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2017 HART COUNTY, GEORGIA

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BURL PIERCE

Tax Commissioner

706-376-3944

taxcomm@hartcom.net

Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This office handles the

collections of property tax,

automobile tags and registra-

tion, mobile homes, and tim-

ber tax.

Motor Vehicle Registration

Vehicle tags are sold in the

tax commissioner’s office.

Recently, when you bought

a vehicle, you paid sales tax

on the price of the vehicle at

the time of purchase, 6-8%

depending on the county the

vehicle is titled in, as well

as an ad valorem tax, deter-

mined by your County Tax

Commissioner, each year on

your birthday you renewed

your license or car tag.

Under the provisions in HB

386, you no longer pay sales

tax or ad valorem tax on the

newly purchased vehicle.

Instead, you pay a one-time

title fee that in most cases

is less than you would have

paid in sales tax alone.

NEW TITLE FEE

LAWHB386

Details of the Motor Vehicle

Ad Valorem Tax and Title Fee

in HB 386 are as follows: If

you purchased a new or used

vehicle prior to January 1,

2012: Georgia residents will

continue to pay the ad va-

lorem tax each year on your

birthday.

After March 1, 2013, the

annual ad valorem, also

known as “birthday tax,” and

sales tax on the vehicle at the

time of purchase was elimi-

nated with new and used

vehicle purchases beginning

March 1, 2013. To replace

this, you are being charged a

one-time title fee of 6.5% be-

ginning March 1, 2013. The

fee went up to 6.75% on Janu-

ary 1, 2014 and then topped

out at 7% on January 1, 2015.

If you engaged in a casual

sale of a vehicle, after March

1, 2013: You are required to

pay the same title fee for ca-

sual sales unless the vehicle

is sold to an immediate fam-

ily member (spouse, parent,

child, sibling, grandparent, or

grandchild).

If sold or given away to an

immediate family member,

there is no title fee. However,

for transfers between family

members there is a minimal

title transfer fee of 1/2 of 1%

of the value of the vehicle

that will be collected by both

the state and the local coun-

ty.

If you have questions email

president@gada.com.

VEHICLE TAG

RENEWAL

New residents to Georgia

must have the following doc-

uments in order to register

a vehicle: Vehicle With No

Lien: an out of state title,

current registration, proof of

insurance, current mileage,

and Georgia drivers license

with a Hart County address.

Vehicle With A Lien: com-

plete name and address of

lienholder, current regis-

tration, proof of insurance,

current mileage and picture

identification

MOBILE HOME

TAXATION

Mobile Home Location Per-

mits: Taxpayers locating a

mobile home in Hart County

must apply to the tax com-

missioner for a location per-

mit within 30 days of perma-

nent placement of the home

in the county and then annu-

ally thereafter between Jan. 1

and May 1.

Mobile homes that are

temporarily located in the

county and are owned by a

business that is not located

in the county should notify

the Board of Tax Assessors

of their presence to avoid

being cited for failure to ap-

ply for the location permit.

MOBILE HOME

RETURNS

Owners of mobile homes

that are located in the

county on Jan. 1 must re-

turn the mobile home for

taxation to the tax commis-

sioner on or before May 1 of

each year at the same time

they apply for the location

permit.

Tax Commissioner

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