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Motor Vehicle Title Ad Valorem Tax opt in to expire Friday

Car owners may be able to get credit for taxes already paid

ALBANY — Dougherty County Tax Director Shonna Colley sent out an emergency release Monday reminding citizens in the area that Friday is the deadline for vehicle owners to opt in and take advantage of the Georgia Title Ad Valorem Tax option.

“It’s getting late, so we wanted to remind everyone one last time that they can still take advantage of this opt-in opportunity,” Colley said.

Any Georgian who purchased a motor vehicle on or after Jan. 1, 2012 and prior to March 1, 2013 has an opportunity to opt in to the TAVT, according to the Motor Vehicle Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue. The opt-in period provides an opportunity to make a comparison between the current annual ad valorem tax on vehicles, which are typically paid on an individual’s birthday, and the state’s new one-time tax.

Vehicle owners may be eligible to get credit for sales taxes and ad valorem taxes already paid, but they must elect to do so by Friday.

Persons who need help comparing the options available may get information at the state website http://onlinemvd.dor.ga.gov/Tap/welcome.aspx. Those who think they might benefit by opting in under the new law can do so at the tag office of their county of residence. Interested vehicle owners should bring pertinent information, such as a bill of sale, with them to the tag office.

The Dougherty Tax Department is located in the Government Annex building at 240 Pine Ave., in Suite 100-A. Information is available by calling (229) 483-7635.