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August 22, 2011





Richard Bradshaw, Commissioner of the Revenue


Changes made to real estate tax exemption for elderly and disabled homeowners


At its August 9, 2011 meeting, the James City County Board of Supervisors amended the County Code pertaining to the income qualifications for the real estate exemption for elderly and disabled homeowners.


Qualifying household income remains at $45,000. Non-taxable sources of income, such as some disability pensions and workman’s compensation, are no longer counted as part of the household income. The amendments also require that all income from household members, both related to and unrelated to the homeowner, be counted in full.


Because the amendments could affect current year applications, the Board has also provided a special application period from September 1 through September 30, 2011 for filing applications for the program.


The current qualifications are as follows:


  • At least one owner/resident must be over 65 years of age, or permanently and totally disabled as of July 1, 2011
  • Total household income from all sources of considered income under the provisions of the IRS Code must be less than $45,000 and
  • Total assets, not including the home and up to 10 acres of land, of owners must be less than $200,000.


Applications are available online; at the County Government Center, 101-B Mounts Bay Road; or by calling 757-253-6695. Completed applications should be mailed to the Commissioner of the Revenue, P O Box 283, Williamsburg, VA  23187 or filed directly to the Commissioner at 101-B Mounts Bay Rd, Williamsburg VA by September 30, 2011 in order to qualify for this year’s exemption program.

For more information, call 757-253-6695.



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