State Sales Tax

A seller is subject to the sales tax imposed on gross receipts from retail sales. Retail sales means sales made for any purpose other than for resale. The tax may also apply to the furnishing of transient accommodations and the lease or rental of personal property.

Tax Rates


The seller collects the tax from the customer on each sale. The tax must be separately stated and added to the sales price or charge. Effective July 1, 2013, the General Assembly enacted House Bill 2313, which increased the state sales and use tax rate by 0.3% statewide. The general sales tax rate for the Hampton Roads Region is currently 6% (5% state tax and 1% local tax).

Effective July 1, 2018, a new Historic Triangle regional sales and use tax of 1% was levied for all of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg under the authorization of Senate Bill 942, which raised the general sales tax rate for these localities to 7%.  For more information on the new Historic Triangle regional tax, please visit the Virginia Department of Taxation's website.
 
The sales of eligible food items are subject to a reduced state tax rate of 2.5% (1.5% state tax and 1% local tax).

For additional information on sales and use tax, please view the Virginia Department of Taxation's Retail Sales and Use Tax page and their tax tables: Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads Sales Tax Table and Hampton Roads and Historic Triangle Sales Tax Table.