Providence District Holds Tax Relief Workshops for Seniors


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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Feb. 7, 2005

Providence District Holds Tax Relief Workshops for Seniors

Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth to Host March 18 and April 14 Events

Looking for tax relief? Providence District senior citizens are invited to attend workshops about how to apply for real estate tax relief. Hosted by Fairfax County Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth, the March 18 and April 14 workshops will be held at her district office, 8739 Lee Highway, Fairfax. Personnel from the county’s Department of Tax Administration will be on hand from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on March 18 and from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on April 14 to help eligible seniors apply for relief.

To attend either one of the workshops, please make an appointment by calling Supervisor Smyth’s office at 703-560-6946, TTY 711. Reservations will be taken starting on Feb. 14 for the March 18 event and on March 22 for the April 14 event. Please contact Tania Hossain at 703-560-6946, TTY 711, for more information about these workshops.

Seniors looking for more information about real estate tax relief can call the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Tax relief applications can be obtained online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/pdf_files/2005taxrelief.pdf, and an affidavit of disability, for those who need one, can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/pdf_files/affidavitofdisability.pdf.

To qualify for real estate tax relief, seniors must file an application with the Department of Tax Administration no later than April 1, 2005, and meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be a resident of Fairfax County as of Dec. 31 of the previous year and reside in the dwelling.
  • The applicant must be at least 65 years of age, or permanently and totally disabled.
  • 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 $52,000.
  • The following income limitations and percentage of relief apply: 

    • Gross Income/Amount of Tax Relief
    • $40,000 or less/100 percent
    • $40,001 to $46,000/50 percent
    • $46,001 to $52,000/25 percent
       
  • For each relative (other than spouse) residing in the dwelling, the first $6,500 of income may be excluded. 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 many not be greater than $240,000. (Excluding the value of the dwelling and up to one acre of land where it is situated.)

  • 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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