Public Hearing to Be Held Oct. 17 on Tax Relief Changes


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Sept. 16, 2005

 

Public Hearing to Be Held Oct. 17 on Tax Relief Changes

At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized county staff to schedule and advertise a public hearing regarding proposed tax relief changes. The hearing will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. in the Government Center Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

At the public hearing, residents will be allowed to voice their opinions on an expansion of the Real Estate Tax Relief Program for the Elderly and Disabled. If the change to the ordinance is approved, the net combined financial asset eligibility requirement will increase from $240,000 to the state maximum of $340,000 for those who meet the age, disability and income requirements. The income limit would also be increased from $52,000 to the fixed state maximum of $72,000. These adjustments are estimated to increase participation in the program by more than 50 percent.

Fairfax County provides real estate tax relief to citizens who are either 65 or older or who have permanent and total disabilities. Those who owned and occupied their residences in Fairfax County as of Dec. 31 of the preceding year may qualify for real estate tax relief from the county if they meet certain income and financial worth qualifications. The current and proposed limits are shown below:

Current County Tax Relief Program

Total Household Income *
Amount of Relief
Net Assets **
$40,000 and below
100 percent
$240,000
$40,001 - $46,000
50 percent
$240,000
$46,001 - $52,000
25 percent
$240,000

Proposed Tax Relief at State Maximum

Total Household Income *
Amount of Relief
Net Assets **
$52,000 and below
100 percent
$340,000
$52,001-$62,000
50 percent
$340,000
$62,001-$72,000
25 percent
$340,000


* County code excludes $6,500 of the income of relatives, other than the spouse or owner, who reside in the household. The code also excludes $7,500 of any income received by an applicant who is permanently and totally disabled.

** The value of the residence, up to one acre of land and household furnishings, is not included in the calculation of net assets.

If the ordinance is adopted on Oct. 17, the tax relief changes will be retroactive to all of tax year 2005. Existing applicants who have already been certified for some level of real estate tax relief for 2005 will not need to reapply. The Department of Tax Administration will automatically review partial exemptions and adjust them as may be applicable for the second installment due in December. Any applicable refunds associated with the 2005 first installment tax bill will be processed in December.

The Department of Tax Administration will also re-examine any 2005 applications previously denied due to the existing income and asset limits. New applicants will still have to file for 2005 tax relief under the new limits should the Board of Supervisors approve the proposed changes.

Applications can be obtained by calling 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594, or online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/pdf_files/2005TaxRelief.pdf. If the proposed changes are adopted following the public hearing, applications for first-time filers or for documented hardship circumstances will be accepted for 2005 tax relief until Dec. 31, 2006.

Residents interested in speaking at the public hearing should contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors at 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903, or ClerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov.

For more information, call the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594, or visit its Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta.



 

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