Personal Property / Vehicle Taxes

Personal property tax returns are no longer sent out by the Commissioners office to existing residents in January; however, the city ordinance requires residents to notify our office within 30 days if they change their address or acquire or dispose of a vehicle.

The city treasurer sends out tax bills in September. All personal property tax payments are due by Oct 5.


  • New residents or those registering a vehicle for the first time must file a personal property vehicle registration form within 30 days after purchase or entry into the city
  • For vehicles, the tax is based on the JANUARY 1 clean trade-in value as listed in the JD Powers Guide published in January of the current tax year.  
  • A vehicle is subject to tax if it is normally garaged or parked in the city, even if registered in another state
  • The current tax rate for personal property in Manassas City is $3.60 for each $100 of assessed value
  • Certain motor vehicles are exempt from the personal property tax
  • If you are an active-duty Military member and your home of record is not Virginia, please fill out the application for exemption  and provide the applicable documentation
  • If you believe that your vehicle has been over-assessed, you can appeal the assessment
  • You can apply for a high-mileage deduction here
  • If you are an active operational member or auxiliary member of a fire company and/or emergency medical services agency you may qualify for personal property tax relief. You may find the application to apply for tax relief here. The signed application is due by February 1, 2024.

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