Tax Relief - Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 


What are the qualifications for real estate tax relief?

  • To qualify for real estate tax relief under the Tax Relief Program, the following requirements must be met:

  • The applicant must be at least 65 years of age, or permanently and totally disabled. Applicants who turn 65 or become permanently and totally disabled during the year of application may also qualify for tax relief on a prorated basis.

  • If the dwelling is jointly owned by an applicant and spouse, either the applicant or the spouse must be at least 65 years of age or older, or permanently and totally disabled.

  • The gross income from all sources of the owners of the dwelling and any relatives of the owners who reside in the dwelling may not exceed $72,000. The following income limitations and percentage of relief apply:

    Gross Income Amount of Tax Relief
    $52,000 or less 100%
    $52,001 to $62,000 50%
    $62,001 to $72,000 25%
  • For each relative (other than spouse) residing in the dwelling, the first $6,500 of income may be excluded. There is no deduction for a relative who has no income. Disabled applicants may exclude the first $7,500 of income.

  • The total combined net assets of owners of the dwelling and of the spouse of any owner who resides in the dwelling may not be greater than $340,000 (not including the value of the home, its furnishings and up to one acre of land).

  • When the property is jointly owned and the co-owner is deceased, a certified copy of the death certificate must be provided.


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 What are the qualifications for personal property tax relief?

  • To qualify for personal property tax relief under the Tax Relief Program, the following requirements must be met:

  • The applicant must be a resident of Fairfax County.

  • The exempted vehicle must be owned and used primarily by an applicant who is at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled.

  • The gross income of the applicant may not exceed $22,000.

  • Disabled applicants may exclude the first $7,500 of income, i.e., an effective gross income of $29,500.

  • The total combined net assets of the applicant and spouse may not exceed $75,000.

  • Personal Property tax relief shall only be granted on one vehicle.

  • Personal Property tax relief on mobile homes applies only to those homes used as a full time residence.


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What are the qualifications to receive tax relief for renters?

  • To qualify for tax relief for renters under the Tax Relief Program, the following requirements must be met:

  • The applicant must be a resident of Fairfax County.

  • The applicant must be at least 65 years of age, or permanently and totally disabled.

  • Gross income from all sources of the persons residing in the dwelling may not exceed $22,000.

  • Relatives residing in the dwelling may exclude the first $6,500 of income. There is no deduction for a relative who has no income.

  • Permanently and totally disabled applicants may exclude the first $7,500 of income, i.e., an effective gross income of $29,500.

  • Total combined net assets of the applicant and spouse may not exceed $75,000.

  • The grant total is based on the amount of rent paid for the dwelling in the County during the grant year that exceeds 30% of income.

  • A copy of the lease agreement and rental receipts or cancelled checks for each month of the previous year documenting the amount of rent paid must be provided.


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When is the filing deadline?

  • Returning applicants must file between January 1 and April 1, 2014. However, first time filers have until December 31, 2014 to apply. Forgot to apply for 2013? Applications will be accepted based on hardship through December 31, 2014


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