MARIETTA -- Tax Commissioner Gail Downing is aiming to inform citizens of major changes in car taxes that will take effect March 1.
The changes are the result of a state law passed by the General Assembly in spring 2012 and signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.
The biggest change is that for cars titled in Georgia beginning March 1, a one-time Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) will be assessed at 6.5 percent of the fair market value of the vehicle, and the TAVT replaces annual ad valorem and sales taxes.
Vehicles purchased in Georgia between Jan. 1, 2012 and Feb. 28, 2013 may opt-in to the new TAVT between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2013.
All vehicles purchased after March 1 will be assessed the new TAVT.
The changes will not affect how taxes are assessed and collected on vehicles purchased prior to Jan. 1, 2012.