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Overview of Fairfax County, VA Taxes

Fairfax County, Virginia residents pay a lot in property taxes, but this is not due to the property tax rates themselves. Fairfax County levies a fairly low average effective property tax rate of 0.98%. However the area’s significantly elevated home values are primarily responsible for the county’s high property tax payments.

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    To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

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To calculate the exact amount of property tax you will owe requires your property's assessed value and the property tax rates based on your property's address. Please note that we can only estimate your property tax based on median property taxes in your area. There are typically multiple rates in a given area, because your state, county, local schools and emergency responders each receive funding partly through these taxes. In our calculator, we take your home value and multiply that by your county's effective property tax rate. This is equal to the median property tax paid as a percentage of the median home value in your county.

Fairfax County Property Tax Rates

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Fairfax County’s 0.98% average effective property tax rate is a bit higher than Virginia’s state average effective rate of 0.80%. But tax rates can vary based on where you live within Fairfax County. For example, properties in Woodlawn are subject to rates of 0.86%, while those in Herndon pay an effective rate of 1.15%.

Fairfax County’s median home values are some of the highest in the country at $486,900. This is significantly above the Virginia’s state median home value of $243,500.

Fairfax County homeowners paid a median annual property tax payment of $4,777 in 2014. This is $2,836 more than Virginia’s statewide median property tax payment of $1,941. Many of Fairfax County’s local annual tax payments reached past the county’s overall median payment with tax bills ranging widely from $2,315 to $10,000.

CountyMedian Home ValueMedian Annual Property Tax PaymentAverage Effective Property Tax Rate
Annandale$416,000$4,2481.02%
Bailey's Crossroads$310,700$2,8230.91%
Belle Haven$389,300$4,2041.08%
Burke$481,500$4,5530.95%
Burke Center$392,400$3,7670.96%
Centreville$376,000$3,6180.96%
Chantilly$446,600$4,4961.01%
Crosspointe$726,600$6,9380.95%
Clifton$719,800$6,5310.91%
Dranesville$514,700$4,8450.94%
Dunn Loring$675,800$6,3680.94%
Fairfax Station$634,800$5,9470.94%
Fair Lakes$443,000$4,6021.04%
Fair Oaks$420,200$4,1570.99%
Floris$613,900$5,8470.95%
Fort Hunt$653,000$6,4860.99%
Franconia$377,600$3,6300.96%
Franklin Farm$581,000$5,4840.94%
George Mason $473,300$4,6230.98%
Great Falls$1,000,000$10,0001.00%
Greenbriar$417,100$4,1500.99%
Groveton$384,000$4,0461.05%
Hayfield $458,500$4,4620.97%
Herndon$382,600$4,3861.15%
Huntington$324,600$3,2481.00%
Hybla Valley$317,900$2,9760.94%
Idylwood$495,300$5,0621.02%
Kings Park$429,600$4,3231.01%
Kings Park West$476,300$4,5240.95%
Kingstowne$450,600$4,3620.97%
Lake Barcroft$611,900$6,2461.02%
Laurel Hill$459,400$4,4500.97%
Lincolnia$426,800$4,0900.96%
Long Branch$555,200$5,4990.99%
Lorton$364,900$3,5460.97%
Mantua$655,700$5,9860.91%
Mason Neck$601,900$5,2130.87%
McLean$928,700$8,8310.95%
McNair$374,700$3,7140.99%
Merrifield$437,700$3,9070.89%
Mount Vernon $565,500$5,3730.95%
Newington$411,400$4,0080.97%
North Springfield $396,500$3,9541.00%
Oakton$573,200$5,5370.97%
Pimmit Hills$475,200$4,1460.87%
Ravensworth$398,100$3,8780.97%
Reston$452,200$4,4180.98%
Rose Hill$425,000$4,2250.99%
Seven Corners $296,100$3,0551.03%
South Run $720,900$6,5990.92%
Springfield $377,000$3,7591.00%
Tysons Corner $477,300$4,5000.95%
Vienna $614,500$6,7521.10%
Wakefield$598,900$5,7770.96%
West Falls Church$425,500$4,3621.03%
West Springfield$415,900$3,8910.94%
Wolf Trap$834,200$7,8880.95%
Woodburn$551,100$5,4190.98%
Woodlawn$270,500$2,3150.86%

Paying Your Fairfax County Property Taxes

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Fairfax County mails all Real Estate Assessment notices to residents each February. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors then sets county property tax rates by May 1 of each year.

