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Originally published: 2013-05-06 13:18:17
Last modified: 2013-05-06 13:18:15

'Tag & Tax Together' program delayed

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles long awaited "Tax and Tag Together," program, originally scheduled to begin in July, has been pushed to at least September, according to Ashe County Tax Administrator Keith Little.

"As of an email we received on (April 26), they've postponed the program through September's renewals," said Little. "It was slated to begin in July, but it will now start two months later."

Little said the delay was due in part to a request by third-party software vendors that have contracted with by auto dealer across the state.

"Those vendors will help with the registration process at dealerships, instead of dealers using a normal license plate agency," said Little. "Those vendors decided they needed a little more time before the rollout."

The result of a law first passed by the General Assembly in 2005, the combination goes into effect this fall following the incorporation of county tax rates into the vehicle registration system. It is designed to provide easy one-time payment of vehicle tags and property taxes across the state.

The new-look bills will include both vehicle property tax information from counties, as well as vehicle registration and inspection information, according to the NCDMV. Drivers currently pay for tag and vehicle property taxes separately, but the new program will require just one payment for both bills.

After receiving your entire payment, NCDMV will renew your vehicle registration and forward the property tax portion of your payment directly to your county revenue office.

And that, according to Little, should be a good thing for the taxpayer.

"We definitely think it will simplify things," Little said, "certainly for us but even more so for the vehicle owner because they are only going to get one notice now. Before, the notices were staggered, and I think it made things more difficult on folks."

Those with tag renewal dates in September (a "9" sticker on their license tag), will be among the first to receive the new bills. Each passing month, additional vehicle owners will receive the new notice when their renewal is due.

By September 2014, the program should include all North Carolina vehicle owners.

The DMV website features frequently asked questions about the combined billing program and contact information for county revenue offices across the state.

A Spanish version of the questions has also been posted according to the release, and DMV has produced a video to help explain the new program.