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Ad Valorem Tax Fees Change in 2013

The Georgia General Assembly passed a tax reform bill that will change how and when you pay your ad valorem tax on your vehicle.

The good news is the "birthday tax" we've all been paying when we renew our car tags has been eliminated - well, sort of. It only affects vehicles purchased after March 1, 2013.

During this year's legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed a tax reform bill that removes the sales tax and ad valorem tax on newly-purchased vehicles.

However, there are new taxes to pay - after March 1, 2013 a new title ad valorem tax fee of 6.5 percent in 2013 and 6.75 percent in 2014 will be added (for vehicles purchased after the first day of March next year).

The new law affects both brand new vehicles and previously-owned vehicles because the tax isn't paid annually only when a vehicle is purchased.

The Gwinnett Tax Commissioner's office offers some additional points to help clarify the new tax law.

  • If you purchase a vehicle on or after March 1, 2013 you will pay the new title tax to the tag agent in the county where you register your vehicle. You pay the tax when you apply for the title and register the vehicle.
  • The new title tax is not due every year but each time the vehicle is sold and titled. This applies to dealer sales as well as sales between individuals.
  • You will continue to pay the annual ad valorem tax on any vehicle(s) you currently own.
  • If you purchase a vehicle between Jan. 1, 2012 and 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 Dec. 31, 2013 to opt into the new program.
  • All other existing annual registration requirements, including annual tax renewal fees, decals, and emmission tests (if applicable). remain in effect for all vehicle owners. (Source: Tax & Tag News)

Got questions? Visit the Gwinnett Tax Commissioner's website, or contact the Department of Motor Vehicles at tag@gwinnettcounty.com or 770-822-8818.

Becki Jo January 24, 2013 at 04:12 AM
This new law is to designed for the buyer to actually pay less,,,Google it and see. There are several examples there to show you.
Scotty Q February 04, 2013 at 07:17 PM
In Georgia you will pay 6.5% tax on the value of your car, the same car, year after year. Time to move to Florida where the homes are selling cheaply, the weather is better, there is no state income tax, and you register your car for between $35 and $100 every year.
Scotty Q February 04, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Perhaps this is true - but I followed the link the GA Dept of Revenue provided in the written notice to me and it took me to a web site where I had to plug in all sorts of details to see if I qualified for a refund. I clicked calculate and it reset the page! SO I did it again and it still did not work. My gut feeling is that the state is NOT giving anyone a break here. In the end we'll all end up paying more.
Hubert Welborn February 15, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Hubert Why don't the local tax offices know anything about opting in on this deal. I asked my local office (Houston County) and they claimed they knew nothing about this and we would have to wait until March 1st to find out. I bought a new car in February 2012 and then traded it in on a newer car (2013) in January 2013. I paid sales tax on both cars. Do I get in on the new ad valorem deal for nothing since I paid all that amount on sales tax plus ad valorem tax on the 2012 in April 2012? This is so confusing, it is disgusting. If anyone actually knows the answer, please email me at: hwellborn@bellsouth.net. Thanks a lot.
Tamika March 01, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Therefore alot of people will not be buying cars. Who they think makes that much freaking money. If you only have say $1000 to put down on a car now with this new stupid law, you have to have $1650 on a car that cost $10,000...what the fudge..I guess after my car, I will be on a bike......

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