For residential properties in Fairfax County, tax payments work in a series of two installments due on July 28 and December 5 of each year. Fairfax County mails these bills out between three and four weeks before each installment is due. Fairfax County will send your property tax bill to your mortgage company if the company is the party responsible for covering your property taxes.

Fairfax County offers property tax relief to citizens in some circumstances. Seniors age 65 or older, those with significant permanent disability and taxpayers with low income and assets typically qualify to receive tax relief.

Each year, returning candidates for tax relief will need to file another application with the Department of Tax Administration (DTA) in Fairfax County by no later than April 1. But taxpayers can request a deadline waiver from the DTA if some form of hardship prevented them from meeting the filing deadline.

How Your Fairfax County Property Tax Works

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Fairfax County is home to about 343,000 residential properties. Prices and market activity often vary between neighborhoods, causing assessments to change in varying percentages each year.

The first step in determining Fairfax County property tax rates is value assessment. Local assessors take a look at property values in cycles of between two and six years. Virginia state law requires that cities do an updated value assessment every two years with counties reassessing every four years. In cases where a city has fewer than 30,000 residents or a county has fewer than 50,000 residents, voters can set a more extended reassessment time frame of up to six years.

Reassessment determines a property’s fair market value, or the price the home would sell for in normal market conditions in a given year. It’s important to note that a property’s fair market value does not necessarily wind up being the same as the price actually paid for the property. The reassessed value then is multiplied by the home’s yearly property tax rate, resulting in the home’s annual property tax bill.

In 2016, slightly more than half of all properties in Fairfax County (not including cases of new construction) experienced assessment increases since their last assessment. The county’s sales volume has increased about 12% with 13,800 fair market sales over the last two years. Assessors look at these sales when deciding on home values in the area.

Thanks to changes in Virginia state law, real estate notices now include more than assessed value information alone. Notices also list tax amounts from the previous year as a reference for taxpayers.

If after receiving your assessment you feel that it isn’t an accurate reflection of your home’s value, you can appeal the result with the Department of Tax Administration.

It’s important to include all information that leads you to the conclusion that something isn’t right when you file your appeal with the DTA. This could include any sales information showing that your home doesn’t match up with similar properties’ market values.

In most cases, you’ll find that the DTA will follow up in writing confirming that they received the appeal and explaining in further detail how they arrived at the home’s assessed value. At this time the DTA also determines whether or not the original value stands and extends the owner further right to appeal.

Property Tax: Which Counties are Getting the Best Bang for Their Buck

SmartAsset’s interactive map highlights the places across the country where property tax dollars are being spent most effectively. Zoom between states and the national map to see the counties getting the biggest bang for their property tax buck.

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Methodology

Our study aims to find the places in the United States where people are getting the most for their property tax dollars. To do this we looked at school rankings, crime rates and property taxes for every county.

As a way to measure the quality of schools, we calculated the average math and reading/language arts proficiencies for all the school districts in the country. Within each state, these schools were then ranked between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based on those average scores.

For each county, we calculated the violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents.

Using the school and crime numbers, we calculated a community score. This is the ratio of the school rank to the combined crime rate per 100,000 residents.

We used the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax collected for each county.

Finally, we calculated a tax value by creating a ratio of the community score to the per capita property tax paid. This shows us the counties in the country where people are getting the most bang for their buck, or where their property tax dollars are going the furthest.

Sources: US Census Bureau 2016 American Community Survey, Department of Education, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State Police or Justice Department websites