Below is the list of military exemptions and tax relief our office offers.  Click on a topic to learn more information and to see if you qualify:

Active Duty Military

Personal Property owned by active duty military persons whose state of legal residence is not Virginia, is exempt from taxation under the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA). 

To apply for the military exemption program the service member must email the following documents: 

The following property is not eligible for this exemption and is fully taxable:  

  • Property co-owned with any person not active duty military (unless exempted by Military Spouses Residents Relief Act)
  • Property used in a trade or business

Active Duty Military Spouse
On January 1, 2010, motor vehicles and other tangible personal property owned by a spouse of a service member may be subject to the same tax treatment currently accorded the service member, whether the property is owned or titled in the name of the service member, spouse, or both names jointly.

To apply for the military exemption program the service member's spouse must email the following documents:

Disabled Veterans
There is a statewide provision to provide personal property tax relief on one vehicle owned (not leased) and on the principal residence for up to 1 acre of land for disabled veterans; see Code of Virginia 58.1-3506 Section 19 and 58.1-3219.5. You only need to apply once. In order to qualify you must present a summary of benefits letter similar to the sample letter below. 

The veteran shall be required to contact our office if the veteran's principal place of residence changes and/or if vehicle exemption designation changes. 

To request a pre-approval letter for property not yet owned in Stafford, contact Judy Dunigan at 540-658-4132 ext. 1140.

The following conditions must be met and be on the summary of benefits letter to qualify:

  • Your disability is service-connected
  • Your disability rating is 100% (or you are rated unemployable)
  • You are considered totally and permanently disabled due to the service-connected disability.
  • The date the VA determined your disability was service-connected, 100% permanent and total must be on the letter.
  • You must provide your Benefit Summary and Service Verification Letter 
  • You must also provide your most recent utility bill as proof of primary residency
Apply for Disabled Veteran's Tax Relief through our online portal.

Surviving Spouses (of Deceased Disabled Veterans)
For those who meet the following criteria may be granted relief: 

  • The disabled veteran met the eligibility criteria above for tax relief
  • The death of the veteran occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2011
  • The surviving spouse does not remarry
  • The surviving spouse continues to occupy the property as a principal place of residence\

Surviving Spouses (Killed in Action)
Real estate taxes for the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action as determined by the U.S. Department of Defense may be relieved if the following criteria are met.

  • The member of the armed forces was killed in action after Jan 1, 2015.
  • The surviving spouse has a qualifying principal residence on the date the armed forces member was killed in action.
  • The surviving spouse does not remarry.
  • The surviving spouse continues to occupy the property as a principal place of residence.


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