Fairfax Car Tax Due Oct. 5

logoOct. 5 is the deadline to pay the 2011 Personal Property (car) Tax. Fairfax County provides residents with several convenient payment options that can save time and gas. These include paying online; cash payments at Shoppers Food locations; or paying by mail.

There are extended tax payment hours at the Fairfax County Government Center, Suite 223:

  • Sept. 26-30, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Special Saturday hours, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Oct. 3-5, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tax payments can be made:

Online – Visit the Department of Tax Administration and pay by check or credit card. A processing fee is charged on credit card payments by the credit card third party processor; however, payment by check is free.

Shoppers Food and other Global Express retail locations – Bring cash payment and bill to pay at the customer service desk at Shoppers Food stores in Virginia. For additional Global Express locations, call 1-800-989-6669, option 3, then option 4. Only cash payments are accepted, and there is a $1.25 service fee by Global Express.

At banks – Pay by check or cash (credit cards not accepted) at Fairfax County branches of Bank of America, SunTrust and Wachovia/Wells Fargo (cash accepted from Wachovia/Wells Fargo customers only). Residents must bring their bill and pay the exact amount billed.

Credit card by phone – Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • VISA, MasterCard and American Express, call 703-222-6740,TTY 711. (A processing fee is charged by the credit card third party processor).
  • Discover, call 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594. (with a graduated service charge)

By mail – Payments must be postmarked before or on Oct. 5. Send bill and checks only (no cash) payable to the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration. Mail to: DTA, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA 22035.

In person – Pay by check, cash, credit card or debit card at the Fairfax County Government Center, Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax. (Credit card companies charge a service fee.)

Personal property includes automobiles, trucks, motor homes, motorcycles, trailers, campers, boats, outboard motors, planes and business property.

Late Payment Notice:

There is a 10 percent penalty plus interest for late personal property tax payments, and a 25 percent penalty for payments more than 30 days past due. Late payments are subject to multiple collection actions and additional fees.


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