Real Estate Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Veteran Killed in Action

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, if you are a surviving spouse of a veteran who has been killed in action, you may be eligible to be exempted (not pay) real estate taxes on your home and up to 1 acre in Virginia, as long as it is your principal residence. You are not eligible for this tax exemption if you have remarried.

Note: In addition to the application, you will also need to provide documentation from the U.S.Department of Veteran's Affairs that verifies that the veteran was killed in action, as determined by the U.S. Department of Defense. You will also need to provide a copy of the veteran's death certificate.

According to state law "the exemption applies to a dwelling with an assessed value in the most recently ended tax year that does not exceed the average assessed value for such year for dwellings in the locality that are zoned as single family residential. The exemption would apply for the house and the land upon which it is situated, not exceeding one acre."

This exemption was approved by Virginia voters by referendum in the Nov. 4, 2014 election.

For more information, contact the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (DTA) at or call 703-222-8234 (TTY 711).

Information about Military Tax Obligations

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