The way you pay your registered motor vehicle property tax is changing!
Beginning with September 2013 registrations, you will pay your registered motor
vehicle tax and your registration fee to the NC Dept. of Motor Vehicles at the
same time. The tax bill will be included on your renewal notice from
DMV. You will no longer receive a separate vehicle tax bill from Forsyth County
90 days after registration. It is important that you keep your address current with
the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure receiving your combined tax bill and
registration notice timely.
Your registered motor vehicle taxes will be paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The tax office will still process appeals of value within 30 days of the date due,
correct situs (location inside the county where vehicle is to be taxed), and process
refunds resulting from the sale of a vehicle or a move out of state within 365 days
of the date of plate surrender to DMV.
FAQs Effective With September, 2013 Motor Vehicle Registrations
- QWhy is the state's collection of vehicle property taxes changing?
- AIn 2005, the North Carolina General Assembly ratified House Bill 1779 to create a combined motor vehicle registration renewal and property tax collection system. The legislation places the responsibility for motor vehicle property tax collection for the state’s 100 counties with the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The new combined registration fee and tax collection has become North Carolina’s new “Tag & Tax System.”Top
- QWhen does the new Tag & Tax System take effect?
- AThe new system is scheduled to be phased into effect with vehicle registration renewals that are due in September 2013. By June 2014, all North Carolina vehicles will be enrolled in the system.Top
- QWhy has my registration renewal form changed?
- AThe new form combines information about your vehicle registration renewal fee and your vehicle property tax due. The new Tag & Tax System allows you to make one payment for both registration renewal and vehicle property tax.
- QWill my vehicle registration renewal fee remain the same?
- AYes. Vehicle registration renewal fees will remain the same annual cost. The only increase in your bill will reflect the vehicle property tax amountTop
- QWhen is my vehicle tax due?
- AYour vehicle tax will be due at the same time you renew your vehicle. North Carolina law requires that your vehicle property tax be paid in order to renew the vehicle registration. The due date will be printed on the new combined notice that you receive in the mail.
- QCan I renew my vehicle registration if I do not pay my property tax first?
- ANo. You cannot renew your vehicle’s registration, whether it is leased or owned, unless the total taxes and registration fees on the vehicle are paid.
- QAm I paying vehicle property taxes for the coming year, or for the preceding year?
- ATaxes due on this notice are for the coming year, covering the same period as the vehicle registration.
- QWhat if I lease my vehicle? Do I need to pay my property taxes to the leasing company?
- ANo. Vehicle property taxes on leased motor vehicles must be paid in full at the time of renewal. A copy of the combined tag and tax notice is not sent to the leasing company.Top
- QIs interest charged on late payments?
- AYes. State law requires that interest be charged on late vehicle property tax payments and on late registration renewals.Top
- QHow will I know what vehicle property tax I owe?
- AYour property tax will be included on the new combined notice with your county and municipality tax rates and other applicable taxes due.
- QWill I receive a tax refund if I transfer my license plate to another vehicle during the year?
- ANo. If you have paid your vehicle property tax for the year and then transfer the license plate to another vehicle, you will not be eligible for a refund of the taxes paid. The registered motor vehicle to which the plates are transferred will not be taxed until its current registration is renewed.
- QWhen can I apply for a refund of vehicle property taxes paid?
- AAn owner can apply for a refund of taxes paid when a motor vehicle is sold or registered out of state. The refund will be calculated on any full calendar months remaining in the registration period after the license plate is surrendered to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. Within one year of surrendering the license plates, the owner must present the following to the county tax office: (1) Proof of plate surrender to N.C. DMV (DMV Form FS20); and (2) Copy of the Bill of Sale or the new state’s registration. License plates can be surrendered to your local License Plate Agency or mailed to: NC DMV Vehicle Registration Section, 3148 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-3148. You may fax a copy of your FS20 form and bill of sale or new state’s registration to 336-727-2369.
- QShould I pay vehicle property tax if I am active duty military?
- AActive duty non-resident military personnel may be exempt from North Carolina motor vehicle property tax. To qualify for an exemption, you must present a copy of your Leave & Earnings Statement to the county tax office. The statement should be for the month and year in which you register the vehicle and must include your Estimated Time of Separation (ETS) date and home of record.Top
- QWill I still receive a registered motor vehicle property tax bill from Forsyth County?
- AThe county will still be billing vehicle taxes for registrations made through August 2013. If you have not paid a tax bill that was due on or before December 1, 2013 – past due January 1, 2014 – you will continue to receive past due bills from the tax office to be paid to the Forsyth County Tax Office.Top
- QWho do I contact with questions concerning tax value and jurisdiction?
- A The Forsyth County Tax Office will still handle value and taxing jurisdiction issues. Our phone number is 336-703-2300 and press option 2 for motor vehicles. Top
- QWhere do I file an appeal of value?
- AAppeals must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the due date of your registration to the Forsyth County Tax Office, P. O. Box 757, Winston-Salem, NC, 27102. They must include a detailed description of condition and/or a copy of your last inspection statement showing high mileage if applicable.Top
- QWhy am I receiving a Forsyth County tax bill after September, 2013?
- A If your vehicle registration has an August 2013 expiration date or earlier, you will still receive a bill from Forsyth County which is to be paid to the county tax office. The last bills to be sent from the tax office will be due December 1, 2013 and past due January 1, 2014. Any past due county tax bills should also be paid to the county. Top
- QWhat happens if I do not pay my Forsyth County vehicle tax bill?
- AInterest continues to accrue on past due bills. Collection remedies are still in force. The tax department can still block registrations, attach wages, bank accounts, and state income tax refunds. A past due bill can also be reported to the credit bureau. Top