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Military Personnel - Personal Property Tax
Exemption for Active Duty Military Personnel and their spouses who are NOT Residents of Prince William County or Virginia
Active duty military personnel living in Prince William County who are legal residents of a state other than Virginia are exempt in Prince William County. To receive the exemption, a copy of the vehicle registration and Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) must be mailed in or presented at one of our branch offices.

Effective Nov. 11, 2009, Personal property jointly and solely owned by nonmilitary spouses will not be subject to personal property taxation in the County as long as they claim for the domicile the same state and residence as their service member spouse claims.

Military Personnel Whose Legal Residence is Virginia ARE NOT Exempt
Active duty military personnel who claim Virginia as their legal residence are NOT exempt from the personal property tax and registration/license fee. All personal property subject to the tax must be reported and the tax paid on these items regardless of where the property is located during the year. Active duty military personnel who are residents of Virginia, but of a County other than Prince William, must show proof of filing in that County to avoid paying personal property taxes in Prince William.

Leased Property

As of tax year 2016, United States active duty military and/or their spouse with out-of-state legal residency leasing a vehicle qualify for personal property tax relief up to the vehicle's taxable value of $20,000. Any value over $20,000 will be taxed at the regular personal property tax rate.

Prior to tax year 2016, vehicles leased by a military person or property leased jointly by active duty members and their spouses, or other nonmilitary persons and located in Prince William County did not qualify for exemption or tax relief.

Retired Military Personnel
Personal property owned or co-owned by retired military personnel does not qualify for exemption. Military personnel who retire during the year and continue to live in Prince William County become liable for personal property tax from the date of retirement. These persons have 60 days from the date of retirement in which to file on all personal property owned and located in Prince William County. 


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