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New North Carolina DMV Tax Estimator Brings Help To Vehicle Owners

RALEIGH, N.C. : June 10, 2013 - Just in time for the mailing of the first combined “Tag & Tax Together” bills on July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners are getting a new tool to help them understand how the new program works.   
The “Vehicle Property Tax Estimator” can be accessed online at https://edmv.ncdot.gov/TaxEstimator and calculates the property tax for individual vehicles based on their identification, age and address.
The estimator is located on the official DMV website and can be easily accessed for use by vehicle owners, car dealers and those registering their vehicles online.
“This new estimator will help owners compute their vehicle property tax prior to the new combined bill arriving,” said DMV Commissioner James L. Forte. “We are excited to have another way to show drivers how the program works.”
The DMV website offers many other informative guides to the “Tag & Tax Together” program. An easy-to-read map of the combined notice is posted on the website, showing where property tax information is listed on the bill and how to find vehicle registration facts. Additionally, frequently-asked questions about the new billing program are posted in English and Spanish.
Vehicle owners can tell if they will be receiving one of the first new bills by checking to see if they have a “9” (for the month of September) sticker on their license tag.
With each passing month, additional vehicle owners will receive the new notice when their renewal is due. By mid-2014, the program should include all North Carolina vehicles.
The new “Tag & Tax Together” program was created by a law passed by the General Assembly in 2005 that makes vehicle property taxes due in full before a vehicle’s registration can be renewed.
The new combined payment program has required the coordinated effort of all 100 county revenue offices, the state Department of Revenue and NCDMV.
Check your mail for something new and make sure your car is road ready. The first combined tag and tax notices will soon arrive in North Carolina mailboxes for bills that are due in July. 
The new bills will reflect both vehicle property tax information from counties and other taxing jurisdictions, as well as vehicle registration and inspection information. Drivers used to pay for tags and taxes separately. The new program, “Tag & Tax Together,” will require one payment for both bills. Both tag renewals and tax payments must be paid in full to renew vehicle registration.
An easy-to-read map of the combined notice posted on the DMV website shows where property tax information is listed and how to find vehicle registration facts.
After receiving your entire payment, NCDMV will renew your vehicle registration and forward the property tax portion of your payment directly to your county revenue office.
Vehicle owners can tell if they will be among the first to receive the new bills by checking to see if they have a “7” (for the month of July) sticker on their license tag.
With each month that passes, additional vehicle owners will receive the new notice when their renewal is due. By mid-2014, the program should include all North Carolina vehicle owners.
The DMV website features frequently-asked questions about the combined billing program and contact information for county revenue offices across the state. A Spanish version of the questions has also been posted. (Vea una version en Español de las preguntas más frecuentes.) DMV has produced a video and a tutorial to help explain the new program.
The result of a law first passed by the General Assembly in 2005, the combination goes into effect this summer following the incorporation of county tax rates into the vehicle registration system. It is designed to provide easy one-time payment of vehicle tags and property taxes across the state.
In addition to the “Tag & Tax Together” information on the website, NCDMV, the N.C. Department of Revenue and North Carolina’s 100 counties are working together to get the word out about the new combined program.
Key facts about the program:
• The new Tag and Tax Together program is for your vehicle property tax only and does not affect your mortgage or home property tax.
• Your vehicle tax will be due at the same time your vehicle registration is due. The due date will be printed on the new renewal notice that you receive in the mail.
•  Your vehicle’s annual registration renewal fees will remain the same. The increase in your bill is from the addition of the vehicle property tax.
•  No owner will have to pay taxes twice in the same tax year for the same vehicle. It is important to look at the vehicle property tax year rather than the calendar year.
By law, the tax year for your vehicle begins the first month after your previous registration expires. While it is possible to pay twice in a calendar year, no vehicle owner will pay twice in the same tax year or for the same 12-month period.
Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation.