Additional information from the questioner:
“The North Carolina statute reads that they are to release the vehicle hold when the taxes are paid on that vehicle. Not every car you own (or do not own) at the time!”
And the answer:
Michelle D. Harrell, New Hanover County’s collector of revenue, said the reader is correct.
“If the vehicle the person wants to register is not blocked through the Division of Motor Vehicles, I am not aware of any reason he can’t renew,” Harrell said.
However, she said a taxpayer is obligated to pay the delinquent taxes.
“The statute is very clear that a taxpayer has one year from the time the plates are turned in to DMV to notify the tax collector’s office of the disposition or the vehicle. (sold, transferred or moved out of state) At this time the taxpayer may receive a proration of the tax bill. If the one year expires – no relief is granted,” Harrell said. “It is the policy of the New Hanover County Tax Office to have these individuals meet with a Deputy Collector to work out a payment plan on past due amounts owed. Once that agreement is in place and the taxes on the blocked vehicle are paid in cash or certified funds – we release the block. The collection statute further states that other personal property owned by a delinquent taxpayer is subject to seizure and sale to satisfy the obligation. They are further subject to other collection measures such as wage garnishments and bank attachments. We want to work with our citizens to allow voluntary payment of taxes but sometimes that is not possible.”
Date posted: June 14, 2011
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