Main content
City of Alexandria Homepage
Thursday, November 27  •  40°Mostly Cloudy Air Quality: Yellow
CloseWeather Forecast
Today: High 45° Low 29°
AM Clouds/PM SunAir Quality: Yellow
Fri: High 37° Low 29°
SunnyAir Quality: Yellow
Sat: High 47° Low 38°
Partly CloudyAir Quality: Yellow
Sun: High 60° Low 47°
Mostly SunnyAir Quality: Yellow
Mon: High 63° Low 34°
Mostly Sunny
Alert
Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule of Services -- Updated 11/25/2014 10:55:23 AM
All City of Alexandria government offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Residential trash and recycling will be collected on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, beginning at 6 a.m.
Read More...
City of Alexandria, VA City of Alexandria, VA
Finance
Share Share RSS RSS Print Print Text Size Text Size NormalText Size LargeText Size Extra Large
Page updated Feb 3, 2014 3:10 PM
CloseComments

No Comments Posted Yet

Sales and Use Tax

The City levies a one percent sales tax to provide revenue for the general fund. The tax is added to the state's sales tax rates as shown below.

 

  State Rate  City Rate  Total Combined Rate 
Retail Sales and Use Tax  5.0% 1.0% 6.0%
Tax on Eligible Food Items  1.5% 1.0% 2.5%
Vending Machine Sales Tax  6.0% 1.0% 7.0%

 

Businesses subject to sales tax must submit a monthly report to the Department of Taxation. 

New Businesses

Virginia Department of Taxation's Business Registration Pamphlet (PDF)

Any person starting a business in Virginia must register with the State prior to opening the business. Registration may be completed online or by filing Form R-1 with the Virginia Department of Taxation. Businesses located in the City of Alexandria that collect sales tax must ensure that the Business Locality Code (or FIPS Code) on their R-1 is 51510. To ensure that the business is registered in the correct jurisdiction, the business owner may look up the business's FIPS Code here or follow the instructions below.

Businesses with the following zip codes are located in the City of Alexandria:

  • 22301
  • 22305
  • 22314

The 22302, 22304, 22311 and 22312 zip codes are shared between Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria. The 22206 zip code is shared between Arlington County and the City of Alexandria.

If the business is located in the 22302, 22304, 22311, 22312, or 22206 zip code, the business owner may verify the business's locality via the United States Postal Service website by entering the business address and clicking on "Mailing Industry Information."

Exemptions for Government Purchases

Purchase of meals, lodging, or other accomodations by the federal government or its employees traveling on government business are exempt from the tax provided payment for the meals, lodging, or other accomodations is made directly by the federal government pursuant to an official purchase order (e.g. by direct billing to the government or use of government credit cards paid by the government).

Sales to federally chartered credit unions are also exempt from the tax.

For More Information

For more information, please visit the Virginia Department of Taxation's Sales and Use Tax page or contact the Department at 804.367.8037.

301 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.3900
Fax: 703.838.4987
E-mail

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.