- Why did my tax increase?
- How was the rebate calculated?
- What does the rebate mean for me and how do I get mine?
- When will the December bills be mailed?
- Why am I not getting a rebate?
- Will I get a rebate next year?
- What vehicles qualify for the rebate?
Why did my tax increase?
Your tax went up because the value of your vehicle increased in 2022 and the personal property tax relief percentage from the State decreased (due to both values and an increase in vehicles). The value increases for all makes and models are a direct result of short supply and high demand issues in the automotive industry across the state and country. Virginia Code requires that all personal property assessments use a recognized pricing guide** and York County uses the clean loan value listed with no additions for condition, mileage or extra options.
**York County uses the ‘NADA Official Used Car Guide’ or ‘NADA Official Older Used Car Guide’ from J. D. Power using 100% of the ‘clean loan value’ for your vehicle.
How was the rebate calculated?
We used a formula that included both an amount for the increase in value plus the decrease in the personal property tax relief percentage from the State. Presentations on the process from the August 2 and Aug 16 Board of Supervisors meeting are available here:
What does the rebate mean for me and how do I get mine?
The Board of Supervisors approved a rebate of the personal property tax based on the unbudgeted revenue that came from the unexpected increase in qualifying vehicle values. The rebates are calculated to closely align with the amount of increase you experienced on the first half 2022 tax bill. The rebates were applied to those who were assessed personal property tax in June of 2022. If you receive a rebate, it will be posted a credit on your December bill**
If you prepaid taxes for the full year or a credit exists on your account that is over $5.00, a check will be sent within 90-120 days of the due date.
**Any rebate credits will be applied first to delinquent taxes, penalties, and interest. Cars assessed after June 30, 2022 will not receive rebates.
When will the December bills be mailed?
The bills will go out in mid to late October and any balance will be due on Dec 5. To receive notice when bills are mailed and available online, please sign up for notifications from the Treasurer’s Office.
Why am I not getting a rebate?
The rebate is calculated from the unexpected increase in car values and subsequent higher tax bills. Those car owners that saw the largest increases are getting the largest rebates. It is not a “universal” discount, it is a rebate of increased tax obligation from December 2021 to June 2022. The calculation attempts to mirror the increase in your tax bill from December 2021 to June 2022.
Cars assessed after June 30, 2022 will not receive rebates.
Will I get a rebate next year?
The circumstances leading to the increase in assessments are unusual and we do not know if they will continue into 2023. However, the Board of Supervisors is aware of the possibility that vehicle values could remain high, and staff is working on plans to address any increase in values during the FY24 budget process. You may also hear the County Administrator’s comments on this topic during the August 16 BOS meeting:
What vehicles qualify for the rebate?
Qualifying vehicles are defined in Virginia Code section 58.1-3503(A)(3), (4), and (5). Generally, passenger cars, trucks of less than 10,000 pounds, and vans assessed by either the J.D Power Official Used Car Guide (NADA) or the J.D Power Official Older Used Car Guide (NADA) are qualifying vehicles. Farm machinery, manufactured homes, antique vehicles, taxicabs, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, boat and utility trailers, and boats are non-qualifying vehicles.