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It is a property tax bill that covers the months between the expiration of a vehicle's registration and the renewal of that registration or the issuance of a new registration.
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The registration for the vehicle listed on this notice previously expired. The vehicle registration was recently renewed or a new registration was issued. During the lapse in registration, the vehicle was considered unregistered. Craven County is required by NCGS 105-330.3(2) to collect property taxes for vehicles with an unregistered status. This change in the law took effect on July 1, 2017. This bill is just now being sent because limitations in the county's then existing software did not allow for this billing at that time. No penalty or interest is due if the bill is paid before it becomes delinquent.
Because Tax rates are based on a 12-month year, the taxes due are adjusted proportionately downward if the number of Gap Months Billed is less than 12 months and upward if the number of Gap Months Billed is more than 12 months.
Property taxes paid to the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles at the time of renewal or issuance are for the same 12-month period as your registration. The taxes billed on this notice are only for the months that your vehicle was not registered.
A gap property tax notice will cover at least one month and can cover all months between registrations, without limitation.