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Friday is deadline for title ad valorem tax opt in

COVINGTON — With the new title ad valorem tax in affect, the Georgia Department of Revenue reminds citizens who purchased a vehicle on or after Jan. 1, 2012 and prior to March 1, 2013, that they have the opportunity to opt in to the new tax until Friday, Feb. 28.

The opt-in period provides an opportunity to do a comparison between the current annual ad valorem tax, normally paid on the citizen’s birthday, and the new one-time tax.

Citizens may be eligible to opt-in to the new tax and get credit for sales tax and annual ad valorem taxes that have already been paid, according to Newton County Tax Commissioner Barbara Dingler.

Newton County citizens can visit the Tax Commissioner’s office, located at 1113 Usher St., Suite 101, Covington on or before Friday to receive help from a county tag agent. The office advises that citizens take all pertinent documentation to the tag office.

The same deadline date applies to Rockdale County citizens, according to Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner Tisa Washington. The Rockdale Tax Commissioner RJ Hadley’s office is located at 969 Pine St. in Conyers.