When must I file a Return of Tangible Personal Property form?

As of January 2018, Return of Tangible Personal Property forms for motor vehicles and trailers will no longer be mailed each year to Chesapeake residents. Notify the Commissioner of the Revenue's office if any of the following occurs:

  • Change in ownership of a vehicle
  • Change in owner's name or address
  • Change of situs from Chesapeake (generally defined as the place where a vehicle is normally garaged/parked)
  • Change in vehicle usage from personal use to business use or vice versa

Return of Tangible Personal Property forms for aircraft, watercraft and mobile homes continue to be mailed each January and must be signed and filed by March 1 of each year whether or not changes are required.

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1. What is generally considered personal property for taxation purposes?
2. How is the amount of tax to be levied on personal property determined?
3. How is personal property assessed?
4. What does proration of personal property taxes mean?
5. What types of personal property are prorated?
6. If I move out of Chesapeake or sell my motor vehicle during the tax year, am I eligible for a refund of the personal property tax paid?
7. If my vehicle is damaged or becomes inoperable during the tax year, will the tax be adjusted?
8. When must I file a Return of Tangible Personal Property form?
9. Where may I file my Return of Tangible Personal Property form?
10. When is my personal property tax payment due?
11. When selling or disposing of a motor vehicle or trailer, do I need to notify anyone?
12. Do I have personal property tax obligations as an active duty member of the military maintaining a legal domicile in a state other than Virginia?
13. What are my tax obligations as an active duty member of the military maintaining Chesapeake as my legal residence?
14. How does the City of Chesapeake determine the tax exempt status of military service personnel?
15. Are disabled veterans eligible for relief on personal property tax?
16. Are persons who have specially equipped motor vehicles eligible for relief on personal property tax?
17. How can I obtain additional information about assessments and taxes?