Tax Relief Program
Elderly & Disabled Tax Relief Program for Tax Year 2020/2021
The Real Estate Tax Relief Program for Elderly or Disabled persons provides for the reduction or exemption of real estate property taxes for the home and up to 10 acres of land for certain homeowners.
Appointments are not necessary to apply for this program. Applications may be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed. You may also pick up an application at the Department of Social Services Office located at 135 Hall Avenue. Further information and required documents can be obtained by calling (757) 514-4870 or (757) 514-4222.
The Department of Social Services determines eligibility only and will notify customers via mail of the eligibility decision. All questions related to payment timeframes, retroactive reimbursements, mortgage company billing, etc. should be referred to the Treasurer's Office at (757) 514-4275.
See the FAQs to the right for additional information related to the Elderly & Disabled Tax Relief Program.
Veterans Real Estate Tax Relief Program
The Commonwealth of Virginia exempts from taxation, the real property, including the joint real property of husband and wife, of any veteran who has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as having a 100% service connected, permanent and total disability and who occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence. The exemption from taxation for real property applies to the qualifying dwelling and also provides exemption of the real property from the land, not exceeding ten acres, upon which it is situated. Veterans only need to reapply for this benefit if his or her principal place of residence changes. Additionally, for Veterans Tax Relief, applications are taken all year and there are no date restrictions for said applications.
The surviving spouse of a veteran whose real estate taxes were exempted or would have been exempted also qualifies for the exemption, provided the death of the Veteran occurred on or after January 1, 2011, the surviving spouse continues to occupy the real property as his or her principal place of residence, and the surviving spouse does not remarry.
An exemption from taxation of real property for surviving spouses of members of the Armed Forces killed in action also applies to the principal place of residence. However, if the value of the dwelling is in excess of the average assessed value of single family residences, then the portion of the value in excess of that value will be subject to taxation.