If you are disabled or over 65 you may qualify for Fairfax County real estate and car tax relief. Residents must file an application for relief between January 1 and April 1, 2012 if they have filed before. New applicants have until December 31, 2012 to file.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR REAL ESTATE TAX RELIEF?
•To qualify for a Real Estate tax exemption under the Tax Relief Program, the following requirements must be met:
•The applicant 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:
Gross Income——————————————–Amount of Tax Relief
$52,000 or less ———————————————-100%
$52,001 to $62,000——————————————– 50%
$62,001 to $72,000———————————————25%
•For each relative (other than spouse) residing in the dwelling, the first $6,500 of income may be excluded. Disabled applicants 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 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.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR CAR TAX OR
PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
•To qualify for a Personal Property tax exemption under the Tax Relief Program, the following requirements must be met:
•The applicant must be a resident of Fairfax County.
•The exempted vehicle must be owned and used primarily by or for an applicant who is at least 65 years of age or an applicant found to be permanently and totally disabled.
•The gross income of the applicant may not exceed $22,000.
•Disabled applicants 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.
•Personal Property tax relief shall only be granted on one vehicle.
•Personal Property tax relief on mobile homes applies only to those homes used as a full time residence.
For more information contact the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration at