Real Estate Tax Deferral for the Elderly and Disabled

For questions about applying for Real Estate Tax Deferral for the Elderly and Disabled, please call 757-926-3535.

Eligibility requirements for deferral:

  • Applicant must own and reside in the home and be at least 65 years of age by December 31 of the previous calendar year or be permanently and totally disabled. 
  • Total combined income from all sources on the previous calendar year of the applicant, spouse, and all relatives and non-relatives residing in the home shall not exceed $50,000. Some exceptions apply.
  • Combined assets of all persons as of December 31 of the previous calendar year shall not exceed $200,000, excluding the residence.
  • If multiple persons, other than a spouse, are listed on the deed, all persons listed must meet the eligibility requirements.

Application Information

These following (PDF) documents can be obtained via download or by contacting the Commissioner of the Revenue at 757-926-3535, or by email.

You may apply for this program beginning January 1 until August 31 each calendar year.

If you were granted approval last year, you will receive an application for this program in the mail in January of each calendar year.

You may also pick up an application at our two locations: Our main Commissioner of the Revenue Office is located at 2400 Washington Avenue and at our satellite office is located at 12912 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News.

A notarized, completed and signed application for real estate tax deferral should be delivered to the following office location starting January 1 but no later than August 31 of each calendar year:
City of Newport News

Commissioner of the Revenue
2400 Washington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607

Newport News residents may also drop off their notarized, completed and signed application at our Commissioner of the Revenue's satellite office at 12912 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News.

Notice to Applicants with Mortgaged Property:

Applicant is responsible to meet any requirements imposed as part of any Promissory note or Deed of Trust. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that any deferment granted here under will be recognized by the applicant’s mortgage lender prior to submitting the application. The City of Newport News makes no representation as to affect the deferral of real property tax payments may have under any Deed of Trust or Promissory Note. Applicants are encouraged to contact their mortgage lender prior to applying for the City’s Real Estate Tax Deferral program. Failure of a mortgage lender to recognize the City of Newport News Tax Deferral program is a matter solely between the applicant and the mortgage lender.

Determining Eligibility

A representative from the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue will determine if you are eligible for this program. We are available by appointment to assist you in completing your annual application. We also provide notary service at no charge to you without an appointment.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please call our office at 757-926-3535, or by email.

Solid Waste Fee Grant Relief Program

Your application for Real Estate Tax Deferral will automatically be used to determine your eligibility for relief from paying a portion of your solid waste fees. Therefore, if you file for a Real Estate Tax Deferral, it will not be necessary for you to take any action or file a separate application for the Solid Waste Fee Grant Relief Program.

However, if you do not plan to apply for Real Estate Tax Deferral, you must separately apply for the Solid Waste Relief by contacting the City of Newport News Call Center at 757-933-2311.

The Real Estate Tax Deferral Program and the Solid Waste Fee Grant Program have different income guidelines.

You will be notified of eligibility for both programs by letter to be mailed in October of each year.