Tax Relief & Exemptions

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Tax Relief office is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary if you need assistance filling out the application.

703-222-8234
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223
Fairfax, VA 22035

Justin Nejad,
Manager, Tax Relief

Tax Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities

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Fairfax County provides real estate tax relief and vehicle tax relief (only one vehicle per household) to citizens who are either 65 or older, or 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 and April 1. Some exceptions may be available if applications are filed late due to a hardship which prevented the application from being filed in 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, request by e-mail, or download the tax relief application from this website. 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 the spouse must be at least 65 years of age or older, or permanently and totally disabled.

The gross income from all sources of the owners of the dwelling and any relatives of the owners who reside in the dwelling 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.

For each relative (other than spouse) residing in the dwelling, the first $6,500 of income may be excluded. 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.

The total combined net assets of owners of the dwelling and of the spouse of any owner who resides in the dwelling may not be greater than $340,000, not including 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. Applicants who are permanently and totally disabled may exclude the first $7,500 of income, i.e., an effective gross income of $29,500.

The total combined net assets of the applicant and spouse may not exceed $75,000.

Tax relief on mobile homes applies only to those homes used as a full time residence.


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.

Gross income from all sources of the persons residing in the dwelling may not exceed $22,000. 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, i.e., an effective gross income of $29,500.

Total combined net assets of the applicant and spouse may not exceed $75,000.

The grant total is based on the amount of rent paid for the dwelling in the County during the grant year that exceeds 30% of income.

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