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February 5, 2003

PAY YOUR VEHICLE TAX BILL OR RISK LOSING YOUR VEHICLE:
SHERIFF'S OFFICE AUTHORIZED TO SEIZE VEHICLES

Charlotte, NC - Under a new partnership between the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, any registered vehicle owner who fails to pay his or her vehicle tax bill will now risk losing that vehicle. 

The names and addresses of registered vehicle owners who have not paid their vehicle tax bills will be delivered to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office on a bi-monthly basis, beginning March 3, 2003.  Deputies are authorized to confiscate the car or truck and sell it at auction in order to collect delinquent taxes and recoup the costs of seizure.

Mecklenburg County taxpayers have ample notice to pay their vehicle tax bills, before their names and addresses are delivered to the Sheriff's Office.  Each taxpayer is mailed at least THREE vehicle tax notices, and one or more notices that their vehicle is subject to seizure.  At any time during the process, the taxpayer can pay the tax bill and retain possession of their vehicle.  There are several ways to pay the tax bill:


· By Internet: Log on to www.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/cotax and use a credit/debit card.*

· By phone: Call 1-877-533-0072 and use a credit/debit card.*

· By mail: Mail a check to the City-County Tax Collector, P.O. Box 32247, Charlotte, NC 28232-2247.

· In person: Pay at the Tax Collector's office at the Robert L. "Bob" Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street in Charlotte, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Make the check payable to the City-County Tax Collector.

*There is a convenience fee assessed when using the credit/debit card option.  Credit/debit cards are not accepted at the Tax Collector's office. 

Under North Carolina law, the owner of a licensed vehicle receives a tax bill approximately three months after the tag is renewed or issued.  The vehicle owner has one month to pay the bill before it becomes delinquent.  The bill must be paid before the vehicle registration can be renewed the following year.  . 

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Money generated by the auction of the vehicle, less the taxes owed and administrative expenses, is to be held by the courts.  A lien holder or vehicle owner can apply for a reimbursement of the balance.  Any money owed as a result of a lien or loan against the vehicle remains the responsibility of the registered owner.

On August 20, 2002, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the Tax Collector to work with the Sheriff's Office in collecting delinquent taxes on personal property and registered motor vehicles.  Partnering with the Sheriff's Office gives the Tax Collector more resources and a safer, more effective way to collect delinquent taxes.  Currently, such partnerships are in place in Wake, Forsyth and other counties, which have experienced improvement in collection efforts. 

In January 1993, the North Carolina General Assembly created a special tax class for licensed motor vehicles and trailers. The major feature of North Carolina General Statute 105-330 is that the owner of a licensed vehicle or trailer receives a tax bill approximately three months after the tag is renewed or issued. The billings are generated from information provided by the owner to the Division of Motor Vehicles.

The DMV then provides the ownership lists to the taxable county. The owner of the vehicle or trailer must pay the tax bill before the registration can be renewed the following year. In addition to other collection remedies (i.e. garnishment and attachment), the statute allows the Tax Collector to block the vehicle registration preventing the taxpayer from renewing the registration until taxes are paid.



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