Code of Virginia

Code of Virginia
Title 58.1. Taxation
9/26/2020

Article 3. Property Exempted by Classification on and After July 1, 1971.

§ 58.1-3609. Post-1971 property exempt from taxation by classification.

A. The real and personal property of an organization classified in §§ 58.1-3610 through 58.1-3621 and used by such organization for a religious, charitable, patriotic, historical, benevolent, cultural, or public park and playground purpose as set forth in Article X, Section 6 (a) (6) of the Constitution of Virginia, the particular purpose for which such organization is classified being specifically set forth within each section, shall be exempt from taxation, so long as such organization is operated not for profit and the property so exempt is used in accordance with the purpose for which the organization is classified. The real and personal property of an organization classified in § 58.1-3622 and used by such organization for charitable and benevolent purposes as set forth in Article X, Section 6 (a) (6) of the Constitution of Virginia shall be exempt from taxation so long as the local governing body in which the property is located passes a resolution approving such exemption and the organization satisfies the other requirements in this subsection.

B. Exemptions of property from taxation under this article shall be strictly construed in accordance with Article X, Section 6 (f) of the Constitution of Virginia.

1984, c. 675; 1989, c. 400; 2000, c. 441.

§ 58.1-3610. Volunteer fire departments and volunteer emergency medical services agencies.

Volunteer fire departments and volunteer emergency medical services agencies that operate exclusively for the benefit of the general public without charge are hereby classified as charitable organizations.

Code 1950, § 58-12.2; 1971, Ex. Sess., c. 187; 1984, c. 675; 2015, cc. 502, 503.

§ 58.1-3611. Certain boys and girls clubs.

Boys clubs affiliated with the Boys Clubs of America, Inc., and girls clubs affiliated with the Girls Club of America, Inc., are hereby classified as charitable organizations.

Code 1950, § 58-12.3; 1971, Ex. Sess., c. 232; 1984, c. 675.

§ 58.1-3612. Auxiliaries of the Veterans of World War I.

Auxiliaries of the Veterans of World War I, USA, Incorporated, are hereby classified as patriotic, historical and benevolent organizations.

Code 1950, § 58-12.5; 1972, c. 667; 1973, c. 438; 1984, c. 675.

§ 58.1-3613. Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are hereby classified as charitable organizations.

Code 1950, § 58-12.9; 1973, c. 438; 1984, c. 675.

§ 58.1-3614. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.

The Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and their subsidiaries are hereby classified as charitable and benevolent organizations.

Code 1950, § 58-12.20; 1974, c. 469; 1984, c. 675.

§ 58.1-3615. Home Demonstration Clubs, 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America, Inc.

The Home Demonstration Clubs, 4-H Clubs, and the Future Farmers of America, Incorporated, are hereby classified as patriotic and benevolent organizations.

Code 1950, § 58-12.21; 1974, c. 469; 1984, c. 675.

§ 58.1-3616. American National Red Cross.

The American National Red Cross and local chapters thereof are hereby classified as charitable organizations.

Code 1950, § 58-12.22; 1974, c. 469; 1984, c. 675.

§ 58.1-3617. Churches and religious bodies.

Any church, religious association or religious denomination operated exclusively on a nonprofit basis for charitable, religious or educational purposes is hereby classified as a religious and charitable organization. Notwithstanding § 58.1-3609, only property of such association or denomination used exclusively for charitable, religious or educational purposes shall be so exempt from taxation.

Motor vehicles owned or leased by churches and used predominantly for church purposes, are hereby classified as property used by its owner for religious purposes.

For purposes of this section, property of a church, religious association or religious denomination, or religious body owned or leased in the name of an incorporated church or religious body or corporation mentioned in § 57-16.1, a duly designated ecclesiastical officer, or a trustee of an unincorporated church or religious body shall be deemed to be owned by such church, association or denomination or religious body.

Code 1950, §§ 58-12.24, 58-12.86; 1974, c. 469; 1978, c. 216; 1984, c. 675; 1987, c. 533; 2000, c. 329; 2005, c. 928.

§ 58.1-3618. College alumni associations and foundations.

Incorporated alumni associations operated exclusively on a nonprofit basis for the benefit of colleges or other institutions of learning located in Virginia, and incorporated charitable foundations conducted not for profit, the total income from which is used exclusively for literary, scientific or educational purposes, are hereby classified as charitable and cultural organizations.

Code 1950, § 58-12.25; 1974, c. 469; 1984, c. 675.

§ 58.1-3619. The State Future Farmers of America, Future Homemakers of America and Future Business Leaders of America.

A. The Future Farmers of America, the Future Homemakers of America, and local affiliates or subsidiaries thereof, located throughout the Commonwealth, are hereby classified as benevolent organizations.

The tax exemption provided in this subsection shall be limited to the J. R. Thomas Camp, located in Chesterfield County and owned by the Future Farmers of America, the Future Homemakers of America and the local affiliates or subsidiaries thereof.

B. The Future Business Leaders of America, the Future Homemakers of America, and local affiliates or subsidiaries thereof, located throughout the Commonwealth, are hereby classified as benevolent organizations.

Except as otherwise may be provided by this article, the tax exemption provided herein shall be limited to property owned by either the Future Business Leaders of America or the Future Homemakers of America which is located in Fairfax County.

Code 1950, § 58-12.93; 1978, c. 821; 1984, c. 675; 1993, c. 559.

§ 58.1-3620. Properties inundated by water.

The governing body of any county, city or town may provide for the special assessment and valuation for purposes of taxation of all real property within its jurisdiction which is encumbered by a recorded perpetual easement permitting the inundation of such property by water.

Code 1950, § 58-12.79; 1977, c. 479; 1978, c. 848; 1984, c. 675.

§ 58.1-3621. Farm club associations.

Incorporated associations operated for the purpose of sponsoring and operating a county fair for the display of agricultural products, the display and grading of farm animals and the enjoyment of the general public in Virginia are hereby classified as charitable associations.

1989, c. 400.

§ 58.1-3622. Habitat for Humanity and local affiliates or subsidiaries thereof.

Habitat for Humanity and local affiliates or subsidiaries thereof are hereby classified as charitable and benevolent organizations.

2000, c. 441.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of these sections may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.

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