About the Treasurer's Office
The Treasurer is a Constitutional Officer that originates in the Virginia Constitution of 1870. The Virginia Constitutional format provides local government with a system of fiscal checks and balances. This system allows the Treasurer to perform their duties and responsibilities as an independent officer accountable directly to the citizens.
Some of the Treasurer's responsibilities include collecting real estate tax, personal property tax, motor vehicle license fees, solid waste fees, state income tax, estimated income tax, utility bills, and solid waste citations, as well as administering the dog license program, MVL exemption for first responders, and payments for jurors. The Treasurer also handles the receipt and deposit of all other revenues originating in other departments and maintains and balances bank accounts for all county departments, school division and social services.
It is the responsibility of the Treasurer to appropriately account for the receipt and disbursement of revenue. They also invest public funds for return on investment, with security of the investment given the highest priority. It is the mission of the Treasurer’s office to perform these and all other required duties of the office within the constraints of the law and to the highest standard obtainable.
Goals and Objectives:
- Bill, Collect and process taxes and fees in an expeditious and accurate manner.
- Expand payment options including the full implementation of the online payment portal including utility payments and ACH transfers.
- Implement the automated DMV witholding program
- Continue to improve the delinquent collection rate through the implementation of automated processes.
- When I sold my house, the closing documents state that the buyer is responsible for taxes. Is that correct?
The closing process of real estate is an agreement between the buyer and the seller. The Pittsylvania County Treasurer’s Office is not a party to this agreement.
Pursuant to the Code of Virginia, 58.1-3281, the beginning of the tax year for the assessment of taxes on real estate shall be January 1st and the owner of real estate on the day shall be assessed for the taxes for the year beginning on that day.
We will forward the bill to the new owners at your request; however, legal action for delinquent taxes will go against whomever owned the property January 1st.
- I received a bill for a vehicle that I sold a few months ago. How do I get a corrected bill?
Pittsylvania County is a NON- PRORATING County. If the vehicle was owned on January 1st of the taxation year, you owe the full amount of taxes for that year. This also means that if you buy a vehicle after January 1st of a taxation year, you will not pay personal property taxes on that vehicle during that year.
- What type of tax relief programs does Pittsylvania County offer?
All tax relief exemption programs are administered by the Commissioner of Revenue office. Please contact them at 434-432-7940. You may also visit the Commissioner of the Revenue's page on the website.
- I received a bill for a vehicle that I did not own as of January 1st. How can I get this corrected?
The Pittsylvania County Commissioner of Revenue assesses all taxes based off of information from the DMV. Please contact them at 434-432-7940.
- Why does my account have a DMV stop?
The Treasurer has the authority to pursue the collection of delinquent personal property taxes/license fees by withholding your motor vehicle registration at the DMV. If a stop has been placed on your account due to unpaid taxes, you will not be allowed to renew your license tags until such taxes are paid to the Treasurer in full. A $55 DMV stop fee must also be paid in addition to any taxes and fees that are delinquent. Taxpayers are encouraged to pay their taxes by the due dates to avoid disruption of your vehicle registration.
- What is a vehicle license fee?
In 2007, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors adopted a license tax fee. This fee is assessed to all actively registered vehicles as of January 1st of the tax year. No adjustments are made to the license fee assessment due to the vehicle being sold after January 1st. The fee is assessed based on DMV information regarding the garage jurisdiction. Town residents are not liable for the county license fee. Each town collects their license or decal fee.
- Who is TACS and why are they contacting me for delinquent bills for Pittsylvania County?
TACS is a collection agency working on behalf of Pittsylvania County to collect delinquent taxes. Once an account has been forwarded to TACS for collection purposes, you must contact TACS with questions regarding your account balance, payoff, to make a payment etc. They can be reached at 804-545-2500.
- What is the $120 solid waste fee for?
The solid waste fee was adopted by the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors for the purpose of procuring, developing, maintaining and improving its landfill and convenience centers.
- Who is charged the solid waste fee?
Every person owning or operating any house, apartment, rental house, rental residential unit, multiple residential units, trailer camp, manufactured housing parks, or trailer court (“households”) in the County or in the Towns. The fee shall be assessed individually, to/for each rental unit/residence, rental and/or non-rental
- Do I have to pay the solid waste fee if the household is uninhabitable?
If the household was inhabitable on January 1st of that tax year, you will be assessed the tax. Please contact Pittsylvania County Community Development at 434-432-7750 to complete the necessary steps needed to have the household deemed uninhabitable for future tax years.
- Are town residents liable for the county solid waste fee?
Yes, households located in the Towns of Hurt, Gretna and Chatham shall be assessed the solid waste fee.