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  • 01 Oct 2021 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    Guidelines for the Classification of Workers: Independent Contractor vs. Employee

    During the 2020 Session, the Virginia General Assembly enacted House Bill 1407 (2020
    Acts of Assembly, Chapter 681) and Senate Bill 744 (2020 Acts of Assembly, Chapter
    682), which sets forth the Virginia standard for classifying workers performing services
    for remuneration as employees or independent contractors. In addition, this legislation
    imposes civil penalties on employers that fail to properly classify an individual as an
    employee.

    The Guidelines are available in the Guidance Documents section of the Virginia Tax website. For additional information or questions, email us at misclassificationofworkers@tax.virginia.gov.

    View the Tax Guidelines 


  • 02 Sep 2021 4:52 PM | Anonymous

    Virginia Interest Rates Stay the Same

    Virginia Tax announces that Virginia's interest rates will stay the same for the fourth quarter of 2021. The underpayment and overpayment rates for Virginia taxes are 2% higher than the corresponding federal rates. Federal rates for the fourth quarter of 2021 are 3% for tax underpayments and 3% for tax overpayments by taxpayers other than corporations. Accordingly, the Virginia rates for the fourth quarter of 2021 will be 5% for tax underpayments (assessments) and 5% for tax overpayments (refunds).

    Details about these interest rates can be found in Tax Bulletin 21-8 and in the Laws, Rules, and Decisions section of our website.  

    View the Tax Bulletin

    If you have additional questions, go to www.tax.virginia.gov, or contact us at 804.367.8031 for individual income tax questions and 804.367.8037 for business tax questions.


  • 01 Sep 2021 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    Guidelines for the Virginia Disposable Plastic Bag Tax

    Legislation enacted during the Regular Session of the 2020 General Assembly (House Bill 534 (2020 Acts of Assembly, Chapter 1022) and Senate Bill 11 (2020 Acts of Assembly, Chapter 1023) authorizes any county or city to adopt by ordinance the Virginia Disposable Plastic Bag Tax on disposable plastic bags provided to customers in grocery stores, convenience stores, and drugstores in the locality. The tax will be administered by Virginia Tax. A locality must provide a certified copy of the ordinance to the Tax Commissioner at least 3 months prior to the date the tax is to become effective.

    Any county or city may impose the Virginia Disposable Plastic Bag Tax in the amount of 5 cents on each disposable plastic bag provided to purchasers by any grocery store, convenience store, or drugstore in the locality. The tax is due regardless of whether the retailer sells the bag to the customer or it is provided free of charge.

    The Guidelines are available in the Guidance Documents section of the Virginia Tax website. For additional information or questions, contact the Virginia Tax Business Customer Service line at 804.367.8037.

    View the Tax Guidelines 


  • 27 Jul 2021 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    Guidelines for the Application of the Retail Sales and Use Tax to Sales of Accommodations Facilitated by Accommodations Intermediaries

    Effective September 1, 2021, Senate Bill 1398 (2021 Acts of Assembly, Special Session I, Chapter 383) changes the application of the Retail Sales and Use Tax to sales of accommodations facilitated by accommodations intermediaries. The legislation makes similar changes to the local transient occupancy tax. Additionally, these changes will apply to the state imposed transient occupancy taxes that fund transportation purposes in certain localities under Va. Code § 58.1-1743 and Va. Code § 58.1-1744 because these taxes are administered by local governments in the same manner as their local transient occupancy taxes. Virginia Tax has issued guidelines to provide processes and procedures for implementing the provisions of Va. Code §§ 58.1-602, 58.1-603, and 58.1-612.2, relating to the Retail Sales and Use Taxation of accommodations, as required by Senate Bill 1398. 

    The Guidelines are available in the Guidance Documents section of the Virginia Tax website. For additional information or questions, contact the Virginia Tax Business Customer Service hotline at 804.367.8037.

    View the Tax Guidelines 


  • 23 Jun 2021 2:43 PM | Anonymous

    2021 Legislative Summary Published

    The 2021 Legislative Summary is now available. 

    The Legislative Summary is published by Virginia Tax as a convenient reference guide to state and local tax legislation enacted by the 2021 Session of the General Assembly.

    The Summary includes a general description of enacted legislation affecting:

    • State taxes administered by Virginia Tax, and
    • Local taxes for which Virginia Tax assists with administration, or on which Virginia Tax renders advisory assistance.

    References to chapter numbers are to the corresponding chapters in the Acts of Assembly, which may be viewed at: https://lis.virginia.gov. Effective dates of the legislation vary and are set out in each description.

    In general, legislation affecting taxes administered by other state agencies is not included in the Summary.

    The Summary is intended to provide a synopsis of enacted legislation and is for informational purposes only. The Summary is not a substitute for the actual state law, local ordinances, or tax related regulations. 

    View the Legislative Summary

    If you have additional questions, please visit https://www.tax.virginia.gov, or contact us at 804.367.8031 for individual income tax questions or 804.367.8037 for business tax questions.


