Tax Relief

Tax Relief Programs for Elderly and/or Disabled Residents



​Primary Qualifiers


Tax relief is a program for eligible seniors and disabled residents which provides relief of taxes through exemptions and deferrals. Tax relief is available to income-eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities through the Treasurer's Office. The deadline to submit the application is April 15 of each year. To qualify, the property owner must meet the follow two requirements:

  1. Applicants must be current residents of the City of Falls Church and must have established their residency prior to December 31, 2017
  2. Applicants must be at least 65 years of age, or permanently and totally disabled.

​Relief Eligibility


 Relief means you are exempted from a specified amount of your taxes. The amount will depend on your household income and assets. This amount will be deducted from the taxes. Depending on the amount of taxes you owe, all or some of the taxes may be exempted. The household income limits to be eligible for a 2018 are:
  • Income Limit for Households Eligible for Relief and Deferral: $23,200 and below receives up to $4,000*. The balance of any taxes owed may be deferred.
  • Income Limit for Households Eligible for Relief and Deferral: $23,201 to $38,649 receives up to $3,000*. The balance of any taxes owed may be deferred.
  • Income Limit for Households Eligible for Relief and Deferral: $38,650 to $52,579 receives up to $1,000*. The balance of any taxes owed may be deferred.
  • Gross combined household income limit: $52,550- $75,000 deferral only.
  • Assets must not exceed $540,000.
  • *Based on a 1 person household. Income limits for 2 to 4 person households can be found on a chart within the application.

Applications for 2018 Tax Relief

The deadline to submit either application is April 15, 2018. 

Relief for Disabled Veterans or their Surviving Spouses


​Relief Eligibility


  • The applicant must be a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and be 100% permanent and totally disabled and the disability must be 100% service related.
  • Or; the applicant must be the surviving spouse of a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who was 100% permanent and totally disabled and the disability must have been 100% service related, as long as the death of the veteran occurs on or after January 1, 2011.

Applications for 2018 Tax Relief

The deadline to submit either application is April 15, 2018. 

Relief for Surviving Spouse of Service Members Killed in Action


​Relief Eligibility


  • The applicant must be a surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action and who occupies real property to be exempted as his/her principal place of residence; and who has not remarried since death of spouse.
  • The property must be owned or held in certain types of trust by the surviving spouse; Ownership need not be solely by the surviving spouse, but if property is owned by surviving spouse together with others; then special rules will apply to calculate the amount of the exemption.
  • The applicant must sign a written statement, stating surviving spouse’s name, name of any other owners of the property and certifying that the property is occupied as the surviving spouse’s principal residence.
  • The applicant must provide documentation from the United States Department of Defense indicating the date that the deceased spouse was killed in action (a Department of Defense death certificate).

Applications for 2018 Tax Relief

The deadline to submit either application is April 15, 2018.