First ‘Tag and Tax Together’ combined bill are due

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 04:02 AM

The first combined tag and tax notices for vehicle registration renewals and newly purchased vehicles are due Sept. 1. 

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles office located in the White Oak Plaza off U.S/74A in Spindale, has begin the new process for renewals due in September, said contractor Sharon Causby.

“There have been no problems and  people are wanting to pay now,” Causby said Friday. “This is going to be great for the public. They do not have have to make two trips. It will take some getting use to but it will help everyone in the long run.”

The new bills 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 & Tax Together” program requires one payment for both bills. Both tag renewals and tax payments must be paid in full to renew your vehicle registration.

Vehicle owners with a “9” (for the month of September) sticker on their license tag are due to pay the combined bill in September. 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.

Combined payments will also be due on vehicles purchased on or after Sept. 1 unless the owner elects not to pay the property tax at the point of sale. In this case, the owner will receive a limited registration plate that expires 60 days after the vehicle is titled. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will send a reminder notice to the owner stating the amount of property tax due.

After receiving the entire payment, NCDMV will renew the vehicle registration and forward the property tax portion of  the payment directly to the Rutherford County revenue office.

Owners may pay the combined bill at the license plate agency in Spindale,  online or by mail.

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.

Key facts about the program: 

• The new “Tag and Tax Together” program is for 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.

• The vehicle’s annual registration renewal fees 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.