On April 6, 2011, legislation was approved by the Virginia General Assembly exempting
certain disabled Veterans and their surviving spouses from local real estate taxes on their principal place of residency which they own and occupy. In accordance with state law, the level of exemption for which one may be eligible is determined by legal ownership of the property.
On March 23, 2015, legislation was approved by the Virginia General Assembly providing for an exemption of real estate taxes for the surviving spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces who was killed in action as determined by the United States Department of Defense. The legislation for the tax exemption became effective July 1, 2015 for surviving spouses of service members killed in action that have not remarried and own a single family residence which they occupy as their principal place of residence.