Due to the financial uncertainty concerning the delayed adoption of the federal budget and the effects this may have on the residents of Stafford County, the Board of Supervisors adopted on October 17, 2023, good for 60 days, an Emergency Ordinance EO23-01 to temporarily lower penalties to zero for the Personal Property tax payments through December 15. This will allow taxpayers more time to pay their Personal Property tax bills. Please note that the Board desires to extend zero penalty through January 5, 2024. However, another emergency ordinance must be brought to the Board of Supervisors for approval at the December 12, 2023 meeting.
There is no State Code authority for the Board to waive penalties and interest, but the Board can set the amount for penalties and interest to $0 and 0%. Virginia Code sets a maximum amount of penalties and interest but no minimum. The changes cannot be applied retroactively. State Code allows an emergency ordinance to delay the penalties and interest for up to 60 days.
Important: real estate tax bills are due December 5 and are not affected by the Emergency Ordinance.
Residents should receive tax bills via post office mail. The bills are also available on the Stafford County website at www.staffordcountyva.gov/epay. If you did not receive a statement or have payment questions, please get in touch with the Treasurer’s Office at (540) 658-8700 as soon as possible.
The Treasurer’s Office accepts cash, checks, money orders, debit and credit cards. You may pay online by credit card or e-check at www.staffordcountyva.gov/epay, by phone at 540-608-2142, in person at the Treasurer’s Office, by mail, or via the after-hours drop box located at the front of the entrance to the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554.