A licensed motor vehicle is any motor vehicle that maintains an active North Carolina tag and registration. The term “motor vehicle” includes automobiles, trucks, buses, campers, RV’s, trailers, and motorcycles.
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An assessor must appraise a motor vehicle at its true value in money. The sales price of a vehicle purchased from a dealer, including all accessories attached to the vehicle, is considered the true value of the vehicle, and the assessor must appraise the vehicle at this value.
The Property Tax Division of the NC Department of Revenue annually adopts a schedule of values to be used when vehicles are not purchased from a dealer and for registration renewals. This ensures equitable statewide valuations. The system allows for adjustments for high mileage and below-average condition.
The owner of a vehicle may appeal the appraised value of the vehicle by filing a request for appeal (Gaston County Motor Vehicle Appeal Form (PDF)) with the Tax Office within 30 days of the date the taxes are due. An owner who appeals the appraised value must pay the tax on the vehicle when due, subject to a full or partial refund if the appeal is decided in the owner’s favor.
The person or company leasing the vehicle will be mailed the combined tag and tax notice and will be responsible for paying the taxes.
Yes. NC law requires that interest be charged on late vehicle property tax payments and registration renewal fees.
No. If you have paid your vehicle property tax for the year and then transfer the license plate to another vehicle, you will not be eligible for a refund of any taxes paid. The registered motor vehicle to which the plate is transferred will not be taxed until the current registration is renewed.
An owner can apply for a refund of taxes paid when a vehicle is sold or registered out of state and the NC license plate is turned in to a NC license plate agency. The owner must present the following to the county tax office:
Please contact the Tax Office at (704) 866-3199.
You must have this corrected at a NC License Plate Agency or contact NCDMV at 919-814-1779.
If you no longer own the car and have turned in the license plate, you may ignore the invitation to renew and tax bill. If you have transferred the plate to another vehicle, DMV can create you a bill for the new vehicle. Contact NCDMV at 919-814-1779.
The tax amount you paid is now listed on the registration form you received for your vehicle. If you are unable to locate the registration, visit the NC DMV.
A Gap Property Tax Notice is a tax bill that covers the months between the expiration of a vehicle’s registration and the renewal of that registration or the issuance of a new registration. Taxes are based on a 12-month year, therefore the taxes due are adjusted proportionately downward if the number of Gap Months Billed is less than 12 months and upward if the number of Gap Months Billed is more than 12 months.
Your vehicle was broken down and sits for 6 months and while repairs were made the tag expired. You were unable to renew the registration and pay property taxes because the vehicle could not pass inspection. Now the vehicle is back in operation you have registered it and been issued a current tag. The vehicle had a “Gap” in the registration while it was sitting waiting for repairs. The Gap Property Tax Notice will be for the months in between when the tag expired and the new registration was issued.
Yes, when you were issued the new tag you did pay the property taxes for the tax year going forward which follows the new tag. The “Gap” property tax is for the back months the vehicle did not have a valid registration.
Yes, North Carolina Statutes require that all vehicles be taxed as either a registered motor vehicle or personal property (unregistered vehicle). Regardless of the condition or function of the vehicle it must be taxed. The tax value could be adjusted for the condition, but it must be taxed.