Opening a Business in the City?
Business Tax Portal
The City of Alexandria has created a new online business tax portal that allows businesses to securely access business tax accounts, view historical data, file tax returns, and make payments online.
You can now file and pay your Business, Professional, and Occupational License (BPOL) online using the Business Tax Portal! We hope you find this new feature helpful and welcome your feedback.
To access the portal, click the button below or visit businesstaxportal.alexandriava.gov.
To link accounts, use the one-time PIN mailed to your business in early April 2019 (your PIN can be retrieved any time by contacting the Business Tax Division at 703.746.4800) and your Business Account Number along with either your business’ Federal Employer Identification number or your Social Security number. Once the accounts are linked, you will be able to file and pay for taxes such as Business, Professional, and Occupational Licenses (BPOL), Business Personal Property, Meals, Transient Lodging, and Admission taxes online.
Please note the PIN must be a 10-digit number. If you received a PIN with fewer than 10 digits, add zeros at the beginning of the PIN to reach 10 digits.
Return Booklets by Email: The Department of Finance mails business tax returns to registered businesses each year. Businesses that file meals taxes, transient lodging taxes, short-term rental taxes, or admissions taxes may choose to instead receive the annual return booklets by email. To opt-in to receiving annual return booklets by email, please take the following steps.
- Log in to the Business Tax Portal and under the "Settings" menu you may select to electronically receive the returns, bills, and/or payment notifications.
- To opt-out from receiving the annual return booklets by mail, please also notify our office via email to email@example.com. Please include the business name and account number(s) that you wish to exclude from receiving the returns by mail.
At this time, business license renewals and business personal property returns will continue to be mailed to all businesses registered with the City of Alexandria.
Business License and Business Personal Property Taxes
- Business License Tax Information
Pursuant to the Code of Virginia and the Virginia Administrative Code, extraordinary COVID-19 loans/grants such as Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, and AEDP Back-2-Business (B2B) and Weather grants can be excluded from taxable gross receipts when filing the City’s Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) tax returns.
Va. Code § 58.1-3732 (A)(4)
- How the Business Tax is Calculated
- Additional Documentation for Business License Filing
- Business Personal Property Tax Information
- Short-Term Residential Rental Registry
Business Tax Forms
Business License Renewals
Business License Renewal forms can be filed online and the preprinted renewals are mailed to license holders. Copies of the forms can be obtained from the online portal under correspondence of the license account.
Other Business-Related Taxes
For questions about operating a business in the City and the City's business license and business personal property taxes, contact:
301 King St., Suite 1700
Alexandria, VA 22314
For questions about any other business-related tax, please see the page for that tax as listed above or in the Alexandria Tax Guide.