upon the category of exemption requested.
For vehicles owned solely by active duty military members, the vehicle owner must provide:
- A copy of the member's military identification card; and
- A copy of the member's current Leave and Earning Statement (LES).
For vehicles owned or co-owned by the spouse of an active duty military member, the vehicle owner must provide:
- A copy of the member's military identification card;
- A copy of the member's current LES;
- A copy of either the marriage certificate or the spouse's military dependent identification card; and
- A completed City of Alexandria Military Spouse Residency Relief Form: Certification of Legal Residence (Domicile).
For vehicles owned by recognized foreign diplomats and their immediate families, the vehicle owner must provide:
- A copy of the vehicle owner's Personal Identification Card issued by the United States Department of State.
For vehicle owners who pay taxes on their vehicles to other Virginia jurisdictions or other states, the vehicle owner must provide:
- A copy of his or her personal property or ad valorem tax receipt for the vehicle and tax period in question.
Other types of exemption are validated through Virginia DMV records and/or information provided by the US Congress.
How Taxes and Fees Are Calculated
Personal Property Tax: The Personal Property Tax rate is $5.33 per $100 (5.33%) of the assessed value of the vehicle ($3.55 for vehicles with specially-designed equipment for disabled persons).
- If a vehicle is subject to the taxes in Alexandria for a full calendar year, the tax amount is determined by multiplying the tax rate by the assessed value.
- If a vehicle is subject to the taxes in Alexandria for less than a full calendar year, the assessed value is prorated for the number of months the vehicle is subject to taxes. The vehicle is subject to tax for a full month if it is parked, stored, or garaged in the City of Alexandria for 15 or more days of the month. The tax amount is then determined by multiplying the tax rate by the prorated assessed value.
- If the current owner of the vehicle paid taxes during the same tax year to a non-prorating Virginia jurisdiction, the City will relieve the personal property taxes assessed upon receipt of proof of taxes paid to the non-prorating jurisdiction.
- If the City is notified that a vehicle is moved out of the City or disposed of, the City will adjust the personal property tax assessment accordingly.
NOTE: Vehicles subject to personal property tax may also qualify for Personal Property Tax Relief (PPTRA), which covers a percentage of the personal property taxes due on the first $20,000 in assessed value for personal vehicles. This percentage is subject to change each year.
Additional information on vehicle assessments and PPTRA is available below.
Assessments and Appeals
How Vehicles are Assessed: The assessed value is the fair market value of the vehicle as published in nationally recognized pricing guides. The City primarily uses the clean trade-in value (as of January 1 of the tax year) found in the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Official Used Car Guide. The City assesses vehicles not listed in any recognized pricing guide at fair market values. For new model vehicles, the City uses a percentage of the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) or a percentage of the purchase price if MSRP information is not available. Generally, a vehicle's assessment will decrease from year to year. In some cases, the assessment will increase.
Appealing an Assessment: The City assesses personal property on the assumption that it is in fair condition for its age. If a vehicle is not in fair condition because of high mileage, extensive body or interior damage, or serious mechanical malfunctions, the vehicle owner may appeal the assessment. Each appeal must be received by December 31 of the tax year to which it applies. Appeals are considered in the order they are received and may take 60 days or more to be completed. If the appeal is not answered by October 5 of the tax year, the tax amount originally assessed is still due. If the assessment is later reduced as a result of the appeal, the City will issue a refund.
Appeals for Damage or Malfunction: The vehicle owner may submit an appeal by having a mechanic complete the appeal form and returning it by mail or in person. (Please note that the linked form is for calendar year 2020 assessments. Prior year forms can be found here.)
Appeals for High Mileage: The vehicle owner should submit documentation dated prior to March 31 of the applicable tax year. The documentation provided must show both the VIN number and mileage of the vehicle. Accepted documentation includes:
- An inspection receipt;
- A mechanic's official receipt for work performed; and/or
- A dealer's official receipt for work performed.
Submitting an Appeal in Person or by Mail:
Personal Property Tax
301 King Street, Room 1700
Alexandria, VA 22314
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Department of Finance
City of Alexandria
PO Box 178
Alexandria, VA 22313
As in all Virginia jurisdictions that adjust for high mileage, the City of Alexandria bases this on the determinations of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) recognized pricing guide. NADA reports that its “Mileage class is determined by J.D. Power’s editors based on a combination of factors including, but not limited to, a vehicle’s MSRP, market segment and the observed impact high or low mileage has on the vehicle’s used value.” Per state code, our values are from the recognized pricing guide “as of” January 1 of the tax year, so any adjustments for mileage are taken from the January value.
The NADA has five different mileage classes depending on the make and model of the vehicle. Each class has a different mileage range based on the age of the vehicle. While the pricing guide indicates that a positive adjustment is warranted for low mileage, which would normally increase the assessed value of a car, the City does not increase assessments for low mileage. We will only decrease the assessed value in cases of documented high mileage.
Adjusting and/or Closing a Personal Property Tax Account
NOTE: All changes to vehicle status (purchases, trades, moves, sales, donations, etc.) should be reported to the City of Alexandria within 30 days and promptly reported to the Virginia DMV.
