Tax Relief & Exemptions

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jay Doshi,

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

The surviving spouse of a veteran who has been killed in action may be eligible for a full or partial exemption of real estate taxes for their principal residence and up to one acre of land. (Code of Virginia, Title 58.1, Chapter 32, Article 2.4, Exemption for Surviving Spouses of Members of the Armed Forces Killed in Action)

You are not eligible for this tax exemption if you have remarried.

Required Documentation: (Exemption cannot be processed without this documentation)

  • Documentation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that verifies the veteran was killed in action, as determined by the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Copy of the veteran's death certificate

The exemption applies to a dwelling with an assessed value in the most recently ended tax year that does not exceed the countywide average assessed value for dwellings zoned as single family residential. If the assessed value of your dwelling exceeds the countywide average assessed value, you will receive a partial exemption. See the application for more details about the average assessed value for the current year.

Taxes levied prior to Jan.1, 2015 are not eligible for exemption. Land exceeding one acre, structures not attached to the house, refuse fees, and water fees are not eligible for exemption.

This exemption has no means test (it is not based on the applicant's income or assets).

The Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (DTA) will review your application and contact you directly if more information is required. Otherwise, you will receive written certification once your application and exemption have been approved. If your real estate taxes are paid through your mortgage lender, you will need to contact your mortgage company and send a copy of the exemption certification.

Every effort will be made to review and approve qualified applicants as soon as possible. If necessary, the payment deadline can be deferred while the application is under review. If payment is made first, approved applications will result in a refund in accordance with the law.