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Motor vehicles purchased on or after March 1, 2013 and titled in this state are exempt from sales and use tax and annual ad valorem tax, also known as the "birthday tax." These taxes were replaced by a one-time tax that is imposed on the fair market value of the vehicle called the title ad valorem tax ("TAVT").

For a motor vehicle with a date of purchase from March 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, the rate of TAVT was 6.5%.

On January 1, 2015 the TAVT rate will be increased from 6.75% to 7.00%.

Any motor vehicle purchased in 2015 will be subject to the 7.00%  TAVT rate.


Basic facts about TAVT:

  • A Georgia resident that pays the TAVT and then moves out of state does not have to pay TAVT again, for the same vehicle, if they return to the state.
  • To appeal, the customer must pay 100% of the TAVT due; not the previous 85% of the TAVT.
  • Leased vehicles pay the 7.00% TAVT rate but do not pay sales and use tax.  If the lessee purchases the leased vehicle, TAVT will be due at the time of purchase.

Use the tool below to estimate the amount of title ad valorem tax you will owe.


Click this to access the TAVT calculator


Click to access the Dept. of Revenue's TAVT FAQs.

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TAVT Forms

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