October 1, 1997

Impact of Virginia’s Gubernatorial Personal Property Tax Relief Plans Vary Widely by Locality

Download Special Report No. 73

Special Report No. 73

Executive Summary As part of their respective campaigns for governor, both Republican James Gilmore and Democrat Donald Beyer have promised Virginian’s relief from their personal property taxes. Often lost in all of the talk of exemptions, tax credits, and phase-ins, however, is the actual size of the tax savings under each plan.

For the benefit of Virginia’s voters the Tax Foundation has conducted an analysis of each of the proposals for owners of four popular vehicles.

Gilmore intends on gradually phasing in is plan during fiscal years 1999-2003. The analysis generally shows that while the Beyer plan offers more up-front tax relief, the Gilmore plan offers at least as much savings, and in many cases considerably more, over the longer-term.