GA DOR Presentation and QA Documents Now Available on TRALA's Website
The webinar presentation given by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) as well as a Q&A document that lists all the questions and corresponding answers covered during the webinar are now available on TRALA's web site.
To view and/or listen to the webinar, go to TRALA's web site (www.trala.org) and view under the "Publications" tab or simply click here.
The Q&A document may be viewed here.
The GA DOR conducted their webinar at TRALA's request on May 9, 2013. Representatives from the DOR gave a presentation to the attendees and then answered questions as to how all the myriad of changes over the past few months will affect TRALA-member fleets.
As you may recall, the Georgia legislature passed House Bill 266 last month. HB 266 eliminated the local ad valorem property taxes in lieu of a one-time titling tax, called the Titling Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) of 6.5% but only for non-IRP plated vehicles based in the state. For IRP-plated vehicles, the "old" system remained - for the time being.
After HB 266 was enacted, the legislature quickly moved to pass another piece of legislation to alter the way IRP-plated vehicles are taxed in Georgia. House Bill 463 replaced the local ad valorem system for IRP vehicles with one where an annual ad valorem tax is paid as part of the truck's registration fee and the ad valorem part will be automatically apportioned as part of the IRP program. This will result in an increase in vehicle registration fees but in turn the old ad valorem system will be eliminated for IRP trucks and tractors. The impetus for this bill was to simplify Georgia's lengthy process for getting IRP-plated vehicles registered. It is important to note that HB 463 will not take effect until January 1, 2014.
TRALA supported both legislative efforts but after they passed the state legislature, many TRALA members still had questions left unanswered. This webinar gave TRALA members the opportunity to ask very specific questions and the GA DOR also agreed to work with TRALA in the future to both clarify the two laws as well as to work toward making the transition to the new tax laws as seamless as possible.
If you have any questions about this webinar, please contact Jake Jacoby at firstname.lastname@example.org