Disabled Veterans Tax Relief 

Contact Us

Judy Dunigan
Disabled Veteran Program Administrator

Phone: (540) 658-4132 ext. 1140
Fax: (540) 658-4120

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Phone Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Physical Address
1300 Courthouse Road
2nd Floor
Stafford, VA 22554-1300 

Mailing Address
PO Box 98
StaffordVA 22555
MILITARY SLIDER - CopyDisabled Veterans Tax Exemption
There is a statewide provision to provide real estate tax exemption on the principal place of residence occupied by the veteran and up to one (1) acre of land and personal property tax exemption on one (1) motor vehicle owned and used by or for the veteran.  'Motor vehicle' means only a passenger car or pickup or panel truck that is registered for personal use. Does not apply to leased vehicles, motorcycles, or RVs (recreational vehicles).  See Code of Virginia §58.1-3668 Section 19 and §58.1-3219.5. You only need to apply once.  

New Applicants
The following conditions must be met and be provided on the Benefits Summary and Service Verification Letter to qualify:

  • Your disability is service-connected
  • Your disability rating is 100% (or you are rated unemployable)
  • You are considered totally and permanently disabled due to the service-connected disability
  • The effective date of when you became totally and permanently disabled due to your service-connected disabilities
The following three (3) documents must be provided with the application: 

  •  Benefit Summary and Service Verification Letter 
  • Photo copy of Driver's License 
  • Recent utility bill as proof of primary residency. A letter of connection or service for an electric or water/sewer company can be accepted in lieu of a utility bill and must contain the veteran's and/or spouse's name, service address and date of connection

Please allow 30 business days to process the application.  Calling or visiting our office before 30 business days will cause a delay in the application process.

To request a pre-approval letter for property not yet owned in Stafford or an updated letter for your mortgage company, call Judy Dunigan at (540) 658-4132 ext. 1140.  


 Approved Applicants with Existing Exemptions
The veteran is required to call our office if:

  • Real Estate: Principal place of residence changes (no longer occupied by veteran), or renting the property to tenants 
    • Call (540) 658-4132 ext. 1140
  • Personal Property: Transfer vehicle exemption
    • Call (540) 658-4132 option 1

Surviving Spouse (of Deceased Disabled Veteran) 

For those who meet the following criteria may be granted exemption on real estate: 

  • The disabled veteran met the eligibility criteria above for tax exemption
  • The death of the veteran occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2011
  • The surviving spouse does not remarry
  • The surviving spouse continues to occupy the property as a principal place of residence

Surviving Spouse (Killed in Action) 
Real estate taxes for the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action as determined by the U.S. Department of Defense may be relieved if the following criteria are met:

  • The member of the armed forces was killed in action after Jan 1, 2015
  • The surviving spouse has a qualifying principal residence on the date the armed forces member was killed in action
  • The surviving spouse does not remarry
  • The surviving spouse continues to occupy the property as a principal place of residence