When can I expect to receive my motor vehicle excise tax bill?

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax bills are issued on a calendar-year basis. Owners of vehicles registered as of January 1 can expect to receive a bill by mid-February. The bill is owed to the town where the vehicle is garaged as of January 1. The mailing address is provided by the owner to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Excises are prorated on a monthly basis. For a new registration after January 1, owners can expect bills 2 to 3 months afterwards. If a vehicle is registered for a part of a month, the excise will be due for the whole month.

When a vehicle is registered late in the calendar year, the bill is generated early in the new calendar year. Taxpayer confusion arises when this bill is soon followed by a tax bill for the new calendar year. The tax year of the bill appears prominently on the tax bill. Taxpayers should make note of the year of the bill when paying an excise tax.

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1. What is the motor vehicle excise tax?
2. Where does the information on my excise tax bill come from?
3. How is my excise tax bill calculated?
4. When can I expect to receive my motor vehicle excise tax bill?
5. What should I do if I do not receive my excise tax bill?
6. What happens if I do not pay my excise tax bill?
7. Who do I contact if I have questions about my motor vehicle excise tax payment?