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GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q.   Where do I mail my tax payment?

A.   Tax payments can be mailed to:   County of Albemarle, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA  22902


Q.   Who do I make my check payable to?

A.   Checks should be made payable to: County of Albemarle


Q.   What are your hours?

A.   Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for County holidays.


Q.   Where are you located?

A.   We are located on the first floor of the Albemarle County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Q.  Can I make partial payments on my personal property or real estate tax bill?

A.  Yes, you can make partial payments however all payments received are applied to the oldest outstanding bill and any amount unpaid the day after the due date is subject to additional penalty and interest.


Q.  Where do I mail Virginia income tax returns and payments?

A.  Virginia income tax returns with payments should be made payable to:

Director of Finance

and mailed to:

Director of Finance
P.O. Box 760
Richmond, VA 23218-0760

Virginia income tax returns requesting refunds should be mailed to:
Director of Finance
P.O. Box 1498
Richmond, VA 23218-1498

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VECHICLE-RELATED QUESTIONS

Q.   I’m new to the County.  Do I need to get a County decal for my vehicle?

A.   No, the County no longer requires a County decal. You should however make sure that you register your vehicle/address change with the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles within 30 days of your move.  Be specific when telling DMV when you moved into Albemarle County.


Q.  What is the “License Tax” on my personal property tax statement?

A.  The vehicle license tax is levied on all motor vehicles, trailers, motorcycles, and campers that are licensed to operating upon the street or highway.  The license tax is billed as a separate item on the Personal Property Tax bill.  It took the place of the county license (decal) fee.  Click here for a list of current license tax amounts. 


Q.  What do I need to do when I have moved from Albemarle County to another Virginia locality?

A.  Update your mailing address and garage jurisdiction with the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles.  This information will be provided to our office by DMV.  Note that some localities in Virginia are non-prorating and will not begin to tax your vehicle until January 1st of the subsequent year you moved.  In that case, your personal property would remain taxable in Albemarle County through December 31st of the year in which you moved. 


Q.  I have moved to another state. How do I update my records with your office regarding personal property taxes for my vehicle?

A.  After you have registered/titled your vehicle in your new state, provide our office a copy of your new state title or registration. This information may be sent via:


Q.  What do I need to do if I have moved into Albemarle County from another Virginia locality? 

A.  Update your mailing address and garage jurisdiction with the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles.  This information will be provided to our office by DMV.  Note that some localities in Virginia are non-prorating which means that you would continue to pay the locality you moved from through the end of the calendar year in which you moved.  Your personal property would become taxable in Albemarle County as of January 1st.  If you acquire property after your move to Albemarle County, that property would be taxable in Albemarle County as of the purchase date.  If the property replaces an item you already had, please contact our office for additional information.


Q.  What do I need to do if I have moved into Albemarle County from another state?

A.  You should first register and title your vehicle with the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles.  A listing of Albemarle County addresses can be accessed here.  Make sure that the DMV properly records your vehicle as being garaged in Albemarle County.  We will receive your vehicle information from the DMV. 


Q.   I am a full-time college student (attending an institution of higher learning) living in Albemarle County.  In what locality should my vehicle(s) be taxed?

A.  Vehicles normally garaged in Albemarle County being used by a full-time student attending an institution of higher learning may be taxed in the student’s home domicile.  If requested by the locality, the owner should provide proof that the vehicle personal property taxes have been paid to the home locality.


Q.  What do I do if I trade or sell a vehicle?

A.  Virginia State law requires that you notify the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as soon as possible when you sell or trade a vehicle.  Personal property tax assessments and potential refunds will be based on the date the sale was recorded by DMV.  DO NOT rely on the purchaser or the dealer to timely notify DMV. 


Q.  What do I do when a vehicle has been junked?

A.   Surrender the title to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if you have it.  If you no longer have the title, notify DMV and tell them that the vehicle has been junked.  Contact the County after you have notified DMV.   Personal property tax assessments and potential refunds will be based on the salvage date recorded by DMV.

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REAL ESTATE-RELATED QUESTIONS

Q.  What if I receive a Real Estate Tax bill without my mortgage company information on it or the bill has the wrong mortgage company listed?

A.  You should contact your mortgage company to ensure that they will make payment on your behalf.  Please note that it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to ensure that the mortgage information on the account is current and correct and to follow up with their mortgage company to ensure that payment is made in a timely manner.


Q.  What do I do if I receive a Real Estate tax bill for property I have sold?

A.  You should forward the tax bill to the new owner or return it to the County of Albemarle Department of Finance as soon as possible.

 

 

DOG LICENSE QUESTIONS

Q.   How and where can I purchase a dog license?

A.   In addition to our office on McIntire Road, dog licenses may be purchased in person at the following locations.  Please note that a copy of the current rabies vacation certificate is required to be presented at the time the license is purchased.  Click here for a listing of dog license fees.

Albemarle-Charlottesville SPCA
3355 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: (434) 973-5959

Scottsville Town Administrator
Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590
Phone: (434) 286-2511

Dog license may also be purchased by mail by sending a copy of the dog’s current rabies vaccination certificate and a check for the appropriate license fee to:  County of Albemarle, Revenue & Taxation, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville VA  22902.  (Make sure that you provide your physical address and contact number.)

 

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