Hunter Mill District Tax Relief Workshop
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
Nov. 23, 2005
Hunter Mill District to Host Tax Relief Workshop for Seniors
Hunter Mill District seniors are invited to attend a workshop on how to apply for real estate tax relief on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Senior Lounge at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street, Vienna. Personnel from the county’s Department of Tax Administration will be on hand from 7 to 9 p.m. to help eligible seniors apply for tax relief. Attendees should bring all financial documentation related to their income and assets as of Dec. 31, 2004 (tax return for 2004; bank statement ending Dec. 31, 2004; current financial portfolio; proof of retirement pension, if applicable), so staff can help determine eligibility and assist with applications.
On Oct. 17, the Board of Supervisors approved an expansion of the Real Estate Tax Relief Program for the Elderly and Disabled. The change to this ordinance increases the net combined financial asset eligibility requirement from $240,000 to the state maximum of $340,000 for those who meet the age, disability and income requirements. The income limit also has been increased from $52,000 to the fixed state maximum of $72,000.
Fairfax County provides real estate tax relief to residents who are either 65 or older or who have permanent and total disabilities. The change in the ordinance is retroactive to all of tax year 2005. Existing applicants who have already been certified for some level of exemption do not need to reapply. The Department of Tax Administration will automatically review partial exemptions and adjust them as 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 also will re-examine any 2005 applications previously denied due to the existing income and asset limits. New applications still will have to be filed for the 2005 tax relief under the new limits, but the Board of Supervisors has extended the deadline to Dec. 31, 2006, for first-time applicants and hardship circumstances.
For more information or to attend the workshop, please call Martin Taylor at 703-478-0283, TTY 703-736-4460. Seniors looking for more information about real estate tax relief or an application 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 also are available 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.