The forms shown below are available in the PDF format. You may need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view and print these forms.
Completed forms should be mailed to:
Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223
Fairfax, VA 22035
We are working to expand our secure environment so in the future you can complete and submit additional forms electronically to the Department of Tax Administration.
Vehicle Tax/Personal Property Tax Forms
For more information regarding the vehicle tax, please see the Vehicle Tax section.
Use this form to register a vehicle. New residents or those registering a motor vehicle for the first time must register their vehicle within 60 days after purchase or entry into the County. Simply download this form and mail it to the address above. Alternatively, you may register by phone, in person at the Government Center, or using our online vehicle registration tool. Boats, boat motors, trailers, mobile homes, and airplanes that are parked or normally kept in the County as of January 1 each year must be reported by May 1.
Use this form if your vehicle was in less than average condition or if your vehicle has excessive mileage as of January 1 and you wish to appeal to the Department of Tax Administration.
This document lists the requirements for a Letter of Authorization (LOA) that must be submitted by anyone acting as an agent for a vehicle owner in Fairfax County. No confidential information can be discussed or released without a valid LOA on file.
Use this form to apply for military exemption from the Vehicle ("Car") Tax.
See our Taxation of the Military page for more information regarding military exemptions.
Use this form to apply for the reduced Vehicle Tax rate for qualifying disabled veterans. See our Military Tax Obligations and Tax Rates page for more information regarding this reduced rate.
Please note, if you are also applying for the Disabled Veterans Real Estate Exemption, you do not need to submit this form. Our office will apply the lower Vehicle Tax rate without a separate application, if you qualify.
Use this form to report ownership of a mobile home in Fairfax County. This form shall be submitted to the Department of Tax Administration within 60 days of the date the mobile home was purchased or moved into Fairfax County, in order to avoid a penalty of 10% or $10 (whichever is greater).
Real Estate Forms
For more information regarding the real estate tax, please see the Real Estate Tax section.
Use this form if you believe that your real estate has been over-assessed in comparison with similar properties or in relation to fair market value and you wish to appeal to the Department of Tax Administration.
For more information, please see the Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals page.
Use this form if you are being represented by an agent/agency in matters involving the assessment of real estate.
Use this form if you believe that your real estate has been over-assessed in comparison with similar properties or in relation to fair market value and you wish to appeal to the BOE. For more information on the Board of Equalization and appeals, go to the Board of Equalization homepage.
By law, appeals to the Board of Equalization must be postmarked by June 1 each year, or the next business day if June 1 falls on a weekend or holiday.
For Commercial Properties Only - If you are filing for multiple parcels within the same appeal, please complete the application and this spreadsheet. Please contact the BOE administrative assistant at 703-324-4891 for additional assistance regarding this spreadsheet.
♦ 2017 Commercial Income and Expense Survey Forms and Instructions
Please download the appropriate commercial survey form by property type for Office/Retail, Industrial, Hotel and Apartment Projects to report the annual income and expenses for 2016. Surveys must be completed and returned no later than April 3, 2017.
If you have any questions regarding other property types or need assistance completing this form, please Contact Us.
Use this form to apply for an exemption to your real estate property tax. The Virginia Constitution generally requires that all real property shall be taxed, but state law does provide certain exemptions. The burden of showing that an exemption applies is on the person who seeks exemption.
Use this form to apply for the exemption for qualifying disabled veterans and their surviving spouses from local real estate tax on the principle residence.
Please refer to our Disabled Veterans Exemption page for additional information, instructions for applying, and documentation that must be submitted along with this application.
Use this form to apply for the real estate tax exemption on the principal residence for the surviving spouse of a veteran killed in action.
Please refer to our Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Veteran Killed in Action page for additional information, instructions for applying, and documentation that must be submitted along with this application.
Business Tax Forms
For more information regarding business taxes & licensing fees, please see the Business section.
Use this form to report business personal property, other than vehicles, including furniture and fixtures, machinery and tools, and computer equipment. Instructions for completing the Business Personal Property Tax Filing are in the Business Personal Property Tax Brochure (below).
♦ 2018 Business Personal Property Tax Brochure
Please refer to this brochure for general information and instructions on how to complete the Business Personal Property Tax Filing Form.
