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2014 Real Property Tax Relief for Veterans with 100% Service-Connected Disability

For calendar year 2011 and subsequent years, the City will offer a full real estate tax exemption to any veteran who has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor agency pursuant to federal law to have a 100 percent service-connected, permanent and total disability, and who occupies the real property as his/her primary place of residence. The surviving spouse of a veteran eligible for the exemption may also qualify.

NOTE: Anyone receiving an exemption under this program in 2011, 2012, or 2013 need not reapply this year unless there has been a material change in the circumstances relating to the applicant's qualifications for the exemption, such as a change in the veteran's disability rating, the death of the veteran, or a change in the applicant's primary residence. In the event that the veteran receiving an exemption in 2011, 2012, or 2013 has passed away, his or her surviving spouse may still qualify for tax exemption. (See below.)

Disability Rating

A veteran is considered to have a 100 percent service-connected disability if:

  • The veteran's disability is rated at 100%; or
  • The veteran's service-connection is rated at less than 100%, but the veteran is paid at the 100% disability rate due to unemployability.

NOTE: Under either standard, the disability must be considered total and permanent. Veterans with temporary disabilities, no matter how severe, do not qualify.

Program Requirements

Disabled Veterans 

In order to receive this exemption, a disabled veteran must meet the following qualifications:

  • The veteran must have a 100% service-connected, permanent and total disability.
  • The residence for which the veteran is seeking tax exemption must be his or her primary residence. (Proof of residence, such as a state tax return, may be requested.)
  • The property must be deeded in the name of the veteran or the veteran and his or her spouse. (Residences deeded in the name of a trust do not qualify.)
  • The veteran's spouse, if applicable, must also be identified.

Surviving Spouses 

In order to receive this exemption, a disabled veteran's surviving spouse must meet the following qualifications:

  • The surviving spouse must be able to meet the standards above for the deceased veteran's disability certification.
  • As above, the residence must be deeded in the name of the veteran or the veteran and surviving spouse.
  • The surviving spouse must continue to reside in the primary residence.
  • The veteran must have died on or after January 1, 2011.
  • The surviving spouse must not be remarried.

This exemption has no means test (it is not based on the applicant’s income or assets). However, certain documentation must be submitted in order to qualify. The exemption is effective beginning on and after January 1, 2011. Taxes assessed for years prior to this date are not eligible for exemption.  

To obtain required disability documentation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), simply complete VA Form 21-4138 and fax this to the VA at 540-597-1792; or mail this form to:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Regional Office
210 Franklin Rd SW
Roanoke, VA 24011
  
 

www.vba.va.gov/ro/roanoke/rlc  

By law, disability documentation must come from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It is not sufficient just to submit a medical certification from your private physician.   

  • After receiving the required VA documentation, simply download the City of Alexandria Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief application and documentation to the address on the application.  

Required Documentation

All applicants must provide certification of the veteran's disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor agency. Surviving spouses applying for the exemption must also provide a copy of the veteran’s death certificate.

Filing an Application

Although there is no deadline to file the application, the City encourages applicants to submit their applications in time for them to be received or postmarked no later than June 15.

2014 Veterans' Tax Relief Information and Application (PDF)

Applicants wishing to receive an application by mail may contact:

Tax Services
301 King Street, Room 1700
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.3901, Option 6
Email:
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Further Information

Information and application assistance are available by phone or email at:

Tax Services
703.746.3901, Option 6
Email:
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In person application assistance is available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, at:

Tax Services
301 King Street, Room 1700
Alexandria, VA 22314

301 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.3900
Fax: 703.838.4987
E-mail

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.