VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Department of Human Services in Virginia Beach has extended the application deadline for the COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program until the end of October.
The program provides direct relief for households where an occupant has lost their employment, had their work hours reduced or has been furloughed due to COVID-19.
“As the ongoing economic impacts of the pandemic are felt in our community, we recognize that there are many families and individuals who may be in a different employment situation now than at the beginning of the pandemic,” said DHS Financial Assistance Division Administrator Deidria Bolden. “Anyone who has experienced a job loss or reduction of hours for any length of time since March 1 of this year due to COVID-19 is encouraged to apply.”
A maximum relief of $500 for residential real estate taxes and $250 for personal property tax has been established for eligible households. Each household could potentially receive both benefits for a maximum relief amount of $750. Only one application may be filed per household.
Officials say any impacted household, whether they have paid their tax bill or not, is encouraged to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements. Self-employed individuals or gig workers may be eligible if they are able to provide sufficient documentation of loss of work.
To be eligible for consideration, one must:
- Provide proof of eligibility criteria
- Have established Virginia Beach residency as of March 1, 2020
- Be unemployed, furloughed, or reduced in hours at any time after March 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Provide a copy of 2020 real estate and/or personal property tax bills
Only primary residences are eligible for relief – no rental or second properties.
Any accrued late fees, penalties or interest are the responsibility of the bill holder and are not eligible for relief.
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