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Commissioner of the Revenue
Timothy M. McPeters

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(804) 748-1281

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Commissioner of the Revenue
P.O. Box 124
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0908

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9901 Lori Road
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Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Real Estate Tax Relief for Veterans

In 2010, Virginia voters passed a constitutional amendment providing for a real estate exemption for military veterans with a 100% service-connected, total and permanent disability. Governor Bob McDonnell signed a bill into law that allows localities to offer the exemption. On April 27, 2011, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance providing for the exemption for real estate owned by a qualifying veteran as of January 1, 2011.

The following frequently asked questions should assist veterans in determining their qualification for the program.

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Veterans Tax Relief Application 

Commissioner of the Revenue, Tim McPeters, urges veterans who are unsure if they qualify to apply for the exemption. 

 Frequently Asked Questions 

Whom do I contact to apply for the Veteran’s Tax Relief Program?   

You should contact the Commissioner of the Revenue office at 804-748-1281. 

How do I apply for the Veteran’s Tax Relief Program?    

An application can be obtained by downloading the form, calling the office, or you can stop by the office to get one. 

How can I prove I am eligible to receive the tax relief?   

 Attach to your veteran’s tax relief application a copy of the Certificate of Disability that you receive from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The certificate must show that the veteran has a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability, and the date that total and permanent disability was granted.  

Do I have to file for this tax relief every year?   

 No. The tax relief is effective from January 1, 2013 or when the veteran was deemed to be disabled by the Department of Veteran Affairs.” The veteran had to be living as of January 1, 2011 in order to receive the veteran’s tax relief since this type of relief began January 1, 2011. 

What is the deadline date to file for this tax relief?   

 There is no immediate deadline date to file. If a veteran for some reason does not hear about the tax relief until next year and is eligible for the exemption, the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office can go back and allow the veteran to receive the tax relief. We are only able to grant relief for the current year, plus 3 years back, beginning January 1, 2011.

Does it matter whose name is on the deed?   

 Yes. The veteran must be an owner of the property and occupy it as his or her principal residence. Co-owners, other than a husband and wife, only get a percentage based on their percent of ownership.

What if I own multiple homes within the county, which home do I get the tax relief exemption for if I qualify?   

Only the home the veteran occupies as his or her principal residence will receive the tax relief exemption. 

What property does the tax relief exemption cover?   

The exemption will cover the real property taxes for the home and up to one acre of land upon which the home is situated.  

Can I get the tax relief if I own and live in a mobile home?   

Only if you have met the criteria needed for a mobile home to be converted to real property can the veteran receive the exemption.  A veteran must own and occupy as his or her principal residence a mobile home that is being taxed as real estate and own the real estate upon which the mobile home is situated.  

Can my spouse continue to receive the tax relief exemption after I am deceased?    

Yes, so long as the death of a veteran occurs on or after January 1, 2011, the surviving spouse does not remarry, and the surviving spouse continues to occupy the real property as his/her principal place of residence.  

Do I need to report any of my income to qualify for the veteran’s tax relief exemption?  

No.  This tax relief program is not based on the amount of income you receive each year.