Fairfax County car tax is due Friday, Oct. 5

tax departmentDepartment of Tax Administration counter staff (Fairfax County photo)

With the possible exception of I-66 tolls, the Fairfax County property tax on cars is perhaps the most loathed tax in these parts. Car owners pay anywhere from a few to thousands of dollars, depending on the age and book value of their car or truck. Businesses pay an even steeper tax.

For reasons perhaps best not explored, the tax applies only in Northern Virginia, where residents also pay some of the highest property taxes in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as the usual array of gas taxes, license plate fees, etc.

For those who have not opened their mail recently, take note: payment is due Friday, Oct. 5. The country mailed out more than 800,000 annual bills this summer and now eagerly watches the mail for incoming checks.

The county says taxpayers with questions can call the Department of Tax Administration. The hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 703-222-8234 (TTY 711), or send an email. You can also find the info on the MyFairfax web portal. Log into MyFairfax



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