COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program Will Accept Applications Through January 2021

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

​Applications for the City's COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2021, to accommodate as many Virginia Beach residents as possible. The relief program, which was established by the City Council earlier this year, provides direct financial assistance to households where an occupant has been financially impacted through loss of employment or reduction in work hours, or has been furloughed due to COVID-19.

Eligible households could receive up to $500 for residential real estate taxes and $250 for personal property taxes. Households could receive both benefits, totaling a maximum amount of $750, if they meet the eligibility requirements and have a matching tax bill. The relief amount will be the billed total or the maximum benefit, whichever is lower. A check for the eligible relief amount will be mailed to approved applicants. 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

    • Applicants who have since secured new employment or had their employment restored are eligible to apply

  • 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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