Tax Relief & Exemptions

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-222-8234
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 225.5
Fairfax, VA 22035

Justin Nejad,
Manager, Tax Relief

Tax Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities

The Tax Relief Office will be closed from Thursday, September 30th, through Tuesday, October 5th. If you need to speak with a Tax Relief Representative during this time, please email taxrelief@fairfaxcounty.gov or call us at (703) 222-8234. We are available weekdays 8am to 4:30pm. 


 

Tax Relief Applications and Fliers

 

Fairfax County provides real estate  tax relief and vehicle tax relief (only one vehicle per household) to citizens who are either 65 or older, permanently and totally disabled, and meet the income and asset eligibility requirements. Qualified taxpayers may also be eligible for tax relief for renters.

Returning applicants must file between January 1, 2021 and May 3, 2021. Some exemptions may be available if applications are filed late due to hardship which prevented the application from being filed on time. Detailed requests for hardship waivers must be submitted in writing to the Department of Tax Administration.

For an application, call 703-222-8234; Español 703-324-3855, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday or request by e-mail. Those with hearing impairments may call TTY 711.

Qualifications for Real Estate Tax Relief

To qualify for real estate tax relief, you must be at least 65 years of age, or permanently and totally disabled. Applicants who turn 65 or become permanently and totally disabled during the year of application may also qualify for tax relief on a prorated basis.

If the dwelling is jointly owned by an applicant and spouse, either the applicant or spouse must be at least 65 years of age or older, or permanently and totally disabled.

To apply for real estate tax relief for the current year, applicants must provide the gross household income from all sources of the owners of the dwelling and any relatives of the owner who reside in the dwelling from the immediately preceding year, The total combined income may not exceed $72,000. The following income limitations and percentage of relief apply:

  • If your gross income is $52,000 or less, you are eligible for 100% relief.
  • If your gross income is $52,001 to $62,000, you are eligible for 50% relief.
  • If your gross income is $62,001 to $72,000, you are eligible for 25% relief.

Non-owning relatives, other than the spouse, residing in the dwelling shall exclude the first $6,500 of his/her income. There is no deduction for a relative who has no income. Applicants who are permanently and totally disabled may exclude the first $7,500 of income. Relatives (other than spouse) who are permanently and totally disabled and receive income due to their disability, may exclude this income from the total combined income.

The total combined net assets of owners of the dwelling and of the spouse of any owner who resides in the dwelling may not exceed $340,000, of the preceding year for which relief is sought. This does not include the value of the home, its furnishings and the homesite (up to one acre of land).

When the property is jointly owned and the co-owner is deceased, a certified copy of the death certificate must be provided.

Qualifications for Vehicle ("Car") Tax Relief

To qualify for vehicle ("car") tax relief under the Tax Relief Program, you must be at least 65 years of age, or permanently and totally disabled, as of January 1 of the application year and reside in Fairfax County. The exempted vehicle must be owned and used primarily by the applicant. Tax relief will only be granted on one vehicle.

The gross income of the applicant may not exceed $22,000. Income shall be computed by combining the gross income of the preceding year for the owner(s) of the vehicle and his/her spouse, irrespective of how the vehicle is titled. The gross income of any person who is permanently and totally disabled shall not exceed $29,500.

The total combined net assets of the applicant and spouse may not exceed $75,000 as of December 31 of the preceding year for which relief is sought.

Qualifications to Receive Tax Relief for Renters

To qualify for tax relief for renters under the Tax Relief Program, you must be at least 65 years of age, or permanently and totally disabled, and reside in Fairfax County.

The gross income of the applicant and any relatives residing in the dwelling may not exceed $22,000. Income shall be computed by combining the gross income from all sources of the preceding year. Relatives residing in the dwelling may exclude the first $6,500 of income. There is no deduction for a relative who has no income. Applicants who are permanently and totally disabled may exclude the first $7,500 of income.

Total combined net assets of the applicant and spouse may not exceed $75,000 as of December 31 of the preceding year for which relief is sought.

To receive relief, applicants must pay 30% or more of their gross income towards his/her rent. This amount may be prorated based upon the length of residence in the county during the application year.

A copy of the lease agreement and rental receipts or cancelled checks for each month of the preceding year documenting the amount of rent paid must be provided.

Applicants residing in and owning a mobile home located on land for which rent is paid may be granted either rent relief on the land or personal property relief.

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