MOVING WITHIN OR OUT OF THE CITY
A vehicle owner who has moved within the City of Alexandria should report the change of address to:
Personal Property Tax
301 King Street, Room 1700
Alexandria, VA 22314
A vehicle owner who has moved out of the City must:
- Fill out and submit a completed disposition form; and
- Provide proof of personal property tax registration with another Virginia jurisdiction or a copy of the vehicle's new state registration card.
DISPOSING OF A VEHICLE
In the event that a currently registered vehicle is traded, sold, donated, stolen, or totaled, the vehicle owner must:
- Fill out and submit a completed disposition form; and
- Provide documentation of the change in status.
Documentation accepted by the City of Alexandria includes:
- Trades: A copy of the buyer's order or purchase order.
- Sales: A copy of the bill of sale.
- Donations: A copy of the donation receipt.
- Stolen Vehicles: The case number from the jurisdiction where the vehicle was stolen.
- Totaled or Destroyed Vehicles: The statement of loss from the insurance company.
NOTE: A temporary absence from the City does not exonerate a vehicle owner from paying the taxes. The City will consider a vehicle owner's absence from the City to be temporary until the vehicle owner provides the information and documentation described above.
Annual Billing: In the second week of August or later each year, the City mails personal property tax bills for all vehicles registered prior to July 15. Owners of not-for-hire automobiles who have no delinquent tax balance will receive their new residential parking permit (if applicable) with their bills. Taxpayers with delinquent balances and owners of for-hire vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, motor homes, etc. must pay all taxes, penalties, and interest due to receive the residential parking permit. All taxes assessed for the current calendar year (January 1 to December 31) as of this billing are due October 5.
Billing upon Registration: Upon registering vehicles newly purchased or newly moved into the City, staff will mail a bill for the residential parking permit (if applicable) and any personal property taxes that may be due as of the billing. Bills mailed upon registration must be paid within 30 days.
- If the vehicle is registered between January 1 and September 5, personal property taxes for the current calendar year are due October 5. (If any prior year taxes are due, they must be paid within 30 days.) The parking permit fee is due within 30 days. If a late filing penalty has been applied, all taxes and fees must be paid before a parking permit will be issued.
- If the vehicle is registered between September 6 and December 31, both current year and any prior year personal property taxes and the parking permit fee are due within 30 days. (The owners of vehicles registered at this time that were moved in or purchased between December 16 and December 31 will owe no current year taxes and will be billed for the parking permit fee only.)
NOTE: Any vehicle owner who does not receive the bill by mail must contact the Finance Department at 703.746.4800. Failure to receive the bill will not relieve the vehicle owner of the obligation to file and pay taxes by the due date.
Payments (by check or money order) for personal property tax, local registration fee, and residential parking permits may be mailed with the bill stub to:
City of Alexandria
P.O. Box 34710
Alexandria, VA 22334-0710
Any vehicle owner paying by check or money order should write the account number in the memo field. Returned checks are subject to a $35 fee in accordance with state law. The City of Alexandria also offers a variety of other payment options.
Any vehicle owner who is delinquent on his or her taxes and believes he or she may need a payment plan should see Discovery and Collections.
Car Tax payments are due each year on October 5. Bills are mailed in the summer after the annual tax rate has been adopted by City Council. Unlike most Real Estate taxes, Car Taxes are not escrowed each month as part of a mortgage. However, if you would like to anticipate the taxes due in October, you are welcome to make prepayments any time. For approximate estimating purposes, base the amount on last year’s bill and prepay the amount you want. This can be on a monthly basis or in one or more lump sums. The residual amount due will be reflected on a revised tax bill mailed to you in the summer. To make a prepayment, please visit https://www.alexandriava.gov/Payments.
Penalties for Late Payments
- A late payment penalty of $10 or 10 percent of the tax billed to the taxpayer, whichever is greater, will be assessed for failure to pay any personal property tax by the due date. No penalty may exceed the amount of the tax billed.
- Interest on all delinquent taxes accrues at an annual rate of ten percent the first year, and five percent each year thereafter, until all taxes and penalties are paid.
- The City will assess an administrative fee on all delinquent personal property tax accounts on a per vehicle, per year basis. The administrative fee, described in the table below, is applied towards processing costs incurred in the collection of delinquent taxes.
|$0 to $24.99||$0|
|$25 to $49.99||$25|
|$50 and up||$50|
Additional information on payment plans, penalties, interest, administrative fees, and delinquent tax collections is available on the Discovery and Collections page or by contacting:
Discovery and Collections
301 King St., Room 1700
Alexandria, VA 22314
PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX - 703.746.4800 / EMAIL
For questions about Personal Property (Vehicle) Tax, Vehicle Registration, Vehicle Assessments, and Account/Address Changes
TAX RELIEF - 703.746.4800 / EMAIL
For questions about Personal Property Tax Relief for Elderly or Totally Disabled Persons
DISCOVERY AND COLLECTIONS - 703.746.4800 / EMAIL
For questions about delinquent taxes, payment plans, DMV stops, tax preparation assistance, or reporting tax evaders
TREASURY DIVISION - 703.746.4800 / EMAIL
For questions about Billing and Payment; Paying Taxes and Parking Citations; Residential Parking Permits