Real Estate Taxes and Payments

Due Dates

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

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

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, taxpayers are responsible for knowing the due dates and ensuring timely payment. The Treasurer collects real estate taxes.

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Duplicate Bills Mailed to Arlington County Taxpayers

The Arlington County Treasurer’s Office discovered yesterday, May 31, 2022, that an error made by our external print vendor resulted in the printing and mailing of approximately 26,000 duplicate letters to our taxpayers. The vast majority of these duplicate letters were real estate tax bills, and we regret the confusion and inconvenience that this error has caused our customers.

The Treasurer’s Office routinely sends test files to our outside print vendor before major billings like the recent billing for 1st installment real estate taxes. Although our office followed established procedures, unfortunately our external print vendor did not. A print vendor employee mistakenly printed and mailed letters from the test environment, and Arlington County customers began to receive the letters last weekend.

Arlington County taxpayers will not bear any of the cost of printing and postage resulting from this error. In addition, we will work with our print vendor to improve their internal control procedures to prevent errors like this from occurring in the future.  If you are concerned about a particular bill, please email us at capp@arlingtonva.us or call 703-228-3702.

Escrow Accounts with Mortgage Companies

  • If your taxes are set up to be paid by your mortgage company, you will not receive a bill in the mail unless the Treasurer’s Office does not receive payment from the mortgage company.
  • If you 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.

Change Your Billing Address

Use this Address Change Form to change your billing address. All change of address requests must be made in writing to the Department of Real Estate Assessments (DREA).

Property Sales

When real estate is sold, responsibility for payment of taxes should be worked out during settlement. If you’ve sold the property referred to on the tax bill and another person has assumed responsibility for payment, return the bill to the Treasurer’s Office, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 201, Arlington, VA 22201, with any information you have about the new owner. Contact your settlement attorney with any questions regarding who is responsible for paying taxes on the sold property.

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