Finance

The Finance Department collects and manages all City funds, assesses and collects revenues and taxes, issues business licenses, provides assistance to residents in filing state income tax returns, maintains the City's tax relief programs, and manages City retirement plans.

Page updated on Nov 5, 2020 at 7:22 AM

Hardship Waivers for Second Half Real Estate Payments

While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our entire community, the City recognizes that the financial impact on some taxpayers may be particularly substantial. If the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your ability to pay the full amount of the 2020 second installment of Real Estate Tax due by November 16, please email covid19realpropertytax@alexandriava.gov to discuss your circumstances and learn about payment options.

On October 17, 2020, City Council passed a resolution granting some leniency for late payment penalties. Read the full resolution here.

Due Date Extension: Personal Property Tax Due Date (Car Tax and Business Personal Property Tax)

On September 8, 2020, the Alexandria City Council extended the Tax Year 2020 Personal Property payment due date from October 5, 2020 to December 15, 2020. Although the bills that have already been mailed are printed with an October 5, 2020, due date, taxpayers can ignore this date. 

The new deadline for paying these taxes is December 15, 2020.  Any payment received or postmarked by that date will be considered on-time and will incur no late payment penalties or interest.  Late payment penalties and interest will begin on December 16, 2020.

Business Personal Property Tax Updates

  • City Council’s BPP filing moratorium ended July 1. All businesses must file their 2020 BPP return by July 1 to be on-time. 
  • The moratorium also ended July 1 for Meals Tax and Transient Lodging Tax. Businesses who deferred payment must file and pay or contact the Revenue Division to arrange a payment plan.
  • Late 2020 BPOL filings must also be made by July 1.

AEDP Back To Business Grants - Round 2

On Tuesday September 8th, the Alexandria City Council approved an additional $2.4 million to fund a second round of the Alexandria Back to Business (ALX B2B) grant program. These funds will be available to qualifying small businesses and certain nonprofits to offset costs and/or investments related to reopening and rescaling their business. Earlier this year, Round One of the ALX B2B grants disbursed $3.495 million to 303 businesses that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application period for Round Two will open starting on Wednesday, September 30th at 8:00AM and will close on Wednesday, October 7th at 5 p.m. Applications must be completed and submitted online.

Interest Waiver for Certain Types of Taxes - Virginia Department of Taxation 

The Virginia Department of Taxation has issued Tax Bulletin 20-5 which addresses an interest waiver for certain types of taxes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full bulletin here:


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Finance Divisions

Administration Division

The Administration Division is responsible for the overall management of the Finance Department and provides administrative and information technology support to other divisions.

Revenue Administration Division

The Revenue Administration Division assesses and enforces personal property, meal sales, transient lodging and other taxes; issues business and professional licenses, assists the community with state income tax questions and preparation. This Division also administers the City's real estate tax relief programs for the elderly and disabled.

  • Personal Property Tax - 703.746.4800                                                                                                                                          
    Email - VehicleTax@alexandriava.gov
  • Business Tax - 703.746.4800                                                                                                                 
    Email - BusinessTax@alexandriava.gov
  • Discovery and Collections - 703.746.4800                                                                                                                 
    Discovery Email - RADAR@alexandriava.gov
    Collections Email - Collections@alexandriava.gov
  • Tax Relief - 703.746.4800             
    Email - TaxRelief@alexandriava.gov

Treasury Division

The Treasury Division is responsible for the investment, disbursement, and collection of all City monies and sells such items as residential parking permits and bus passes.

  • Payments - 703.746.4800                                                                                                                 
    Email - Payments@alexandriava.gov

Accounting Division

The Accounting Division maintains records on the financial operations of the City, prepares the City's monthly and annual financial reports, prepares checks to fulfill City obligations to vendors, maintains the City's employee payroll, manages miscellaneous billing, and monitors expenditures and revenues to determine budgetary compliance.

Purchasing Division

The Purchasing Division is responsible for centralized City procurement, including the processing of purchase orders and vendor list control. All City purchases exceeding $5,000 are made by the Purchasing Division through both formal and informal competitive bidding procedures.

Pension Administration Division

The Pension Administration Division manages pension plans for City employees and uniformed service employees.

Office of REAL ESTATE ASSESSMENTS

Each year, the Office of Real Estate Assessments appraises each parcel of real estate in the City to assess its estimated fair market value. These values are used by the Department of Finance to bill for and collect the real estate tax, which accounts for about 60 percent of the City's annual revenue.

RISK MANAGEMENT DIVISION

Risk Management is responsible for City's workers' compensation claims management, safety management, insurance management, and liability claims management for the City.

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