The vehicle personal property tax year is from January 1 to December 31. Vehicles are assessed based on the number of months they have a taxable status in Arlington.
- A period of half a month or more is considered a full month.
- If your vehicle is not registered in another jurisdiction, it is considered to be temporarily absent from Arlington so the Arlington tax will not be prorated.
- If the vehicle is moved to a non-prorating Virginia locality, you will still owe taxes to Arlington for the full year.
- You should check your bill to ensure the Treasurer’s Office has billed you for the correct time period. If you were incorrectly billed, email the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office or call 703-228-3135.
Reporting a Change in Vehicle Status
Once the status of any of your vehicles changes, notify the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office as soon as possible. To make vehicle updates, you can:
- Log into your (or sign up for a) CAPP account
- Visit the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office (2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 218) Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please Note: our DMV Select, which works out of the same office, is open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.
If you wait more than 30 days to notify the Commissioner of your vehicle disposal, you must contact the DMV to be certain that the Commonwealth has a record of the vehicle’s disposal. After 30 days, a bill of sale or insurance policy providing the vehicle’s disposal date may need to be provided as documentary evidence of your vehicle’s disposition.
Moved Within or Out of Virginia
- If you wait more than 30 days to notify the Commissioner, and have moved within Virginia, you must provide your new address, your move date, and a filing receipt or paid tax receipt from your new taxing locality.
- If you have moved out of Virginia, you must provide a copy of your new state vehicle registration in order to adjust your account.
Early Billing for Vehicle Personal Property that is Sold, Disposed of or Moved from Arlington County
In April 2018, the Arlington County Board revised ordiance (§27.11.1) of the Arlington County code relating to the billing of personal property for motor vehicles, trailers, semitrailers, and boats with situs in Arlington County.
Effective January 2019, personal property taxes for vehicles that are moved, disposed of or sold during the first half of the year (through June 30th), will be assessed by the Commissioner of Revenue and vehicle owners will receive a final personal property tax bill from the Treasurer for the tax amount plus the local motor vehicle license fee (as applicable) which will be payable within thirty (30) days of billing. The tax amount is prorated based on the number of months the vehicle had taxable status in Arlington County. The total tax amount due is calculated using the Tax Rate (set by the County Board) and the State Tax Subsidy (PPTRA) amount from the previous tax year. If there are any changes to these amounts for the current tax year, the account will be adjusted appropriately.
Prior to 2019, when a vehicle owner had sold their vehicle or moved from Arlington months earlier, there was confusion when they received a tax bill from Arlington for the vehicle which would be due by the October 5th. This new practice of “Early Billing” was undertaken so that bills could be provided to customers who disposed a vehicle or moved from Arlington in the first half of the year, instead of waiting until the usual billing in August for the October 5th tax deadline. By billing the tax bill closer to the time to when the vehicle is sold, disposed or moved, the potential for confusion is reduced.