COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program Application Deadline Extended to Nov. 30

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

​The Department of Human Services will continue to accept applications for the COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program through Nov. 30. The relief program, which was established by City Council earlier this year, aims to provide direct assistance to households where an occupant has been financially impacted through loss of employment, reduction in work hours, or has been furloughed because of COVID-19. A check for the eligible relief amount will be mailed to approved applicants.

"We have received a steady stream of applications for this program since it began in July, and we will continue offering it to help those who have been financially impacted by the pandemic in our community," said Deidria Bolden, deputy director of social services.

A maximum relief of $500 for residential real estate taxes and $250 for personal property tax has been established for eligible households. The amount of relief will be the billed total, or the benefit maximum, whichever is lower. Each household could potentially receive both benefits for a maximum relief amount of $750.

Only one application may be filed per household. Any impacted household, whether they have paid their tax bill or not, is encouraged to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements. Self-employed individuals or gig workers may be eligible if they are able to provide sufficient documentation of loss of work.

To be eligible for consideration, potential beneficiaries must:

  • Provide proof of eligibility criteria
  • Have established Virginia Beach residency as of March 1, 2020
  • Be unemployed, furloughed, or reduced in hours at any time after March 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Provide a copy of their 2020 real estate and/or personal property tax bills

Potential beneficiaries may only claim their primary residence for relief – no rental or second properties are eligible. Applications will be processed as they are received. Please note that any accrued late fees, penalties or interest are the responsibility of the bill holder and are not eligible for relief.

Additional information, including necessary documents for proof of eligibility and applications, can be found online at VBgov.com/COVID19TaxRelief. For questions about eligibility or accepted documentation, please email VBTaxRelief@vbgov.com.

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