Property tax relief available for Richmond seniors

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — If you live in Richmond and are over 65 or disabled, you could get a significant reduction in your property taxes this year.

The city is helping eligible homeowners complete their applications for a program that reduces the amount owed on property taxes — or eliminates them altogether.

“It’s tax relief for the elderly and disabled,” said Richmond Revenue Commissioner Valerie Weatherless. “And what that implies is that if a person is over 65, owns and lives in their own home, they can get between 20% and 100% relief on their property taxes. “

Other eligibility requirements include income below $60,000 and total assets – not including the applicant’s primary residence – below $350,000. Applicants are requested to provide a bank statement dated December 2021 to demonstrate their assets.

Southside residents receive assistance with their tax relief requests at the Southside Community Center, March 19, 2022. (Photo: Timothy Corley/WRIC)

On Saturday, volunteers from the Southside Community Center helped residents fill out their applications — a process that can be confusing for Richmond seniors.

The relief is part of a three-year program, which means seniors must complete an application in the first year. Then, for the next two years, they need only sign and date a “recertification form” to continue participating. In the fourth year, they must reapply.

“There are so many people who can apply for this program, and if it’s about having someone to help you fill out the application, we’re here to help,” Weatherless said.

The city is able to help people by providing transport or picking up completed documents. You can get help and apply by calling (804) 646-3015 or visiting tax relief webpage.

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