Do you know you can appeal personal property assessments based on condition or high mileage and reduce your personal property tax bill?
If you feel your personal property (this includes: cars; trucks; motorcycles; RVs and business use vehicles) has been assessed for more than its fair market value, you may now appeal this assessment. Appeals are conducted by request Monday - Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. by the Personal Property Taxpayers Division at the Commissioner's office. Please park your vehicle near City Hall and visit the Personal Property Division to request an appeal. Please read the following policy:
- An annual physical inspection is necessary if the appeal is based on the condition of the property.
- Any adjustment of the original assessment will consider the overall condition of the property and the allowances provided in the most recent January edition of the pricing guide. For new year model vehicles, the assessment will consider the price indicated on the bill of sale.
- All assessment appeals require an affidavit prescribed by the Commissioner of the Revenue and signed by the taxpayer. A taxpayer's signature must be certified by a Deputy of the Commissioner of the Revenue or acknowledged before a Notary Public. The affidavit must include the specific reason(s) for the appeal of the original assessment. The original document is required (copies are not accepted).
- The Commissioner of the Revenue's office may require any information necessary to collaborate a taxpayer's claim or appeal.
Drive Thru Appeals
||As a convenience to the taxpayer, appeals are conducted in a "Drive-thru Appeals Tent" located in the parking lot across North Landing Road from Courthouse Drive. This annual service is available only after bills are mailed in May, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and on the last Saturday before bills are due in June from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. |
ATTENTION ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL WITH VIRGINIA LICENSE PLATES
If you have a legal state of residence other than Virginia, you must submit a current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) annually to the Commissioner of the Revenue to qualify for your exemption from the Local Vehicle Registration Fee and Personal Property tax. If the active duty military member co-owns a vehicle with his/her spouse or the spouse has a vehicle in his/her name, and does not claim VA as their legal state of residence, they may sign and submit an affidavit for military spouse along with the active duty military member's current LES to qualify for the exemption.
Fax your LES to (757) 427-1802.
Please include a daytime telephone number and your driver's license number.
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.