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Posted on: September 14, 2022

Personal Property Tax Due October 5; Rate Temporarily Lowered

Stock photo of the trunks of several vehicles.

How to Pay Your Personal Property "Car Tax" Bill

The tax is due Wednesday, October 5 and can be paid in a number of ways:

  1. Pay online at www.fallschurchva.gov/Payments
  2. Mail to the City of Falls Church Treasurer, City Hall, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046
  3. Place in the yellow drop box outside the City Hall main entrance; please include payment and the bill stub.

Why Your Bill May Be Higher This Year

Vehicle owners in the City of Falls Church will likely see an increase in the Personal Property Tax (also known as the Car Tax) when bills are delivered to mailboxes this week. In April, City Council approved a 14 percent temporary decrease in the personal property tax rate to help with the expected increase. The rate for this year is $4.30 per $100 of assessed value (down from $5.00).

“This nationwide increase in new and used vehicle values is caused by a combination of factors,” said City of Falls Church Chief Financial Officer Kiran Bawa. “There is a high demand for used vehicles, low inventory of used vehicles, and supply chain issues caused by the pandemic that creates a low inventory issue for new vehicles.”

The decrease in the rate will not cancel out the total increase in all vehicle values. The increase varies widely from year, make, model, and type of vehicle. This year about 85 percent of vehicles owned by City residents increased in value, compared to 15 percent of vehicles increasing in value last year.

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