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Pickup truck owners qualify for 2017 tax relief

Shenandoah County Commissioner of Revenue Kathleen Black announced this month that pickup truck owners can reclassify their vehicles to qualify them for tax relief purposes in 2017.

The change will affect county residents who drive pickup trucks for personal use that weigh between 7,501 pounds and 10,000 pounds.

In an interview, Black said the new policy will help truck owners whose vehicles may be wrongly classified to save a few dollars.

“If someone has a vehicle with a higher gross weight on it, they may choose to put a pickup tag on their truck and get a little bit of a discount on it,” she said.

According to Black, should truck owners reclassify their vehicles from trucks to pickup trucks, they can save 35 percent on up to $20,000 of its value when filing for taxes.

The newly expanded classification for personal pickup trucks came following legislation that made it through the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly. While the changes affect all Virginians, the amount of tax relief received varies by county.

To receive the tax relief, pickup truck owners will need to reclassify their vehicles to pickup trucks before January 1, 2017 to qualify.

The change will not affect vehicles used for commercial purposes. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles’ website, if a vehicle is used for both business and personal use, it must be used by not more than 50 percent of the time for business purposes to qualify.

Trucks van be reclassified by calling the Department of Motor Vehicles at 804-497-7100 or visiting the nearest department service center.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com