REGARDING THE ARIZONA AUTOMOBILE THEFT AUTHORITY ASSESSMENT
DUE JANUARY 31, 2022
The Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (ATA), a division of the Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions has moved the semi-annual insurance assessment to OPTins.
This assessment is for the period from July 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, as required by Arizona Revised Statute 41-3451.
The ATA Assessment payment is due on or before January 31, 2022, payments received after that date may be assessed a penalty, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-3453: Failure to pay fee.
As required by Arizona Revised Statute 41-3451, the assessment must be based on the actual number of vehicles insured during the assessment period, without regard for the length of time the insurance was in force. Do not calculate the assessment based on the number of policies or a pro rata method such as earned car years. If an incorrect method has been used for any period, an adjustment is required.
Please use the following steps to complete the assessment:
Step 1: Click on the OPTins link
Step 2: Log into OPTins
Step 3: Locate the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority Assessment in OPTins
Step 4: Download the ATA Assessment Form
Step 5: Completely fill out the ATA Assessment Form. Incomplete forms will not be accepted and will be returned.
Step 6: Load up your completed form into OPTins with your payment.
The Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions has implemented OPTins (Online Premium Tax for Insurance) for insurance companies filing and paying Automobile Theft Authority assessments. OPTins, a product of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), has been developed to facilitate state specific forms and payments. Starting January 1, 2021, insurers must file and pay Arizona Automobile Theft Authority Assessments using OPTins.
Please note electronic filing is not mandatory for zero assessment reports. Please contact [email protected] for additional information regarding an alternative, no cost method.
All insurers who are licensed to issue motor vehicle liability insurance policies in Arizona are required to submit an ATA assessment form.
OPTins will be available to begin paying semi-annual filings January 1, 2021. If your company is registered to use OPTins to file for other states, you are already set up to file semi-annual assessments to Arizona.
The steps to submit your assessment are very simple and require no formal training. Easy to follow instructions are available at: http://www.optins.org. Once registered and set up, you will be able to log in, upload filing forms and submit payment online. No more paper checks – everything is electronic and assessment forms along with the payment are received at the Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions immediately upon submission by the company or producer.
Using OPTins allows you to save time and ensure that both the form and payment are received together and on time. Please visit www.optins.org and click on Getting Started to download the implementation paperwork labeled “All Other”. Once it is completed, submit the forms to [email protected] and a product specialist will work with you through your implementation. Once registered and set up, you will be able to log in, upload filing forms and submit payment online. Setup of a new account takes 7-10 business days. If you already use OPTins, you do not have to contact OPTins Marketing. Once you have an account in OPTins, you can file to all state accounts using this application.