1.  The property owner must be at least 65 years of age or determined to be permanently or totally disabled by December 31st of the year preceding the year for which assistance in required.

2.  As of December 31st of the year preceding the tax year for which assistance is requested, the taxpayer must be a Richmond County resident and said property must be occupied as the sole dwelling for the taxpayer.  The taxpayer may be temporarily in the hospital, nursing home, etc, and still qualify for relief.  If the residence is occupied by someone else while the taxpayer is away, it is not considered a temporary condition.

3.  The total combined income from all sources of the taxpayer, spouse and all occupants living in the home may not exceed $20,000 in the year preceding the tax year for which assistance is requested; however, the first $4,000 of income of each occupant (excluding the spouse) living in the home with the homeowner may be excluded in computing income.

4.  The net combined financial worth of the owner and spouse may not exceed $100,000.  The value of the house and one acre of land, which is occupied by the taxpayer, is not included in computing the net worth.  Checking, savings account, stocks, bonds, vehicles and additional real estate are some items that would apply in computing net worth.

5.  Taxpayers seeking assistance must file annually.  Applications must be filed between February 1st and May 1st of each year for which relief is sought. 

6.  Persons under the age of 65 claiming the exemption must present certification from the Veterans Administration, the Railroad Retirement Board, Social Security Administration or a sworn affidavit by two medical doctors to the effect that such person is permanently and totally disabled.  The affidavit of a least one doctor will be based upon a physical examination.


7.  No application shall be approved for property on which any delinquent taxes remain unpaid as of August 1 in the year in which the application is submitted.



TAX RELIEF FOR DISABLED VETERANS:                                           

Pursuant to Article X, Section 6-A of the Constitution of Virginia, the General Assembly exempted from taxation the real property, including the joint real property of husband and wife, of 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 set forth in this Article shall also qualify for the exemption, so long as the death of the Veteran occurred 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 primary place of residence.


The Veteran or Surviving Spouse claiming the exemption under this Article shall file with the Commissioner of the Revenue an Application, including Certification:

(a) setting forth the name of the disabled Veteran and the name of the Spouse (if any) also occupying the real property,

(b) indicating whether the real property is jointly owned by the husband and wife,

(c) certifying that the real property is occupied as the primary residence by either the Veteran or Surviving Spouse (if applicable), and

(d) certifying that the Surviving Spouse (if applicable) has not remarried. 

The Veteran or Surviving Spouse shall also provide documentation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor indicating that the Veteran has a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability.  The Veteran shall only be required to re-file the required information if the Veteran’s primary residence changes.  If a Surviving Spouse of a Veteran is applying for the exemption, the Surviving Spouse shall also provide documentation that the Veteran’s death occurred on or after January 1, 2011.


  • Disability of Veteran must be 100% service-connected AND permanent AND total.
  • Residence must be Veteran’s primary residence (proof, such as resident State tax return, may be requested).
  • Spouse (if applicable) must also be identified.
  • Deceased Veteran (if applicable) must have died on or after January 1, 2011.
  • Surviving Spouse (if applicable) must not be remarried.
  • Surviving Spouse (if applicable) must continue to reside in primary residence.



  • Certification of disability being:  (a) 100% service-connected, AND (b) permanent, AND (c) total.
  • (If applicable) Copy of Veteran’s death certificate showing death occurred on or after January 1, 2011.



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