  • 16 Jun 2021 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    Virginia Interest Rates Stay the Same

    Virginia Tax announces that Virginia's interest rates will stay the same for the third quarter of 2021. The underpayment and overpayment rates for Virginia taxes are 2% higher than the corresponding federal rates. Federal rates for the third quarter of 2021 are 3% for tax underpayments and 3% for tax overpayments by taxpayers other than corporations. Accordingly, the Virginia rates for the third quarter of 2021 will be 5% for tax underpayments (assessments) and 5% for tax overpayments (refunds).

    Details about these interest rates can be found in Tax Bulletin 21-7 and in the Laws, Rules, and Decisions section of our website.  

    View the Tax Bulletin

    If you have additional questions, go to www.tax.virginia.gov, or contact us at 804.367.8031 for individual income tax questions and 804.367.8037 for business tax questions.


  • 14 May 2021 9:21 AM | Anonymous

    Virginia's New Electronic Payment Requirement for Some Individual Income Taxpayers

    Following an amendment to legislation approved by the Virginia General Assembly, some taxpayers may now be affected by a new requirement for certain tax payments. 

    Effective for taxable years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2021, taxpayers who make estimated tax payments must submit all of their income tax payments electronically if:

    • Any estimated tax payment exceeds $2,500; or
    • Any extension payment exceeds $2,500; or
    • The total estimated income tax due in any taxable year exceeds $10,000.Taxpayers should refer to the estimated income tax instructions for details about how to compute the total estimated tax due.  

    This applies to all payments made on or after July 1, 2021, and includes all payments for estimated taxes, extension payments and any other amounts due when a taxpayer files a return. 

    Visit the Virginia Tax website for more information on individual income tax payment options.  

    If you have questions, please call Virginia Tax Customer Service at 804.367.8031. 


  • 03 May 2021 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    Additional Retail Sales and Use Tax in Charlotte, Gloucester, Northampton and Patrick Counties in Virginia

    Virginia Tax is announcing that effective July 1, 2021, a new 1% additional retail sales and use tax will be levied in Charlotte, Gloucester, Northampton, and Patrick counties in Virginia. The sales and use tax levied will total 6.3%, comprised of the 4.3% state tax, the 1% percent local option tax, and the 1% additional local tax.

    Sales made on or after July 1, 2021 will be subject to the new tax rate. Items delivered to a purchaser and paid for on or after July 1, 2021 will be taxed at the 6.3% rate, regardless of when the property was ordered. The increased rate will not apply to property delivered prior to July 1, 2021, but paid for on or after July 1, 2021. Also, the increased rate will not apply when a taxable sale or lease payment is paid for in full prior to July 1, 2021, even though delivery may occur on or after July 1, 2021, or the paid-in-full lease payment covers a lease period beginning on or after July 1, 2021.  

    The rate of tax on food purchased for home consumption and qualifying essential personal hygiene products is unaffected by the law change and will remain at the current 2.5% (1.5% state and 1% local) rate statewide.  

    More information can be found in Tax Bulletin 21-6 and in the Laws, Rules, and Decisions section of our website.  

    View the Tax Bulletin

    If you have additional questions, go to www.tax.virginia.gov, or contact us at 804.367.8037 for business tax questions.


  • 09 Apr 2021 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    Important Information Regarding Certain Filing and Payment Deadlines in Virginia: New Individual Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline 

    Individual income tax returns and payments required to be made with such returns for Taxable Year 2020 that were originally due May 1, 2021, are now due on or before May 17, 2021. As a result, no penalties will apply so long as a return is filed and full payment is made by May 17, 2021. In addition, pursuant to Virginia Tax's authority to waive the accrual of interest during a declared state of emergency in the commonwealth, no interest will apply so long as a return is filed and full payment is made by May 17, 2021. 

    The new filing and payment deadline for certain Taxable 2020 returns applies to composite returns filed on behalf of nonresident owners. However, all other Virginia tax payment, withholding, and filing deadlines remain the same, including the requirement for calendar year filers to make their first estimated payments for Taxable Year 2021 by May 3, 2021.

    More information can be found in Tax Bulletin 21-5 and in the Laws, Rules, and Decisions section of our website.  

    View the Tax Bulletin

    If you have additional questions, go to www.tax.virginia.gov, or contact us at 804.367.8031 for individual income tax questions and 804.367.8037 for business tax questions.


  • 22 Mar 2021 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Effective March 11, 2021, Virginia House Bill 2185 and Senate Bill 1403 amend the Code of Virginia to add Va. Code § 58.1-609.14, providing a temporary exemption from the Retail Sales and Use Tax for qualifying purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE).

    The exemption is only valid for qualifying purchases of PPE made on or after March 11, 2021, and prior to the expiration of the last executive order issued by Governor Northam related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the termination of the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard and any permanent COVID-19 regulations adopted by the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board. No refunds will be provided regarding purchases made prior to March 11, 2021, or after the expiration of the exemption.

    Guidelines for the Retail Sales and Use Tax Exemption for PPE have been published to the Virginia Tax website. For additional information or questions, contact the Virginia Tax Business Customer Service hotline at 804-367-8037.

    View the Tax Guidelines 


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