Commissioner of Revenue

Vehicle Personal Property Tax

 

Overview

The Vehicle Personal Property Tax Division in the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office is responsible for the assessment of all vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, boats, aircraft and motor homes) that are located in Arlington County. The authority to levy this tax is in accordance with the Code of Virginia and local ordinances. Under the Code of Virginia, the Commissioner of Revenue has the duty of assessing personal property at fair market value in a fair and equitable method for taxing purposes. The tax is assessed based on the value of the motor vehicle. The Commissioner uses one of the lowest values in the National Automobile Dealer's Association Used Car Guide as the basis for vehicle assessments. 

2013 CAR TAX - MOVED? SOLD YOUR CAR? - Is Your Vehicle Information Up To Date? 

The 2013 Vehicle Personal Property Tax bills will go into the mail in early August. If you have moved, or if the status of any of your vehicles has changed (sold, donated, etc), and you have not yet reported it, please do so now,so that your tax bill will be correct. To report changes to our office, please do one of the following:

Log into your Customer Assessment and Payment Portal (CAPP) account and take care of everything online.

If you do not already have a CAPP account, go to https://capp.arlingtonva.us, register for CAPP, and take care of everything online.

Phone our office at 703-228-3135 to report any changes to a tax assessor.

E-mail changes to us at vehicle@arlingtonva.us .

Visit us at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 218, to report any changes. Our office is open 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday

2013 VEHICLE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX formulas have been established:

The 2013 tax rate is $5.00 per $100 of assessed value. Vehicles are assessed for the number of months they are located in Arlington County.

For 2013, qualifying conventional fuel vehicles will receive 100% tax relief on the first $3,000 of the vehicle's value and 27% tax relief on the next $17,000 of the vehicle's value, from $3,001 - $20,000. The portion of a qualifying vehicle’s assessed value over $20,000 is not tax exempt.

For 2013, qualifying vehicles specially adapted to transport individuals with disabilities will receive tax relief in the following way: The first $3,000 in annual assessed value is fully subsidized by the State; the next $17,000 in annual assessed value, from $3,001 - $20,000, is subsidized at 50%; annual assessed value above $20,000 is not subsidized.

Whether a vehicle qualifies for this tax relief will be determined by the Commissioner of Revenue and her staff based on the following criteria:

  • The vehicle must be a passenger car, motorcycle, pickup truck, or panel truck
  • The vehicle must have a registered gross weight of less than 7,501 pounds
  • The vehicle must be owned by an individual, or leased by an individual under a contract requiring the individual to pay the tax
  • The vehicle must be used no more than 50% of the time for business purposes
  • The vehicle must be specially equipped and/or modified to provide transportation for physically disabled individuals

For 2013, qualifying clean fuel vehicles will receive 100% tax relief on the first $3,000 of the vehicle's value and 50% tax relief on the next $17,000 of the vehicle's value, from $3,001 - $20,000. The portion of a qualifying vehicle’s assessed value over $20,000 is not tax exempt.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact our office at 703-228-3135 or by e-mail .

What is the Customer Assessment and Payment Portal (CAPP)?

The Customer Assessment and Payment Portal (CAPP) is a new portal website that allows all Arlington taxpayers to file, pay, and monitor their accounts.  Businesses and citizens will have full access to view the status of all their accounts, perform routine transactions, update account information, and review account history – all at the citizen’s own convenience, online, in a secure environment.

Need to pay your tax bills, your utility bill, a parking ticket?        Do it through your CAPP account. 

Bought a car, sold a car, have a new email address?        Handle it all through your CAPP account. 

Want to sign up for Billpayer Notification Service or the Automated Bank Debit Program?        Available through your CAPP account. 

Want to review your Arlington tax assessment or payment history?        It’s there in your CAPP account. 

Need to file your business account returns or review information with your accountant?        Yep! Do it through your CAPP account. 

Register now by visiting https://capp.arlingtonva.us – it’s convenient and secure

Brought to you by the Arlington County Commissioner of Revenue, the Arlington County Treasurer and the Arlington County Department of Technology Services

Services Offered: Vehicle registration, vehicle status modifications, tax adjustments, address updates, and Virginia Vehicle Personal Property Relief Qualification. The division also offers limited services as a DMV Select office.

The Personal Property Tax Division is dedicated to offering the citizens of Arlington County, professional, accurate and timely service from all of its service areas. The division offers multiple channels of service:

  • Call Center: 703-228-3135
  • Service Counter:
    Commissioner of Revenue
    Vehicle Personal Property Tax Division
    2100 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 218
    Arlington, VA 22201
  • Email: e-mail
  • Online Vehicle Registration:  https://capp.arlingtonva.us/
  • Fax: 703-228-7581
  • DMV Select: 804-497-7100

The division attempts to utilize the utmost accurate, fair and equitable sources of information to conduct a multitude and complex series of transactions.


Last Modified: August 28, 2013
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611