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.

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  • Call us at 703.746.4800
  • Payments can be made using the outside drop box on the Royal Street side of City Hall, available 24 hours a day.
  • Pay by credit card or eCheck on the City's website at
  • Mail Car Tax payments to City of Alexandria, PO Box 34710, Alexandria, VA 22334-0710.
  • Mail Business Personal Property Tax payments to City of Alexandria, PO Box 34901, Alexandria, VA 22334-0901.
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Tax Scam Warning

It has come to our attention that some businesses with outstanding taxes may have received a notice from a “Tax Processing Unit, Alexandria City County, Public Judgment Records.” The notice may be referred to as a “Distraint Warrant” that supposedly functions as a court judgment. Taxpayers are instructed to then call a toll-free number to “avoid enforcement.”

Please be advised, if you receive such a notice it is a scam. Neither the City of Alexandria nor the Virginia Department of Taxation send such a notice. If you have questions about local tax collection activity in the City, please contact or call the Department of Finance at 703.746.4800. If you have questions about collection activity by the State of Virginia, please call the State Collections Unit at the Virginia Department of Taxation at 804.367.8037, or visit

The misleading notice has been referred to the Alexandria Police Department for review. In the meantime, if you do have delinquent tax liabilities with the City of Alexandria, please contact us directly at or call us at 703.746.4800 to discuss payment options. The City does send out legal notices concerning collections, but these notices would always ask that you contact the Department of Finance directly at the contacts listed above, or contact our third party collection agent, Nationwide Credit Corporation (NCC) at 703.776.9260 (

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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                                                                                                                                          
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  • Business Tax - 703.746.4800                                                                                                                 
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  • Discovery and Collections - 703.746.4800                                                                                                                 
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  • Tax Relief - 703.746.4800             
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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                                                                                                                 
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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.


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