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The application process involves the applicant supplying documentation of the household’s gross income, owners' resources, and other official papers as required. First-time applicants can apply by completing the 2023 Real Estate Tax Relief Application for New Applicants (PDF).
Yes. All information is strictly confidential and not open to public inspection.
Yes. Tax relief is granted on an annual basis. An applicant must reapply for eligibility each year.
To be eligible for the real estate tax relief program, you must apply each year between January 1 and May 15. The final deadline for accepting applications is May 15. If you are eligible, relief will be applied to your real estate tax bills due on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 5 of the following fiscal year.
Yes. The applicant seeking relief must own and occupy the property. An exception is allowed for persons living in nursing homes, hospitals, or convalescent homes for physical or mental care so long as their property is not being used by or rented to others for monetary consideration.
Certification is required from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Railroad Retirement Board, or the Social Security Administration. If an applicant is not eligible for certification by any of these agencies, there must be sworn affidavits provided by two medical doctors licensed to practice medicine in Virginia. One of these affidavits must be based upon a physical examination. The Medical Affidavit is a form that must be obtained from the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office or the website.
The gross combined household income during the calendar year preceding the taxable year cannot exceed $62,000 (excluding the first $10,000 of income for an owner who is certified as permanently disabled). Total household income includes income of the owner(s) and all individuals living in the home. Some exclusions may apply.
Note: No Increase In Tax Liability means due to a change in assessed value or tax rate, a qualified applicant’s taxes will not increase. A decrease in tax liability can occur if:
The owner(s) net worth, not counting the value of the home and a maximum of three (3) acres of land upon which it sits, cannot exceed $350,000.
No. Chesapeake operates an exemption program. Senior citizens and disabled persons who meet the eligibility criteria are granted relief from all or part of their real estate taxes. No repayment of the taxes which are exempted is ever required by you or your heirs.
No. If there is a mortgage on the property, you are still eligible to apply for real estate tax relief.
Yes. Mobile homes qualify if owned by the applicant, whether or not the land is owned by the applicant. For purposes of this program, mobile homes are eligible for tax relief as real estate, and the same qualifications apply.