North Carolina’s new Tag and Tax Together program is underway, and the first combined tag and tax notices are being mailed to drivers with September vehicle-registration renewals.
The new bills will reflect tax information from counties as well as vehicle registration and inspection information. Drivers used to pay for tags and taxes separately. The new Tag & Tax Together program requires one payment for both bills. Both tags and taxes must be paid in full to renew vehicle registration.
Vehicle owners 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 posted on the Division of Motor Vehicles website shows where property-tax information is listed and how to find vehicle registration facts. After receiving your entire payment, the DMV 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. The 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.
The 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.
In addition to the Tag & Tax Together information on the website, the DMV, 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 program.
• The new Tag and Tax Together program is for your vehicle property tax only and does not affect your mortgage or home property tax.
• Your 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.
• Your vehicle’s annual registration renewal fee will remain the same. The increase in your bill is from the addition of the vehicle property tax.
• No 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.