This program is administered by the Commissioner of the Revenue and minimum qualifications include:
Be at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled on or before December 31 of the year immediately preceding the year in which you are applying for tax relief.
Have a combined gross household income of $50,000 or less from all sources, including all relatives residing in the house. Each relative, excluding your spouse, may deduct $7,000 from their annual income when figuring income requirements.
Own and occupy the dwelling on or before January 1 of the year you are applying for tax relief. (If the owner is in the hospital, nursing home, or other institution, he/she is still eligible if the dwelling remains as their home and has not been rented to another party. Upon transfer or sale of said property, the amount exempted for the remainder of that year shall become due and payable.)
Renewal applications (PDF) will be accepted through the mail, all other applicants may apply during the months of May through August by appointment. Please call 757-727-6690 after May 15 to schedule an appointment.
The application deadline is Aug. 31 annually.
Report all financial assets of owners living in the home, excluding the value of the house and up to 10-acre home site of land, and income for all individuals living in the home. The current fiscal year application asset and income limitations are as follows:
Freeze — Assets up to $200,000 – Household Income up to $53,200
Deferral — Assets up to $200,000 – Household Income up to $53,200
Verification of all statements may be required.
For more information, on this program, contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at (757) 727-6690.