Personal Property Tax

The Personal Property Division of the Commissioner’s office assesses all tangible personal property i.e., vehicles, trailers, watercraft, aircraft, motor homes, business property, machinery and tools, merchants capital and mobile homes. This department must first discover what property is in Stafford County by various methods; which include obtaining information from the Taxpayer, the Division of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Virginia Department of Taxation. We then uniformly apply values to each class of property as mandated by state and county codes. Each vehicle assessed must be analyzed to determine if it meets the criteria to qualify for PPTRA (personal property tax relief act), or any of the special tax rates (handicap tax rate, fire and rescue tax rate, common carrier tax rate). All assessments are certified and sent to the Treasurer’s office in time to meet all billing deadlines.