Tax break for spouses of military killed in action

Did your spouse die in action while serving in the U.S. armed forces?

You may be eligible for a tax exemption on your home.

Surviving Spouses of Military Service Members Killed in Action is a statewide program that seeks to honor the sacrifice of Virginia’s fallen heroes and their families by providing relief from real estate taxes. Henrico County wants to make sure that qualifying homeowners apply.

What is the tax exemption?

If you qualify, up to $227,000 of your home’s assessed value — the average value of a single-family home in Henrico in 2015 — will be fully exempt from real estate taxes. The savings for a home assessed at $227,000 would be nearly $1,975.

Do you qualify? 

  • You must be the surviving spouse of a U.S. armed forces member who was killed in action (as determined by the U.S. Department of Defense).
  • You cannot be remarried.
  • The property must be your primary residence.

How to apply:

  • Go to
  • In the Home and Vehicle section, follow the link Spouses of Military Service Members Killed in Action.
  • The application form is included with details about the program.
  • Print the form, complete and return it to Henrico’s Real Estate Assessment Division. Be sure to include the Report of Casualty from the Department of Defense.


  • Phone: 501-5335
  • Visit: Real Estate Assessment Division in the Administration Building, Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.
  • Web site:

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