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