The rental vehicle tax is a substitution for the property tax on a short-term leased or rental vehicle. The tax is levied on the gross receipts of the vehicle rental at a rate of 1.5% for Cumberland County and an additional 1.5% if the rental location is situated in the municipal limits of Fayetteville, Hope Mills, Spring Lake or Stedman. This tax is independent of rental vehicle taxes administered by the North Carolina Department of Revenue
A rental vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle of the private passenger type, the cargo type with a weight of 26,000 pounds or less and not requiring a commercial driver’s license, or a trailer with a gross vehicle weight of 6,000 pounds or less.
The customer is charged the rental vehicle tax as part of their total rental. The business collects the tax and holds it as a trustee for the county, then remits to the county monthly on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the tax accrues. For example, tax collected during the month of June must be reported and paid by July 20th.
The return may be filed by personal delivery to the office of the Tax Collector, located in the new courthouse, 117 Dick Street Suite 527, Fayetteville, or by mail to the Cumberland County Tax Collector, PO Box 449, Fayetteville, NC 28302-0449. Returns submitted by mail shall be deemed to be filed as of the date shown on the postmark affixed by the United States Postal Service. If no date is shown on the postmark, or if the postmark is not affixed by the United States Postal Service, the return shall be deemed to be filed when received in the office of the Tax Collector. A return must be filed monthly, even if there are no taxes due!
Failure to File Return - In case of failure to file any return on the date it is due, the county shall assess a penalty equal to 5% of the amount of the tax if the failure is for not more than one month, with an additional 5% for each additional month, or fraction thereof, until the return is filed. The penalty shall not exceed 25% of the tax.
Failure to Pay Tax When Due - In the case of failure to pay any tax when due, the county shall assess a penalty equal to 10% of the tax.
PLEASE NOTE: Closing, Transferring or Selling Business - The Tax Collector must be notified forty-eight (48) hours in advance of a change in address, or ownership, or if business operations cease!
Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact our office at 910-678-7590 or by email at .
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