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Reducing tax evasion in Westmoreland

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Recently, attempts have been made to avoid having to pay taxes by registering vehicles in an area different from where the owner actually lives. Sometimes, the cars are registered to their summer homes down here in Westmoreland County, and in one particularly infamous case, a man registered his yacht in Rhode Island despite living in Massachusetts. People with summer homes here have used this little gag enough times that the Board of Supervisors decided to see what could be done about it at last month’s meeting.

County Administrator Norm Risavi explained the practice, and how it was relevant here in Westmoreland County.

“Counties like Fairfax, Loudon, and the other counties surrounding DC have a number of folks that prefer to avoid the personal property tax on vehicles that are used to transport people to Dulles Airport. They have a habit of registering it in the District of Columbia to avoid having it taxed. They [the counties] have developed a very significant enforcement program and done significant amounts of research to determine whether or not you can tax a vehicle and develop an online program where citizens can report the tax evaders for their tax enforcement office. In our case, that’s the Commissioner of Revenue’s office.”

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 10/16/19