More People Now Qualify for Real Estate Tax Relief

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Oct. 21, 2005

More People Now Qualify for Real Estate Tax Relief

On Oct. 17, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved an increase to the amount of net assets that applicants may have from $240,000 to the state maximum of $340,000 (not including the value of the home, its furnishings and up to one acre of land). The income limit was increased from $52,000 to the fixed state maximum of $72,000. The real estate tax relief changes are retroactive to all of tax year 2005, and the board also extended the deadline to apply for 2005 until Dec. 31, 2006, for first-time filers and cases of hardship

Fairfax County provides real estate tax relief to seniors who are either 65 or older and people with disabilities. Seniors and those who are permanently and totally disabled 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 the following income and financial worth qualifications:


Gross Household
Amount of
Net Combined
Financial Worth**
$52,000 or less
$52,001 $62,000
$62,001 $72,000
100 percent
50 percent
25 percent
Up to $340,000
Up to $340,000
Up to $340,000

* County Code excludes $6,500 of the income of relatives, other than the spouse or owner who resides 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 are not included in the “net combined financial worth.”

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 based on the new income and asset limits.

Applications can be obtained by calling 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594, or online at


To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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