New Motor Vehicle Title Tax Effective March 1, 2013 (HB386 Title Ad Valorem Tax - TAVT)
Effective March 1, 2013, House Bill 386 removes the sales tax and the annual ad
valorem tax on newly-purchased vehicles. It replaces these taxes with a new title
tax of 6.5% in 2013 and 6.75% in 2014. Here’s what you need to know:
- If you purchase a vehicle on or after March 1, 2013, you will pay the new title
tax when you apply for the title and register the vehicle.
- The new title tax is not due every year but is due each time the vehicle is sold
and titled. It applies to dealer sales as well as sales between individuals.
- The new title tax is based on a percentage (6.5% in 2013) of the fair market value,
not the sales price, of the vehicle as determined by the Georgia Department of Revenue.
- You will continue to pay the annual ad valorem tax on vehicle(s) that you currently
- If you purchase a vehicle in Georgia between January 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013
( March 1, 2013 when the new program begins), you have the option of paying the
new title tax instead of the current annual ad valorem tax. You have from March
1, 2013 until December 31, 2013, to opt into the new program. Note: vehicles purchased
out-of-state are not eligible to opt in.
- All other existing annual vehicle registration requirements, including annual tag
renewal fees, decals and emission tests (if applicable), remain in effect for all
For a link to the Georgia Department of Revenue’s FAQs, please click here:http://onlinemvd.dor.ga.gov/TAP/faqs.aspx.
For a link to the Georgia Department of Revenue’s TAVT calculator, please click here: http://onlinemvd.dor.ga.gov/Tap/welcome.aspx.
Holiday Schedule Click HERE to view the Newton County holiday schedule.
The Tax Commissioner’s Office will be closed on the dates observed as listed in this
schedule. (Adobe Reader is required to view this schedule; click here to download Adobe Reader.)
Homeowner's Tax Relief Credit (HTRC) Suspended for 2009 The HTRC
is the result of the homeowner's tax relief enacted by the Governor and the General
Assembly of the State of Georgia in 1999. The grant, appropriated by the General
Assembly and the Governor for the last several years to counties, cities and schools,
had given tax relief to homeowners in the form of a credit on their tax bills. For
the 2009 tax year, the Governor and General Assembly did not fund the Homeowners
Tax Relief Grant. Declining state revenues during the current recession
means there is no money for the State to give the tax relief to homeowners. Therefore,
there will not be a credit for this grant on 2009 tax bills on properties with homestead
exemption. As a result, many Georgia homeowners will see a property tax increase
of $200 to $300 on their 2009 tax bills.
Now Accepting Credit Cards Across the Counter Effective December
1, 2008, we are accepting Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover in the
walk-in services at the workstations. Please note that there is a 2.5% convenience
fee for credit card payments and a $2.00 fee for debit cards.
Out-of State Vehicle Purchase Beginning January 1, 2006, Georgia
Sales Tax must be paid on all vehicles purchased outside the State of Georgia prior
to registration of the vehicle.
Handicap Placards The Tax Commissioner issues handicap mirror
hangers. The applications for these hangers are available in our office.
Renew Vehicle Registration Online You may now renew your registration
over the Internet anytime 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at: https://mvd.dor.ga.gov/tags/index.aspx.