Personal Property Tax Exemption: Disabled Veterans

Background

Section 6 of Article X of the Constitution of Virginia was amended effective January 1, 2021 to establish the exemption from local property taxation for one vehicle (i.e. car or truck) used primarily by or for a 100% service-connected, totally and permanently Disabled Veteran.  The vehicle may be owned (not leased) by the Disabled Veteran or their spouse.

Please read the requirements below to see if you qualify.

To receive an exemption, complete the 2021 Request for Tax Exemption application and provide supporting documentation as described below. Please submit the application at the Leesburg office, Sterling office or mail it to the address on the application. Supporting documentation can be submitted via email, but the original signature on the application must be submitted on paper.

The application and assistance is available during normal business hours at the Leesburg and Sterling offices. If you need assistance please email the Exemptions and Deferrals Division or call 703-737-8557.

Requirements

Disability

  • The United States Department of Veterans Affairs must have determined that the veteran has a 100% service-connected, total and permanent disability or a total disability rating based on individual unemployability due to a service-connected disability.
  • Documentation from the Department of Veterans Affairs must be provided with the first request.

Personal Property Ownership

  • The motor vehicle (i.e. car or truck) must be owned by the veteran and/or spouse.
  • Once a vehicle has been selected to receive the alternative tax rate, another vehicle (i.e. a replacement vehicle or a vehicle purchased mid-year) can only be selected if the original vehicle is disposed or sold.
  • In February each Disabled Veteran is mailed a form on which he/she can designate a different vehicle to receive the exemption for that tax year.
  • Leased vehicles and vehicles owned by a business will not qualify.

 Property Use

The vehicle must be used primarily by or for the veteran.