About Real Estate Taxes

Real estate taxes support schools, fire and police protection, and other public services and benefits afforded to County residents. You help absorb these costs in proportion to the amount of money your property is worth.

The real estate tax is more stable than sales or income tax, because it does not fluctuate heavily during a recession. Another benefit: when tax dollars are invested in better schools, parks and other community priorities, property values generally rise.

How Taxes Are Calculated

Each year, the Department of Real Estate Assessments determines the value of real property in Arlington County. The assessment is then multiplied by the real estate tax rate, which is set by the County Board each year. Assessments begin Jan. 1. Assessors do not determine your property taxes; their job is simply to ensure that your assessment is fair and equitable.

Tax rates in Arlington are expressed in dollars per one hundred dollars of assessed value. For example, a tax rate of 0.996 cents per $100.00 would result in a real estate tax of $3,984 on a property assessed at $400,000.

2014 Tax Rate x Assessment = Tax

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All properties in Arlington County, except those designated for operating railroads, interstate pipelines or public utilities, are assessed.

Real estate tax relief

Real estate tax is collected by the Treasurer of Arlington County. 

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