Posted: Tuesday, February 19th 2013 at 8:49am
New vehicle tax laws could mean long lines
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- Some county officials in Georgia say motorists can expect longer lines and higher fees at county tag offices across the state as new laws vehicle tax laws take effect.
The new title tax law goes into effect March 1. (See earlier story. Link below.)
On Monday, tax commissioners from Gwinnett, Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb counties held a news conference asking residents for patience as they switch to the new system, a one-time title tax that replaces sales tax and the annual "birthday" tax. They said motorists should use phone or mail-in options to avoid long wait times.
Claudia Lawson, DeKalb County's tax commissioner, predicts that the change will be frustrating for taxpayers
Some counties, such as Cobb, are hiring additional staff and setting up dedicated help lines to deal with the crush of customers.
The Association County Commissioners of Georgia has developed a "Q&A" devoted to trying to educate the public about the new law. (See earlier story. Link below.)
Link: 'Drastic' change to state Motor Vehicle Tax takes effect Mar. 1
Link: Motor Vehicle Tax Changes Q&A
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