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Fairfax County Asks for Residents’ Help in IDing Car Tax Evaders

by Karen Goff August 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm 11 Comments

Tax Evaders online form/Credit: Fairfax County

Fairfax County is missing out on about $2 million in payments from residents who try and skip out on paying annual car taxes.

That’s why the county is calling attention to its “Target Program” for residents to alert county officials to possible evaders, mostly residents who move here from other states and fail to register their cars locally.

“This program provides Fairfax County residents a way to communicate with the tax office in reporting vehicles that may be evading personal property taxes,” says Juan Rengel of the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration. “This is an effective way to participate in ensuring everyone living in Fairfax County pays their fair share.”

Fairfax County recently mailed more than 900,000 car tax bills to residents. Payments are due Oct. 5.

Officials say that more than 1,800 previously unregistered vehicles were added to car tax records, which will yield more than $2 million in tax revenue to support the county budget. The state with the most cars added to the Virginia rolls: Maryland, with 742. Florida was second (161), followed by DC (123).

However, just because a car does not have Virginia plates, it does not mean it is in violation. Fairfax County’s location near Washington, D.C., military bases, universities and corporate world headquarters draws people from all over the world who are in Fairfax County on a temporary or permanent basis.

Some vehicle owners with non-Virginia plates may not be required to register. Among them:

  • Military personnel temporarily living in Fairfax County due to military order and their permanent residence is elsewhere
  • Full-time college students
  • People visiting family members
  • Diplomats
  • Vehicles with government license plates

But if you think someone is in violation, visit the Tax Evaders link on the county website. You will be asked to fill out an (anonymous) form. County staff will then investigate. If a vehicle should be registered in the county, then the owner will receive a tax bill, which will also include penalties, interest and the “No Plate Tax.

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  • Chuck Morningwood

    They’re not serious. A lady on our street has out-of-state plates. In spite of the fact that the car has been on the lot for a couple of years and is solely used by the lady, they won’t force her to change plates because her out-of-state parents own the car.

    • Greg

      Plates and taxes are different. If the car is “garaged” in Fairfax County, regardless of who owns it and where it’s licensed and registered, and but for the few exceptions, the tax is due.

      Seems to me the lady should be paying car tax.

  • John Higgins

    Report it, Chuck. The test for taxation and licensing is where the car is regularily garaged, not the residence of the owner.

    • Chuck Morningwood

      It’s been reported by others, and I’ve verified on the website that Fairfax County is going to do anything about it.

      • Greg

        Then I would report it to Hudgins’ office and ask why nothing is being done.

    • LesAnn620

      I’ve reported a car in my parking lot too, and nothing was ever done about it. The person has lived in my neighborhood for at least two years and I finally got fed up and reported him when he was stealing other people’s shoveled out parking spots this past winter (including that of one of my elderly neighbors). But, alas, dude still has his out of state plates and the county doesn’t seem to care.

  • meh

    Unless they are throwing me some money, I ain’t no snitch. Now if you grease my palms a few bucks, I’ll go driving around town ratting everyone out

  • Southie

    Does this apply to ‘junk’ cars left in driveways? A neighbor contacted RA, but RA won’t do anything about them, even though one house has three junk cars sitting in their drive, in view of the street.

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