Real Estate Tax
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Prepayment of 2018 Real Estate Taxes
On December 27, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an advisory stating that prepayment of 2018 local real estate taxes may not be deductible on 2017 federal income tax returns. The advisory follows the City of Alexandria’s December 21 announcement that while the City accepts prepayments, there may be no benefit of prepayment depending on a variety of factors. The City continues to encourage taxpayers who are considering prepayment to consult qualified tax professionals before deciding whether to prepay and determining the date by which payment must be sent or received.
Read the City's full statement here.
The IRS advisory clarifies that “a prepayment of anticipated real property taxes that have not been assessed prior to 2018 are not deductible in 2017.” State law and the City Charter provide that all real property must be assessed at fair market value as of January 1 each year, and the amount of the real estate tax cannot be assessed until the tax rate is set by City Council in May of each year. Consequently, there is no legal or practical way for 2018 Alexandria property values or real estate taxes to be assessed in 2017.
For refund requests, please contact the City’s Treasury Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.746.3902, Option 8. For additional information about the real estate tax, please visit www.alexandriava.gov/RealEstateTax.
- General Information
- Due Dates
- Real Estate Assessment
- Computation and Collection of Tax
- Refuse Collection and Disposal Fee
- Updating a Billing or Mailing Address
- Payment Methods
- Disabled Veterans' Exemption
- Tax Relief for Elderly and/or Disabled Persons
- Contact Information
- Real Estate Tax History and Payments
- Office of Real Estate Assessments
- Available under FYI Alexandria on the Air and Housing & Real Estate
First Half: June 15
Second Half: November 15
Assessment notices are mailed to property owners in February. Owners who wish to contest their property assessment may lodge an appeal. For information on real estate assessment procedures, Board of Equalization and Assessment Review and the appeals process, please visit the Office of Real Estate Assessments.
Residents and other interested parties may view ownership, sales, tax history, and assessment information for a property or make real estate tax payments here . Assessed values and other real estate assessment data are extracted from the official assessment records for all properties in the City of Alexandria.
Real estate taxes are calculated by multiplying the property's assessed value by the real estate tax rate. On May 4, 2017, the City Council set the real estate tax rate at $1.13 per $100 for the tax year beginning January 1, 2017. For example, in tax year 2017, the real estate tax on a residence assessed at $200,000 is $2,260 ($200,000 x 2017 tax rate of $1.13 per $100).
Real estate taxes are billed and payable in two installments. The first tax bill is mailed in May and is due by June 15. The second tax bill is mailed in October and is due by November 15. ( Sample Real Estate Tax Bill)
If taxes are included in a property owner's mortgage payments, the City will bill the bank or mortgage company for taxes due. Any property owner whose taxes are not paid through a bank or mortgage company who does not receive a tax bill should contact the Treasury Division. The property owner is still responsible for paying the tax before the due date. Failure to receive a bill does not relieve a tax payer from payment of the tax, penalty and interest.
City Council has established two special tax districts (Tier I and Tier II) to help finance the redevelopment of the Potomac Yard Area.
- The "Tier I Special Services District," which City Council approved in December of 2010, encompasses North Potomac Yard (Landbay F) as well as Landbays G, H and the multi-family portion of Landbay I. Beginning in calendar year 2011, Tier I properties are assessed a tax of $0.20 per $100 in assessed value in addition to the City's base real estate tax rate.
- The "Tier II Special Services District" encompasses all of Landbay I not in the Tier I District and all of Landbay J. In general, the Tier II District is the southern part of Potomac Yard not including the development sites south of the Monroe Avenue Bridge and excluding Potomac Greens. Beginning January 1 of the first calendar year after the Potomac Yard Metrorail station opens to the public for revenue service, Tier II properties will be assessed a tax of $0.10 per $100 in assessed value in addition to the City's base real estate tax rate.
Late Payment Penalty
In accordance with City Code, late payment penalty and interest will be assessed on all real estate taxes and refuse fees that are not paid or postmarked by the due date. The late payment penalty is five percent of the tax if paid up to 15 days after the due date, and 10 percent of the tax if paid more than 15 days late, or $10, whichever is greater. The late payment penalty is 10 percent of the refuse fee. Interest accrues at an annual rate of 10 percent for the first year and five percent for each year thereafter, beginning the day after the original due date, and continues until the entire outstanding balance is paid.
The City charges an annual fee for the collection and disposal of solid waste, ashes, and yard debris to owners of required user properties. The Alexandria City Code defines a "required user property" as "[a]ny single family, two family or row dwelling, or any building or structure used solely for residential purposes and containing four or fewer dwelling units, that is located within the city, excluding condominium dwellings and dwelling units, and also excluding dwellings and dwelling units in any residential development wherein an owners' association is required by special use permit to provide solid waste and recyclable material collection service by private collector." This refuse collection fee is added to the property owner's or owners' real estate tax bills in biannual installments.
For Fiscal Year 2017, which begins July 1, 2016, City Council set the refuse collection and disposal fee (refuse fee) at $363 for the year. This fee will be applied to second half 2016 and first half 2017 real estate tax bills.
Any property owner who wishes to update the address to which real estate tax bills and any real estate tax-related correspondence are mailed must update the mailing address on file with the Office of Real Estate Assessments (OREA) by returning a completed address change form to:
Office of Real Estate Assessments
301 King Street, Room 2600
Alexandria VA 22314
or electronically via:
- Fax: 703.706.3979
- Email: email@example.com
The mailing/billing address cannot be updated over the phone or by any other office. The Finance Department is required by law to mail the biannual real estate tax bills and related correspondence to either the owner's mailing address on file with OREA or to the owner's mortgage company (whichever is applicable).
Real estate tax payments (by check or money order), if not made by the taxpayer’s bank or mortgage company, may be mailed with the bill stub to:
P.O. Box 34750
Alexandria, VA 22334-0750
Any property owner paying by check or money order should write the account number in the memo field. Returned checks are subject to a $35 fee in accordance with state law.
Information on all other payment methods, including eCheck and debit/credit card payments, is available at
Six Easy Ways to Pay.
Automatic Bank Debit Program
Through the Automatic Bank Debit Program, taxpayers may register to make real estate tax payments monthly or have the lump sum of the tax amount due automatically debited on each of the two tax due dates. This program has proven to be popular with those who prefer making monthly payments and with those who may travel a great deal and may either forget the bill or be out of town when the tax payment falls due. (Example: preauthorized monthly payment schedule).
The City offers a full real estate tax exemption to any veteran who has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor agency pursuant to federal law to have a 100 percent service-connected, permanent and total disability, and who occupies the real property as his/her primary place of residence. The surviving spouse of a veteran eligible for the exemption may also qualify.
Residents of the City of Alexandria who are either 65 years of age or older or permanently and totally disabled by November 15 of the current tax year, may be eligible for the City's Real Estate Tax Relief Program for Elderly and Disabled Persons. This program offers full or partial exemption from real estate taxes and/or deferral of real estate taxes to qualified applicants. Tax relief may be prorated for persons who turn 65 or who become disabled between January 1 and November 15 of the current tax year.
Billing and Payments:
301 King Street, Room 1510
Alexandria, VA 22314