Tax Assessor's Office
700 E. Stonewall St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
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How you pay your vehicle tax is changing!North Carolina has a new law that combines motor vehicle registration renewal and property tax collection. This initiative fundamentally changes the way vehicle taxes are billed and collected. Link to NC DMV Tag and Tax Site->
How Does The New Law Change Things?
Vehicle registration is done by the state and taxes have been processed by the Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor.
Vehicle owners will now begin receiving Tag & Tax Notices from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) listing both vehicle registration fees and taxes due. A single payment to cover both vehicle registration fees and vehicle property taxes will be made directly to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Raleigh.
Do I still need to get an inspection before renewing my registration?Yes, just like the current system, inspections are required before registrations are granted.
Beginning with Mid-year 2013 Renewals and New Issue registrations:If your mailing address is up-to-date with the NC Division of Motor Vehicles, you will receive a Tag & Tax Notice listing both vehicle registration fees and taxes due. Just as in the past, vehicle owners will receive the notice about 60 days before the expiration of the vehicle registration.
Previously, those who register their vehicles with the NCDMV have their car inspected and then pay the state license tag renewal. Afterward, they would receive a tax bill from the County, about three months later.
Beginning in mid-2013, the State will begin collecting vehicle taxes at the same time vehicle owners renew their license tags.
With Tag & Tax Together, annual registration fees and vehicle property taxes will be paid to the NCDMV in person at a local tag office, online at the NCDMV website or by mail.
The new system will be phased-in as vehicle registration renewals become due in mid-2013. By mid-2014, all North Carolina vehicles that are registered with the DMV will be using the new system. The calendar below indicates when vehicles will enter the system according to the renewal dates on the license plates.
During the change, tax years will seem to overlap: some vehicle owners will receive a tax bill from the County and then, less than 12-months later, receive another tax bill from the State for the same vehicle. This overlap will occur because previously, vehicle owners paid taxes after the tax year began; under the new system, they will pay taxes before the new tax year begins. The State will collect the taxes and distribute revenue back to the County, who will then distribute the portions due to Charlotte and the Towns.
Vehicle owners will be unable to renew their motor vehicle’s registration unless the total taxes and registration fees on the vehicle are paid at the same time.
Tag and Tax Renewal Calendar
Chart below shows when each vehicle will be added to the new system, based on the renewal sticker on the license plate.
Unpaid Tax Interest Begins
Jan 16, 2014