The City of Winchester levies a property tax on the following types of personal property:
- motor homes
- outboard motors
- business equipment
Tax Rate: The tax rate for tax year 2015 is $4.50 per $100.00 of assessed value. Winchester bills Personal Property in 12 billing cycles. Taxes are due one year from the purchase date.
Tax Relief: Personal Property Tax Relief (see below for more information) is based on the original 1998 rate of $3.50.
This tax is assessed by the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office and paid to the Treasurer's Office. Visit the Commissioner of the Revenue's webpage for more information.
Winchester requires all vehicles to be registered with the Commissioner of the Revenue. Vehicles must be registered within 45 days of being purchased or moving into the City of Winchester. After the initial registration of each vehicle and the payment of the licensing charge, the licensing charge will be bill annually along with the vehicle personal property tax.
Upon registration, there is a charge for licensing the vehicle:
- Autos - $25.00
- Trucks - $36.00
- Motorcycles - $12.00
Late Registration Fee: If registered beyond the 45 day requirement, a 10% late filing fee will be added to the bill when mailed the following year. The licensing fee will be subject to an additional $5.00 fee.
Winchester pro-rates personal property taxes levied on motor vehicles (automobiles, trucks, vans, motorcycles and trailers) and mobile homes.
Prorating means that a motor vehicle will be taxed only for that portion of the calendar year that the vehicle has tax situs (location where property is customarily kept) in the City of Winchester.
Personal property taxes on motor vehicles are prorated in monthly increments.
To apply for a prorated tax if a vehicle no longer has situs in the city, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office within thirty days.
Car Tax Relief
The Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 provides tax relief for any passenger car, motorcycle, or pickup or panel truck having registered gross weight of less than 7,501 pounds. The vehicle must be owned or leased by an individual and NOT used for business purposes. Tax relief for tax year 2015 is 53%.
A vehicle is considered to be used for business purposes if:
- More than 50% of the mileage for the year is used as a business expense for Federal Income Tax purposes OR reimbursed by an employer
- More than 50% of the depreciation associated with the vehicle is deducted as a business expense for Federal Income Tax
- The cost of the vehicle is expensed pursuant to Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Services Code
- The vehicle is leased by an individual and the leasing company pays the tax without reimbursement from the individual
Vehicles qualified for tax relief are noted on your tax bill and show a reduction for the portion of the tax the Commonwealth will pay. For qualified vehicles, the tax bill is reduced by the applicable tax relief percentage for the tax year on the first $20,000 of value. Tax relief is calculated using the City of Winchester ’s effective tax rate in effect on August 1, 1997.
Personal Property Tax Relief is based on the original 1998 Rate of $3.50. City Council, by City Ordinance, increased the rate to $4.50 effective Jan. 1, 2005 for Tax Year 2005. Winchester Personal Property is paid in arrears. Therefore, the rate is for 2005 taxes paid in 2006. (Grandfathered vehicles are billed separately and due December 5th each year.)
For additional information and forms see Commissioner of the Revenue.