If you are a new business and are applying for a Business, Professional and Occupational License for the first time, use this form to apply. If this is NOT your first time applying for a license, please contact our office to have the correct form sent to you. Businesses, professions, trades, and occupations must file. Individuals engaging in most home occupations and self employment must also file if gross receipts exceed $10,000. Instructions for completing the BPOL application are contained in the BPOL Instructions Sheet.
For more information on BPOL requirements, please see the following pages: Business Taxes - BPOL.
Form is to be used by contractors exempt from the requirement to submit a state contractor’s license, or by architects and engineers exempt from providing a copy of their state professional license when applying for a Fairfax County Business, Professional & Occupational License (BPOL).
This worksheet is to be used as an attachment to the business license application to identify exclusions and detail certain adjustments that are allowed by the Fairfax County Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) Ordinance (Article 7, Article 7.1, Article 7.2) and the Code of Virginia, Title 58.1.
The Virginia General Assembly has instituted provisions that provide taxpayers with an option for problem resolution, without incurring the time and expense associated with legal proceedings. Any person or business assessed a business, professional and occupational license (BPOL), machinery and tools or business tangible property tax may seek a review of their assessment. To be entitled to these provisions, you must first file an appeal in accordance with the process outlined in this document.
This document outlines the requirements that must be included in a Letter of Authorization for any business owners that are being represented by an agent or agency in matters involving the assessment or appeal of local business taxes.
For more information about these requirements, call 703-222-8234, [TTY 711].
The Fairfax County Code requires certain types of businesses to pay a license tax in addition to any tax, which may be due under the Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) Ordinance. (Ex: Auto Graveyard, Bondsman, Dance Hall, etc.)
If you are uncertain if your business needs this additional license, please contact our office at 703-222-8234, [TTY 711] for assistance.
♦ Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)
In February 2004, the Virginia General Assembly adopted a new section to the Code of Virginia, §58.1-3824. This section allows Fairfax County to impose a Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) at a rate of 4% (the existing 2%, plus 2% for Tourism promotion). The revenue derived from the additional 2% is used to help promote tourism and fund a non-profit convention and visitor’s center in Fairfax County in accordance with the provisions of the State law.
Effective July 1, 2013, a new 2% Regional Transient Occupancy tax was imposed in localities in Northern Virginia, to include Fairfax County. The new Regional Transient Occupancy tax is a state tax, but pursuant to the Code of Virginia, §58.1-1742, this tax will be administered and collected by the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (DTA), in the same manner as our current local Transient Occupancy Tax authorized by Code of Virginia, §58.1-3819.
Questions regarding this change may be sent to the Personal Property and Business License Division or by calling 703-222-8234, [TTY 711].
The Fairfax County Code Chapter 4, Article 21, requires certain types of businesses to pay a short term daily rental tax in additional to any taxes that may be due under the Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) Ordinance. The ordinance provides the levying in the amount of 1% of the total gross proceeds. Short term rental businesses are from transactions involving rental periods of ninety-two (92) consecutive days or less.
If you are uncertain if your business needs to file this additional tax, please contact our office at 703-222-8234 [TTY 711] for assistance.
This application for tax exemption in Fairfax County is to be used by nonprofit charitable, educational, or recreational organizations only. To be exempt, an organization must meet the requirements for exemption as set by the Code of Virginia and the Code of County of Fairfax.
Please contact Manju Arora at 703-324-4625 for information.
Form is to be used if permanently ceasing to engage in a business, profession, trade, occupation or calling within Fairfax County during a year for which a license tax has already been paid.
This form must be used to request exemption from personal property taxes for vehicles owned or leased AND used by churches and religious organizations for charitable, religious, and educational purposes.
Fairfax County now offers the option to prepay personal property taxes through automatic installments debited electronically from your bank account. This installment program is also available for real estate tax payments, unless you already pay those taxes through monthly escrows to mortgage companies. Please follow instructions on this form to apply. There is no service charge for this program.
Use this form to apply for tax relief under the County's Tax Relief Program for Seniors and People with Disabilities. If you are applying for tax relief for the first time as permanently and totally disabled, you may need to provide a completed Affidavit of Disability--refer to the application for more information. If you are applying for real estate tax relief for the first time in 2018, you may also apply for 2017 tax relief providing you meet all eligibility requirements. First time applicants have until December 31, 2018 to submit the 2017 tax relief application.
Use this form to obtain a license for your dog. All dogs four months of age or older must be licensed.
More information on dog licenses is available.
Use this form to apply for the tax exemption. Completed forms need to be submitted to Land Development Services. See exemption details here.