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Old 01-27-2010, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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My friend recently relocated to this area and decided to register her vehicle in Virginia. Unfortunately, she didn't know she would have to pay taxes on her vehicle so she was shocked to receive a bill. If you're relocating to Virginia and registering your vehicle don't forget to add that to your budget.

Alexys

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Old 01-27-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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yes the dreaded "personal property tax" A.K.A car tax. I sure hope that Gov. McDonnel will get rid of it once and for all! Is anyone with me on this?
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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yes the dreaded "personal property tax" A.K.A car tax. I sure hope that Gov. McDonnel will get rid of it once and for all! Is anyone with me on this?
I wouldn't hold my breath on that one. I lived in VA in the early 90s and political candidates were making promises back then about getting rid of that tax. Imagine my surprise when I moved back 16 years later and the tax still exists.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I wouldn't hold my breath on that one. I lived in VA in the early 90s and political candidates were making promises back then about getting rid of that tax. Imagine my surprise when I moved back 16 years later and the tax still exists.
LOL, candidates often make promise like that to get elected, but when they're elected it "falls between the cracks." The bottom line is, it's a tax that's here to stay, because it pays for transportation projects. Roads and bridges need to be built and maintained. It seems fair to me that the people who own cars are the ones taxed to maintain the roads. If you don't want to pay the tax, you can always choose to not own a car and take the bus.
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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I wouldn't hold my breath on that one. I lived in VA in the early 90s and political candidates were making promises back then about getting rid of that tax. Imagine my surprise when I moved back 16 years later and the tax still exists.
Well what happened is that Gov. Warner took over and stopped the car tax relief right in its tracks. I'm not holding my breth, but there's a better chance with a republican in Richmond.
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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My friend recently relocated to this area and decided to register her vehicle in Virginia. Unfortunately, she didn't know she would have to pay taxes on her vehicle so she was shocked to receive a bill. If you're relocating to Virginia and registering your vehicle don't forget to add that to your budget.

Alexys
If you are LEAVING Virginia, don't forget to add it to your budget either. I leave in May and I have to pay Alexandria City for Jan-May. Thankfully, with the car tax relief and the low assesment of my car it ain't but $50 most likely.
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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what is this "car tax relief"? BTW. I got my bills (just moved here in Oct) and this "relief" seems significant. When is this supposed to end, or is it indefinite? I moved here from CT which also has a personal property tax on cars in part because they have no tolls on CT roads. What I'm paying in VA is a pittance compared to CT so I'm hoping it continues to be "relieved"
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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I wouldn't hold my breath on that one. I lived in VA in the early 90s and political candidates were making promises back then about getting rid of that tax. Imagine my surprise when I moved back 16 years later and the tax still exists.

The "car tax" goes back to colonial times...it has been assessed on livestock, furniture, and other things over the years.

If it is abolished...it has to be made up somewhere else...increased income or sales tax...something. But maybe that would be the way to go considering how the "car tax" ticks people off....

The State is short 4 billion now...Bobby may be wonderful but he ain't a magician. Virginia ranks near the bottom for state spending on nearly everything...so there's not a lot of room to cut.

Personally, I like taxes like the dreaded car tax....it's one of the very few taxes one has some control over. Want a fancy ride?....it's gonna cost you more than a Corolla!
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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I like the car tax, so people can quit collecting cars in their driveway.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Basehor, KS
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Just for others convenience; I thought I'd list what you'll actually have to pay.

As per Car Tax - Frequently Asked Questions*- Fairfax County, Virginia, the formula is as such:
(X 100) x $4.57 = Y
X = Your cars assessed value (based on National Automobile Dealers Association).
Y = Amount you will owe to register your car.
So as an example if your car is valued at $5000.00, your formula would look like this:
($5,000 100) x $4.57 = $228.50
So you would owe $228.50 for car tax to register your car.

Maybe this is common knowledge, but maybe someone will find it helpful at some point.
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