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Halifax County personal property tax bills go in the mail / October 17, 2013
Personal property tax notices for 2013 went out in the mail this week, with some changes in store for Halifax County taxpayers. Payments are due Thursday, Dec. 5.

On vehicles valued up to $20,000, the tax bills contain a 29 percent credit, the amount Halifax County can grant under Virginia’s car-tax relief law. Gross weight of qualified vehicles must be less than 7,501 pounds.

The tax bill shows the net amount of the vehicle tax, plus any decal fee charged. By local ordinance, county taxpayers will see an increase in the local decal fee.

County decal information is taken from either a personal property tax listing or from the DMV files.

Any questions concerning the values or qualifications of vehicles assessed can be directed to the Treasurer’s Office at 434-476-3314. Personal property values are assessed by ownership or title as of Jan. 1, 2013. Members of the public are urged to review bills carefully to insure that all vehicles and decal fees are properly assessed in the titled names.

Also in keeping with local ordinances, a $48 solid waste disposal fee will assessed on one vehicle per household and added to personal property tax bills. Taxpayers can call 476-3314 or 476-3318 with any questions concerning this fee. Please detach all bill coupons and mail or bring coupons to insure all payments are posted properly.

The deadline for payment of local taxes, including the second installment of the real estate tax, is Thursday, Dec. 5. No additional real estate tax bills will be mailed. A postmark date of December 5 will be accepted.

A 10 percent penalty will be added to all unpaid tax amounts as of Dec. 6, and a 10 percent per annum will be added for interest due.

Taxpayers are asked to call 434-476-3318 if they did not receive a personal property bill, especially those that have moved to a new address since January 1, 2013. New landowners who have acquired land since Jan. 1, 2013 will need to call if they did not receive an earlier bill.

A local ordinance requires that the tax relief exemption for qualified elderly and disabled persons be applied only taxes are paid up to date. The tax relief exemption applies to real estate and mobile homes. If you think you may qualify for this exemption for the coming tax year of 2014, please call 434-476-3314 for an application for next year. No exemption is given on vehicles.

The Halifax County Treasurer’s Office is located in the Mary Bethune Office Complex, 1030 Cowford Road, Halifax and is open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call 434-476-3318 if you have any questions.

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