by Kate Shunney
Morgan County Assessor Debbie Weaver is letting county residents and property owners know that their personal property tax bill may go higher this year because a freeze on vehicle values has run out.
A 2021 order from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice had held vehicle values steady for the 2022 tax bill. The pandemic and supply issues had created an artificially high value for cars and trucks, the governor held values in place.
Weaver said county residents will see the current National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) vehicle values on their 2023 tax bills, coming soon.
“As your Assessor, I must adhere to the WV State Tax guidelines and have no control over decisions made,” Weaver said.
A future tax credit is on the horizon, though.
In March of this year, the West Virginia Legislature passed a bill that includes a State Tax Credits for Vehicles, Small Businesses and Disabled Veterans.
“This will provide some relief, however not until 2025 when you file your 2024 Income Tax with the State. Taxpayers that do not owe WV income taxes and are not required to file a WV income tax return will be able to file a claim for a rebate in early 2025,” said Weaver.
For more information, visit https://morgan.wvassessor.com/ and follow the link “Motor Vehicle Property Tax Adjustment Credit – begins 2024”) regarding information on how to qualify for Motor Vehicle Property Tax Adjustment Credit and other pertinent information.
Property owners can also call 304-258-8570 with questions.