BOE - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Will I receive confirmation that my case was received?

All residential appellants receive a letter, usually the first week of July.


When will I be notified that my case is ready to be heard?

You will receive your case material from the Board of Equalization (BOE) with a request that you call the office within two weeks to schedule your hearing.


How will I be contacted to schedule?

You must call the office at 703-324-4891, otherwise a hearing date will be scheduled for you and you will be notified in writing of the date and time of the hearing.  The notification will be approximately one week prior to the hearing.


Can I reschedule the case once a date is set for a hearing?

In extreme circumstances, a case may be rescheduled at the discretion of the BOE.


What if I am away on vacation?

If you are going to be away for more than one week, call the BOE Administrative Clerk at 703-324-4891 and advise her of the dates you will be unavailable after July 1.


If I cannot be present, can I authorize someone to appear on my behalf?

You may authorize a representative to present on your behalf, but they must possess a signed, notarized statement from you.  If no one appears, your case will be heard in absentia and presented based upon the written documents you have provided.


May I send a letter to be read to the BOE or BOE Chairman in my absence?

You may not send letters or comments to the board members to be read in your absence.


May I add to my case material after June 1st?

No additional material may be added once your case has been submitted, nor can you present any additional written documents at the hearing.


What if I change my mailing address and/or phone number during the appeal process?

It is important that you contact BOTH the Department of Tax Administration (DTA) (703-222-8234) or  and the Board of Equalization (703-324-4891) to inform them of any change in mailing address and/or phone number.  If we are unable to reach you, your case will be scheduled in absentia and presented based upon the written documents you have provided.


What is the last date cases will be heard?

The Board continues to meet until all cases have been heard for the current tax year.  Generally, hearings are completed by December 30.


Do I have to pay my taxes if my appeal has not been heard by the billing date?

You must pay all taxes on time or you will be charged penalty and interest for late payment.  First installment tax bills are mailed by June 30 and due on July 28.  Second installment bills are mailed by November 5 and due on December 5.


What happens if DTA recommends a reduction?

If you agree with the revised assessment, you must fax or mail in a withdrawal document to the BOE.  If it is received prior to October 15, a tax credit will be reflected in your second installment bill.  If your taxes are paid in full, you will receive a refund check approximately 6 weeks following your hearing date.  If you have questions about the tax bill, call 703-222-8234.


When and where are the hearings held?

The Board of Equalization meets on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. from June through December.  The hearing rooms are on the Plaza Level of the Government Center Building at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA.  Most hearings are held in Room 7 or 8. 



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