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Arlington Personal Property Tax – car worth more from year to year?!
  • megz August 13, 2012 - 3:09 pm #59068 Reply

    So I just received my bill for Arlington's Automotive Personal Property tax for the year and I owe even more money than I did last year.  Apparently, my vehicle is assessed to be worth more this year than last year!  Granted the car is fairly new (2010) but has anyone else had that happen??  Is there a way to fight it by pointing out the NADA assessed value?

    JamesE August 13, 2012 - 3:15 pm #59069 Reply

    Mine is a 2009 and it decreased in value as expected, tax went down exactly $100.

    Bluemontsince1961 August 13, 2012 - 3:18 pm #59070 Reply

    My car is a 2005 and my car property tax has gone down each year.

    newty25 August 13, 2012 - 4:04 pm #59071 Reply

    megz said:

    So I just received my bill for Arlington's Automotive Personal Property tax for the year and I owe even more money than I did last year.  Apparently, my vehicle is assessed to be worth more this year than last year!  Granted the car is fairly new (2010) but has anyone else had that happen??  Is there a way to fight it by pointing out the NADA assessed value?

    I noticed this as well.  In fact, it went up by about $150.  Very odd indeed.

    Captain_Obvious August 13, 2012 - 4:07 pm #59072 Reply

    newty25 said:

    megz said:

    So I just received my bill for Arlington's Automotive Personal Property tax for the year and I owe even more money than I did last year.  Apparently, my vehicle is assessed to be worth more this year than last year!  Granted the car is fairly new (2010) but has anyone else had that happen??  Is there a way to fight it by pointing out the NADA assessed value?

    I noticed this as well.  In fact, it went up by about $150.  Very odd indeed.

    They are probably factoring in all your dog's refrigerator art.

    newty25 August 13, 2012 - 4:12 pm #59073 Reply

    Captain_Obvious said:

    newty25 said:

    They are probably factoring in all your dog's refrigerator art.

    Could be.  I've been selling it under the table for quite a while.

    CourtLady August 13, 2012 - 4:36 pm #59074 Reply

    megz said:

    So I just received my bill for Arlington's Automotive Personal Property tax for the year and I owe even more money than I did last year.  Apparently, my vehicle is assessed to be worth more this year than last year!  Granted the car is fairly new (2010) but has anyone else had that happen??  Is there a way to fight it by pointing out the NADA assessed value?

    I think it is worth a phone call.  I've lived in Arlington for close to 9 years and never had my payment increase.  The only thing I can think of, is if your car is assessed at over 20k you don't receive a subsidy for the portion over 20k of value.  If the tax rate increased from last year to this year, you could be paying more if the car is valued over 20k.  However, if they increased the assessed value of the car, I would call, as your car never increases in value. 

    redstang423 August 13, 2012 - 4:45 pm #59075 Reply

    That's really strange. The tax rate remained the same, but I can't tell if the subsidy changed. It looks like the 3k-20k subsidy may have gone down slightly, but I just can't remember. That still wouldn't explain why the assessed value would possibly go up. The worst I ever had was being charged at full value over the course of two years since I purchased a 2008 model year in mid-2007 (they charged it as a new car for both years), but it never went up. Definitely worth a call. According to Arlington's website, “The Arlington County Commissioner of Revenue bases the assessment on values in recognized vehicle pricing guides, such as the N.A.D.A. Used Car Guide.”

    PL25rd August 13, 2012 - 4:48 pm #59076 Reply

    Just out of curiousity, do you have a Honda?  I haven't done a year-over-year comparison yet, but if my memory serves me correctly, I may be in the same boat!  I have a 2010 Honda Accord, and I got my tax bill last Friday.  Time to go through the file cabinet to find last year's car tax bill!

    megz August 13, 2012 - 5:00 pm #59077 Reply

    PL25rd said:

    Just out of curiousity, do you have a Honda?  I haven’t done a year-over-year comparison yet, but if my memory serves me correctly, I may be in the same boat!  I have a 2010 Honda Accord, and I got my tax bill last Friday.  Time to go through the file cabinet to find last year’s car tax bill!

    I have a Subaru and the year I bought it, it was a little over 17k.  Last year it went down to 14,275 which made sense.  This year it's 14,475.  It's not a huge increase but I thought it was really strange to increase over the year…

    newty25 August 13, 2012 - 5:11 pm #59078 Reply

    megz said:

    I have a Subaru and the year I bought it, it was a little over 17k.  Last year it went down to 14,275 which made sense.  This year it's 14,475.  It's not a huge increase but I thought it was really strange to increase over the year…

    Have you actually received a bill in the mail?  I logged into CAPP and checked mine this morning. 

    Tabby_TwoTone August 13, 2012 - 6:35 pm #59079 Reply

    It may be a bit of a “hangover” from the post-tsunami increase in the market prices for used Japanese cars and their parts. 

    Swag August 13, 2012 - 7:16 pm #59080 Reply

    My assessed value went down $150 to $1,100 (which is more than double what my pos car is actually worth)

    autoexecbat August 14, 2012 - 9:12 am #59081 Reply

    Mine went up about $25 total for two cars – a 2009 Hyundai and a 2010 Toyota. The Japanese tsunami might be a mitigating factor but enough to more than offset a year's worth of depreciation? Color me skeptical. Not going to fight city hall on this one, however.

    JamesE August 14, 2012 - 9:22 am #59082 Reply

    Swag said:

    My assessed value went down $150 to $1,100 (which is more than double what my pos car is actually worth)

    Do they even tax you on that amount?

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