Real Property


All real property in Arlington is subject to taxation, except that which is specifically exempt.  

Real Estate Assessments

Tax assessments are determined by the tax rate (set by the County Board) and the value of the property, which is assessed by the Department of Real Estate Assessments.

Due Dates

Real Estate taxes are billed in two equal installments each year:  

  • Installment one: June 15
  • Installment two: October 5

The due dates for both installments are the same every year. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, late payment penalties will not be assessed for payments made on the following business day.  Per the code of Virginia, it is the taxpayer's responsibility to know the due dates and ensure that payment is made on time.

Escrow Accounts with Mortgage Companies

  • You will not receive a bill in the mail if your taxes are set up to be paid by your mortgage company (unless we do not receive a payment from them).
    • If you do receive a bill for real estate that is supposed to be paid by an escrow account, contact your mortgage company.  
  • If you've recently paid off your mortgage, you should receive a bill and will be responsible for paying your taxes.

Changing Your Billing Address

All change of address requests for Real Estate must be made in writing to the Department of Real Estate Assessments (DREA).  You can print out an Address Change Form (PDF) and mail it to DREA.

More information about address change procedures can be found on the DREA website, or by calling 703-228-3920.  

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Last Modified: February 20, 2014
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201 Tel: 703-228-3000 TTY: 703-228-4611