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NC drivers will soon pay registration, property taxes together

Posted February 5, 2013
Updated February 6, 2013

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— North Carolina drivers can soon expect a big change in how they register their vehicles and pay taxes on them.

Beginning in May for bills due in July, the state Division of Motor Vehicles will begin sending combined notices that include both vehicle registration fees and property taxes, which must be paid at the same time.

Currently, the DMV sends out a bill for drivers to pay their registration fee. A few months later, drivers receive a tax bill from the county.

"It's a collection-related issue, fundamentally," Wake County Revenue Director Marcus Kinrade said Tuesday. "Registered motor vehicle collections always lag real property collections."

Kinrade says 35 percent of drivers in Wake County, for example, aren't paying their vehicle property tax before interest, but those vehicles are still properly registered.

Under the new tag and tax system, vehicle owners will pay only the DMV, which will then distribute the appropriate amount to counties.

The change is the result of legislation approved in the General Assembly in 2005. It took years, however, to get the system implemented in every North Carolina county.

"This will be a challenging transition, but I think it will be a good system, a better process," Kinrade said.

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  • chuck1947 Feb 13, 9:07 a.m.

    I'm all for anything that will make it more difficult for some to not even pay the little bit of tax on a ten or fifteen year old car. Now if they would just do away with 6 month insurance policies, I could drop the uninsured motorist protection on my auto insurance.

  • beef Feb 11, 8:14 a.m.

    As long as I can still do it online it's OK with me.

  • Minarchist Feb 7, 3:13 p.m.

    Call me naive if you like but this sounds like it will be one less bill I have to respond to. That seems good to me. Whether I pay it now or in 3 months is irrelevant in the long run. Thus, simpler is better... to me.
    Whatdaheck
    February 7, 2013 12:49 p.m.
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    Thank you. People at like they are paying more or having to pay earlier or whatever they think. If this is a burden you CANNOT afford you car.

  • Minarchist Feb 7, 3:12 p.m.

    well said paddie...I don't like the idea of have a larger single payment, maybe it will help some people...it won't help me.
    stagemanageralan
    February 7, 2013 2:20 p.m.
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    SAVE your money. You get LONGER to pay!!! LOL how do people make it through a day???

  • SMAPAEA Feb 7, 2:20 p.m.

    well said paddie...I don't like the idea of have a larger single payment, maybe it will help some people...it won't help me.

  • Whatdaheck Feb 7, 12:49 p.m.

    Call me naive if you like but this sounds like it will be one less bill I have to respond to. That seems good to me. Whether I pay it now or in 3 months is irrelevant in the long run. Thus, simpler is better... to me.

  • southerntalent Feb 7, 11:59 a.m.

    one of the main reasons is because dmv has people in daily if you have even been in line to renew tags who did not pay their prop tax on the vehicle,they have to go to dept of rev pay the bill then return to dmv to renew their tags after it is paid causing headaches for the dmv folks.It also happens to dealers when folks transfer their tags and have not paid property tax,the dealer has to call and get them to go pay their tax and get a reciept before they can get their tags due to the tax stop on them.

  • superman Feb 7, 10:14 a.m.

    Guess you never paid for your tag on line. It asks you the county in which the car is registered. It will be mixed up if you dont know or give them the wrong info. I like the idea. We have 3 cars. That means I write 3 checks for the tags and then another 3 for the taxes. It will be more convenient for me. Six pieces of paper. That is one about every two months.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 6, 7:17 p.m.

    Road-wearier - "DMV handling my automobile property taxes? What could possibly go wrong?"

    ROFLOL LOL LOL

    Exactly!!!

    Didn't the state just make a multi-million dollar mistake on Medicare or Medicaid?

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 6, 7:15 p.m.

    djofraleigh - "...it is harder for the poor guy when he buys a car, having to come up with the cost of the car, the 30+ for tags, insurance, $75 for title, and now the $10 or $20 for property tax."

    Hi DJ - Some dealerships will add those things to the financing of the car, or will give a temporary tag and (I think) 30 days to come up with some of it.

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