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Possible error in Town of Halifax personal property tax bills

SoVaNow.com / November 02, 2010
The Town of Halifax would like to notify residents, businesses and property owners to carefully review their 2010 taxes for personal property that were mailed the week of Nov. 1.

A computer error has occurred again this year at the Halifax County Commissioner of Revenue's Office involving the calculation of the total amount of vehicle license fees owed. Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy encourages residents and businesses to carefully review their personal property tax notice to confirm the appropriate vehicle license fee has been assessed for the property they own ($25 per automobile or recreational vehicle and $5 per motorcycle) as of Jan. 1, 2010.

Adjustments will be made by town staff in the case of overcharges and in the event of overpayment, the Town will provide a refund. For further assistance regarding the Town of Halifax Property Tax Notice, please call Halifax Town Hall 434-476-2343. For information about the tax assessment of property, please contact the County Commissioner of Revenue's Office at 434-476-3314.

Because the deadline for payment of total tax due (both real estate and personal property/machine & tool) is Sunday Dec. 5, payments postmarked on Dec. 6, will not to be assessed penalty and interest. If a receipt is desired, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope. Payments made after the due date are subject to 10 percent penalty and 10 percent interest per annum. In addition to applicable penalties and interest, late payments on personal property will be for 100 percent of tax due without regard to any former entitlement to state PPTRA relief. If ownership of property has been transferred during the current tax year, the bill should be forwarded to the responsible party. For information about the tax assessment of property, please contact the County Commissioner of Revenue’s office at 434-476-3314.

This year, as an added convenience Halifax is offeingr a new payment option for Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills using Paymentus Corporation, a third party automated payment service that accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Electronic Check. This new payment plan can only be accessed online or by phone using Paymentus. This system will not be set up for payments in person at the Halifax Town Hall, although cash and check payments will continue to be accepted in person. You may make your payment anytime, any day, 24/7. Paymentus Corporation will charge a convenience fee for each transaction (the fee covers payment handling and processing charges).

If you have any questions about phone or online payments, please call Halifax Town Hall at 434-476-2343.

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