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County personal property tax bills mailed out; payment due by Dec. 5

The 2012 Halifax County personal property tax bills were mailed out last week, according to Halifax County Treasurer Linda Foster.  

On qualified personal vehicles with values up to $20,000, a local ordinance tax credit of 30 percent has been taken off the bill, the treasurer said.

Foster explained state law allows a percentage level anticipated to exhaust Personal Property Tax Relief Act relief funds provided to Halifax County by the state. Gross weight of these qualified vehicles must be less than 7,501 pounds.  

The tax bill shows the net amount of the vehicle tax plus any decal fee charged, Foster said.  County decal information is taken from either a personal property tax listing or from the DMV files. 

Taxpayers with questions concerning the values or qualifications of vehicles assessed are asked to call 434-476-3314.  

Personal property values are assessed by ownership or title as of Jan. 1, 2012.   Foster asks taxpayers to review their bills carefully to insure that all vehicles and decal fees are properly assessed in the titled names.

Also this year by local ordinance, the county is assessing a $48 solid waste disposal fee on each household, Foster said. This fee is included on the personal property tax, but only one $48 fee is being charged per household.

Taxpayers are asked to call 476-3314 if they have any questions concerning this fee. 

Detach all bill coupons and mail or bring coupons to insure all payments are made properly, the treasurer said.

The deadline for payment of local taxes, which will include the second installment real estate tax, is Wednesday, Dec. 5.   No additional bill on 2012 real estate will be mailed, Foster said. 

A postmark date of Dec. 5 will be accepted.  A 10 percent penalty will be added to all unpaid tax amounts as of Dec. 6, and a 10 percent per annum will be added for interest due.

Taxpayers are asked to call 434-476-3318 if they did not receive a personal property bill, especially those who have moved to a new address since Jan. 1.  New landowners that have acquired land since Jan. 1 need to call if they did not receive an earlier bill, she said.

Local ordinance requires the tax relief exemption for qualified elderly and disabled persons be applied only if taxes are paid up to date as of the current deadline on real estate and mobile homes.  

Any taxpayer who thinks they may qualify for this exemption for the coming tax year of 2013 are asked to call 434-476-3314 for an application for next year.  No exemption is given on vehicles.

Taxpayers have the option of paying their county taxes by mail, or over the counter using check, cash or a major credit/debit card.  Taxpayers also can visit and are asked to use a year, ticket number, category of tax, either real estate or personal property and all credit/debit card information.  WebFeePay charges a nominal fee if a card is used.

The county treasurer’s office is located in the Mary Bethune Office Complex at 1030 Cowford Road, Halifax and is open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

Call the treasurer’s office at 434-476-3318.