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What is the real estate tax rate for the current tax year?
The real estate tax rate is $0.63 per $100 of the assessed value.

What is the personal property tax rate for the current tax year?
The personal property tax rate is $1.70 per $100 of the assessed value.

What is the mobile home tax rate for the current tax year?
The mobile home tax rate is $0.58 per $100 of the assessed value.

When are taxes due?

First half real estate tax is due May 20 and the second half is due November 20th of each year. All Personal Property is due November 20th of each year. Taxes are considered delinquent May 21 and Nov 21 of each year. Late payment penalty (10%) and interest (10% APR) are added on May 21 and Nov 21.

Is there a tax relief program for the elderly or disabled?
There is a tax relief program available to citizens age 65 (who meet the required criteria) or the permanently disabled. The taxpayer is required to file an application form with the Commissioner of Revenue's office from January 1, through May 1, of each year.

What information do I need to purchase a dog license?
All dogs age four (4) months are required to have a dog license. A vaccination certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian must be presented. Code requires dog licenses to be purchased by February 1, each year. Dog licenses are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred.

What is the cost of a dog license?
Female license is $7.00. Male license is $6.00. Unsexed license is $4.00. Kennel license for 20 dogs is $30.00. Kennel license for 50 dogs is $50.00. Three year male license is $16.00. Three year female license is $19.00. Three year unsexed $10.00. Three year rabies certificates must have at least 25 months remaining.

What is required to purchase an automobile license?
In 2008, the county transitioned to a local license fee, which is billed on your personal property bill in the fall.

What is the cost of a county license?
Automobile, truck, motor home license is $20.00. Tractor Trailer license is $20.00 Motorcycle decal is $8.00. Recreational vehicle or pull behind trailer is $6.00.

What alternative methods are available for paying taxes?
The Direct Payment Program allows you to make payments automatically each month. When you enroll in the program, the amount you choose will be deducted from your bank account each month and applied toward the taxes you specify. You can obtain an authorization form from the Treasurer's office or call and have one mailed to you. Credit card payments may be made by calling 1-888-877-0450 or online at https://paylocalgov.com/washcova. Payments may be made by check or in person anytime during the year.

What collection methods do we use for collecting delinquent taxes?
Washington County uses a variety of collection methods allowed under Virginia Code. We use the Debt Set Off program through the VA Department of Taxation to seize state income tax refunds. We also place DMV stops which block all DMV transactions with the Department of Motor Vehicles for all unpaid personal property taxes and vehicle license fees, and we utilize tax liens on wages and bank accounts and also pursue warrants in debt through the court system. Real estate is sold under the Judicial Sale code section through the Courts with all expenses paid by the taxpayer or the court sale.

Could my property be sold for taxes?
Yes, your property can be sold for delinquent taxes when delinquent for three years. Real estate is sold under the Judicial Sale "Bill in Equity" code section through the Circuit Court. This is a very expensive process and all costs are borne by the delinquent taxpayer or taken from the proceeds of the sale. The Judicial Sale process requires extensive notification of the owners, lien holders, and legal publications.

Will you explain the Personal Property Tax Relief Act?
The Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 provides tax relief for any passenger car, motorcycle, pickup, or panel truck having a registered gross weight of less than 7,501 pounds. The vehicle must be owned or leased by an individual and NOT used for business purposes. In 2006, the Commonwealth capped its payment to localities. Each year Washington County is required to recalculate the tax relief percentage based on the state cap and the growth in the number value of vehicles located in the county. For qualified vehicles, your tax bill is reduced by the applicable tax relief percent for the tax year on the first $20,000 of value. If your qualifying vehicles assessed value is $1,000 or less, your tax has been eliminated and the Commonwealth's share is 100%. You are required to certify annually to Washington County that your vehicle remains qualified to receive car tax relief. Therefore, it is important that you review the information sent to you by Washington County Commissioner or Revenue to be sure that your vehicles are properly qualified. This information may be included on items such as Personal Property Tax Returns or tax bills. If your vehicle is improperly qualified or you are uncertain whether your vehicle would be eligible for car tax relief because it is used part of the time for business purposes, contact the Commissioner of Revenue at 276-676-6270 or 276-466-2242.

Where do I send estimated income tax payments and when are they due?
Individuals making estimated payments should send their first payment to the Commissioner of Revenue by May 1, of each year. Estimated payments 2, 3, and 4 should be mailed to the Treasurers Office. All checks should be made payable to the Washington County Treasurer.

What other services does the Treasurers Office provide?
Washington County, VA Office of the Treasury is also a DMV Select Office providing practically all DMV services except drivers licenses.
www.dmvnow.com
Washington County, VA Office of the Treasury is also a Passport Agent Office processing regular and expideted passport applications.
www.travel.state.gov

 

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