Real Estate Tax Assessments - Notice to Disabled Veterans/Property Owners
Notice to Fairfax County Disabled Veterans/Property Owners
On April 6, 2011 the Virginia General Assembly approved and the Governor signed into law an authorizing statute to exempt certain disabled veterans and their surviving spouses from local real estate tax on their principal residence. This legislation implements the Virginia Constitutional amendment approved by the electorate in November 2010.
In order to qualify for the exemption, the veteran must be rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor agency to have a 100% service-connected, permanent, and total disability and must occupy the property as his or her principal residence. Our application provides more detail as to the requirements. Generally the application is a one-time process and does not need to be submitted annually, unless there is a change in circumstances such as if the veteran’s principal place of residence changes.
This exemption has no means test (it is not based on the applicant’s income or assets). However, certain documentation must be submitted in order to qualify. The exemption is effective beginning on and after January 1, 2011. Taxes assessed for years prior to this date are not eligible for exemption.
By law, disability documentation must come from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It is not sufficient just to submit a medical certification from your private physician.
For tax year 2011, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has adopted a lower Car Tax rate of $0.01 per $100 of assessed value on one motor vehicle owned and regularly used by a qualifying disabled veteran in accordance with Virginia Code §58.1-3506(A)(19). Download the Application for Reduced Personal Property (Car Tax) Rate for Qualifying Disabled Veterans here. Applicants will be required to provide official documentation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that verifies the disabled veteran has been rated by such agency to have a "100% service-connected, permanent, and total disability or has either lost, or lost the use of, one or both legs, or an arm or a hand, or who is blind." The reduced Car Tax rate is subject each year to adoption by the Board of Supervisors during their deliberation on the County’s annual budget. Disabled veterans need only apply once, but must contact DTA to receive the lower rate on a different vehicle should the approved vehicle be otherwise moved, sold or disposed. Please note, if you are also applying for the real estate exemption described above, you do not need to submit a separate application. Our office will apply the lower Car Tax rate if you qualify.
Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling 703-222-8234.
Federal Dept. of Veterans Affairs: www.va.gov 1-800-827-1000
State Dept. of Veteran's Services: www.dvs.virginia.gov 1-804-786-0286
Fairfax Field Office of the State Dept. of Veteran's Services: www.dvs.virginia.gov/fieldoffice_fairfax.shtml 703-359-1210
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