COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program Accepting Applications Through Sept. 30

COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program Accepting Applications Through Sept. 30
August 28, 2020

​The Department of Human Services (DHS) will continue to accept applications for the COVID-19 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Relief Program through Wednesday, Sept. 30. 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. Financial relief comes in the form of a check for the approved relief amount to the named recipient."In light of the continued interest for this program, we have decided to extend the application window to ensure as many of our Virginia Beach residents have the opportunity to apply as possible," said DHS Financial Assistance Division Administrator Deidria Bolden. "Even if you are self-employed or have since returned to work, I would encourage you to reach out to us at VBTaxRelief@VBgov.com and discuss your situation. We may still be able to move an application forward if you are able provide sufficient documentation to support your case."A maximum relief of $500 for residential real estate taxes and $250 for personal property tax has been established for eligible households. The amount of relief will be the billed total, or the benefit maximum, whichever is lower. Each household could potentially receive both benefits for a maximum relief amount of $750. Only one application may be filed per household. Any impacted household, whether they have paid their tax bill or not, is encouraged to apply if they meet the eligibility requirements. To be eligible for consideration, potential beneficiaries must:Provide proof of eligibility criteriaHave established Virginia Beach residency as of March 1, 2020Be unemployed at any time after March 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemicProvide a copy of their 2020 real estate and/or personal property tax billsPotential beneficiaries may only claim their primary residence for relief – no rental or second properties are eligible. Applications will be processed as they are received. Please note that any accrued late fees, penalties or interest are the responsibility of the bill holder and are not eligible for relief.Additional information, including necessary documents for proof of eligibility and applications, can be found online at VBgov.com/COVID19TaxRelief.For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.# # #