Snitches get stitches – well, not in Fairfax County that is. Along with the county’s movement to get out-of-state tax evaders – those who register their vehicles out of state while actually residing in Fairfax County – the county is getting the people to do the dirty work. Called the “Target Program,” Fairfax has enabled an online form to submit suspected tax evading drivers. It’s estimated that in the county alone, there’s $2 million dollars worth of unpaid taxes from driver’s who game the system by registering their vehicles out of state to pay fewer to no property taxes on their automobiles. That’s an estimated 1,800 vehicles not paying Uncle Sam in Fairfax.
From the Fairfax County Government website:
“Most of you know you need to register your vehicles with Fairfax County AND the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. And most of you do, which leads to your car tax bill every year (friendly reminder: it’s due Oct. 5!). However, not everyone registers their new vehicles, especially some people who have moved here from another state or purchased their vehicle elsewhere. The “Target Program” allows you to send tips on vehicles with out of state plates that may be not be registered in Fairfax County.
“This program provides Fairfax County residents a way to communicate with the tax office in reporting vehicles that may be evading personal property taxes,” says Juan Rengel from the Department of Tax Administration. “This is an effective way to participate in ensuring everyone living in Fairfax County pays their fair share.”
Drivers are on both sides of the fence on this one. While registering an exotic out of state has been common practice noticed at many of the car meets and shows in the area, it’s easy to see why people may be upset.
Before you military folks get up-in-arms, it’s mentioned that there are some vehicles whose registration is allowed to remain out-of-state with the taxes applicable to their situations.
“Fairfax County’s location near Washington, D.C., military bases, universities and corporate world headquarters draws people from all over the world who make the county their home, either on a temporary or permanent basis. The perception may be that if a vehicle has out-of-state license plates, then the owner is not registering their vehicles. However, some vehicle owners with non-Virginia platesmay not be required to register:
- Military personnel temporarily living in Fairfax County due to military order and their permanent residence is elsewhere
- Full-time college students
- People visiting family members
- Vehicles with government license plates”
The report will require the year, make, and model of the vehicle as well as the location where the vehicle was when the report was filed along with the license plate number. Once reported, the status of the vehicle will register 1 of the possible 8 outcomes:
- Pending/Under Investigation
- Already Assessed
- Added to Tax File
- Registered in Another Virginia Jurisdiction
- Plate Not Found in DMV
- Tax Liability Not Substantiated
- Rental Vehicle
- No Owner Information