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Tax Relief for SURVIVING SPOUSES OF DECEASED DISABLED VETERANS

Surviving spouses of deceased Disabled Veterans who meet certain criteria may be granted relief from real estate taxes on a home and up to one acre of land it occupies and the solid waste fee.  There are no income or net worth requirements for real estate tax relief for qualifying surviving spouses of disabled veterans.

If the Disabled Veteran met the eligibility criteria for tax relief, the surviving spouse may qualify for the exemption if:

  • The death of the veteran occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2011.

  • The surviving spouse does not remarry. 

  • The surviving spouse must occupy the original qualifying real property as his/her principal place of residence.  Currently, the exemption will not apply if the surviving spouse moves to a different residence.  Pending legislation could change this. 

  • For additional eligibility criteria, please contact the Real Estate Assessments Office at 703-792-6780.

TAX RELIEF FOR:

SURVIVING SPOUSES OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES KILLED IN ACTION

and

SURVIVING SPOUSES OF CERTAIN PERSONS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Surviving spouses of Members of the Armed Forces of the United States Killed in Action and Surviving Spouses of Certain Persons Killed in the Line of Duty who meet certain criteria may be granted relief from all or part of the real estate taxes on a home and up to one acre of land it occupies and the solid waste fee.  Certain Persons Killed in the Line of Duty is defined in the Code of Virginia.  (Section 9.1-400 of the Code of Virginia, as amended) There are no income or net worth requirements for real estate tax relief for qualifying surviving spouses of members of the Armed Forces or qualifying surviving spouses of certain persons killed in the line of duty.

Eligibility criteria for the exemption include: 

  • The applicant must provide documentation from the U.S. Department of Defense indicating the spouse was a member of the Armed Forces killed in action or evidence of the determination of the Comptroller or the Virginia Retirement System pursuant to subsection A of § 9.1-403 of the Code of Virginia, as amended and documentation that he is the surviving spouse of a covered person and of the date that the covered person died. 

  • The surviving spouse does not remarry.

  • The surviving spouse must occupy the property as his/her principal place of residence.

  • For additional eligibility criteria, please contact the Real Estate Assessments Office at 703-792-6780.

For questions about tax relief for surviving spouses, please contact the Real Estate Assessments Office at 703-792-6780 or realestate@pwcgov.org.

   2018 Surviving Spouse Brochure

   2018 First Time Application for Surviving Spouse of Members of the Armed Forces Killed in Action

   2018 Surviving Spouse Tax Relief Recertification Form

   2018 First Time Application for Surviving Spouse of Certain Persons Killed in the Line of Duty 

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