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Real Estate Tax Relief Overview
Real Estate Tax Relief Applications: Accepted January 1st - May 15th
The below criteria are the basic eligibility requirements for the Real Estate Tax Relief Program:
- Must be at least 65 years of age or totally and permanently disabled; AND
- Must own and live in the home to be exempt - the program also applies to mobile homes; AND
- Combined household income cannot exceed $62,000 per year; AND
- Combined net worth of owners, exclusive of the home, cannot exceed $350,000.
The exemption is granted to eligible applicants on an annual basis. An applicant must reapply for eligibility no later than May 15 of each taxable year.
If you feel that you meet the basic eligibility requirements of our program, please call one of our four offices listed below to set up a personal appointment. We are happy to explain to you which documents and information will be necessary to complete the application process.
- Appointments for first-time applicants are taken at our main office in City Hall at 306 Cedar Road.
- Appointments for existing applicants are taken at all office locations.
- Appointments are taken at our satellite offices only on certain dates. Please call for the dates.
State and local taxes can sometimes be confusing, so please let us know if we can ever be of assistance to you. We look forward to serving you.
Commissioner of the Revenue
Tax Relief Forms
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for real estate tax relief?
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 2022 Real Estate tax Relief Application for NEW APPLICANTS
Is the information contained in my application kept confidential?
Yes. All information is strictly confidential and not open to public inspection.
Do I have to reapply each year?
Yes. Tax relief is granted on an annual basis. An applicant must reapply for eligibility each year.
What is the deadline for applying?
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.
Do I have to live in the property to be exempted?
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.
Is there an age requirement?
Senior Citizens: Owner(s) must be at least 65 years of age on or before June 30 of the year in which the application is made. The spouse of an applicant can be under the age of 65.
Disabled Citizens: There is no minimum age requirement for an owner who is permanently and totally disabled.
What proof is needed to establish the fact that a person is permanently and totally disabled?
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.
What is the maximum amount of income that I can have to be eligible?
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.
What is the percentage of tax relieved based on income?
Combined Income % of Tax Relieved $ 0 - $22,000 100% $22,001 - $23,500 90% $23,501 - $25,000 80% $25,001 - $26,500 70% $26,501 - $28,000 60% $28,001 - $29,500 50% $29,501 - $31,000 40% $31,001 - $33,500 30% $33,501 - $36,500 20% $36,501 - $44,000 10% $44,001 - $62,000 No Increase In Tax Liability*
*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 1) a qualified applicant’s assessment is reduced, 2) the tax rate is reduced and/or 3) an existing applicant qualifies for a higher percentage of relief as compared to a prior year.
What are some examples of income?
Wages, Social Security, annuities, pensions, disability income, interest, dividends, IRA and 401(k) distributions, business income, farm income, income from rental property, and income from roomers or boarders.
What is the maximum amount of resources that I can have?
The owner(s) net worth, not counting the value of the home and a maximum of three acres of land upon which it sits, cannot exceed $350,000.
What are some examples of resources?
Real estate other than the residence, bank accounts, trusts, certificates of deposit, stocks, IRAs, bonds, cash value of life insurance policies, and value of personal property such as automobiles.
If I die, do my heirs have to repay the amount of taxes relieved?
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.
In order to apply, does the real estate have to be "free and clear"?
No. If there is a mortgage on the property, you are still eligible to apply for real estate tax relief.
Are mobile homes eligible to be considered for 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.