July 23, 2013
DMV’s first ‘tag and tax together’
bills are hitting the mail
Carolina’s new Tag and Tax Together program is officially underway and
the first combined tag and tax notices are being mailed to drivers with
September vehicle registration renewals.
bills will reflect both vehicle property tax information from counties
and other taxing jurisdictions, as well as vehicle registration and
inspection information. Drivers used to pay for tags and taxes
separately. The new “Tag and Tax Together” program will require one
payment for both bills. Both tag renewals and tax payments must be paid
in full to renew vehicle registration.
can tell if they will be among the first to receive the new bills by
checking to see if they have a “9” (for the month of September) sticker
on their license tag. With each month that passes, additional vehicle
owners will receive the new notice when their renewal is due. By
mid-2014, the program should include all North Carolina vehicle owners.
An easy-to-read map of the combined notice posted on the DMV website
shows where property tax information is listed and how to find vehicle
registration facts. After receiving your entire payment, NCDMV will
renew your vehicle registration and forward the property tax portion of
your payment directly to your county revenue office.
The DMV website features frequently-asked questions about the combined billing program and contact information for county revenue offices across the state. A Spanish version of the questions has also been posted. (Vea una version en Español de las preguntas más frecuentes.) DMV has produced a video to help explain the new program.
To figure out the projected total of your new bill, visit the Tag and Tax Estimator and plug in your vehicle information. Vehicle dealers and dealerships can also find information about the new program online.
result of a law passed by the General Assembly in 2005, the new billing
combination has required the incorporation of county tax rates into the
vehicle registration system. It is designed to provide an easy one-time
payment of vehicle tags and property taxes for vehicle owners.
addition to the “Tag and Tax Together” information on the website,
NCDMV, the N.C. Department of Revenue and North Carolina’s 100 counties
have been working together to get the word out about the new combined
Key facts about the program:
new Tag and Tax Together program is for your vehicle property tax only
and does not affect your mortgage or home property tax.
vehicle tax will be due at the same time your vehicle registration is
due. The due date will be printed on the new renewal notice that you
receive in the mail.
vehicle’s annual registration renewal fees will remain the same. The
increase in your bill is from the addition of the vehicle property tax.
owner will have to pay taxes twice in the same tax year for the same
vehicle. It is important to look at the vehicle property tax year
rather than the calendar year. By law, the tax year for your vehicle
begins the first month after your previous registration expires. While
it is possible to pay twice in a calendar year, no vehicle owner will
pay twice in the same tax year or for the same 12-month period.