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Last Updated: 2018-08-14

Tax and Fee Rate Changes Effective July 1, 2018

The City of Richmond's meals (also known as prepared food) tax is increasing from 6.0% to 7.5%, effective July 1, 2018. This change is per Ordinance 2018-017, which also directs the revenues from the rate increase to the renovation and replacement of public school facilities in the city. Further, Ordinance 2018-142, also effective July 1st, establishes a seller’s commission for businesses remitting their meals taxes on time (by the 20th of the subsequent month). A new tax remittance coupon for admission, lodging, and meals taxes is being finalized and will be made available to taxpayers and posted on Finance's website by August 1st, as related to taxable sales occurring on or after July 1, 2018.

Vehicle license fees are also increasing effective July 1, 2018, per Ordinance 2018-143. The fee changes are as follows:

  • The fee for vehicles less than 4,001 pounds increased from $33.00 to $40.74.
  • The fee for vehicles between 4,001 and 7,501 pounds increased from $38.00 to $45.74.
  • The fee for motorcycles from $18.00 to $28.74.

2018 Personal Property Taxes Are Due to June 5, 2018

The Personal Property Tax due date was changed to June 5, 2018 by an ordinance adopted by Richmond City Council on March 25, 2013. The change in the due date is applicable to all personal property taxes, including vehicles, business personal property and machinery and tools taxes.

The Property Tax Relief rate for qualifying vehicles for 2018 is not yet determined.

For a more detailed explanation of the Personal Property Tax Relief Act, read the bottom of page 2 of this FAQ for vehicle property taxes.

Personal Property Tax and vehicle license payments are due June 5, 2018. Contact the Customer Care Center at (804)646-7000 or call locally 311 with questions regarding your bill or should you not receive a bill for any vehicle(s) you own.

Additional information regarding vehicle personal property taxes

2018 Business Personal Property Taxes

Filing and payment of Business personal property taxes is now a two-step process.

Step 1: Submit a listing of property subject to 2018 business personal property taxes on the form provided by the Finance Department by March 1, 2018. Upon receipt of this information, you will be issued a tax bill that is due on June 5, 2018 (Step 2). A payment is not due with this filing.

Step 2: Submit your payment for the 2018 tax year on or before June 5, 2018. Upon receipt of your information in Step 1, you will be issued a tax bill that is due on June 5, 2018. Contact the Tax Assessment Office at (804)646-7000 with questions regarding your bill or should you not receive the form necessary for Step 1 or a bill to submit your payment in Step 2.

Additional information regarding business personal property taxes and renewals

2018 Returns

2017 Returns

Ordinance No. 2007-299-261 was adopted by City Council for more details regarding business personal property taxes in 2009.

New Business License

If you are starting a new business in the city of Richmond, you need to complete a new business application. New businesses in the city must obtain a license within 30 days of the date of opening. The business license identifies the business and serves as base for imposing business taxes.

Owners of businesses within the Richmond city limits are required to obtain a Richmond business license annually. Before you can renew the business license, you must obtain your "Certificate of Zoning Compliance". Contact Planning and Development Review for more information.

If you have questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact the Business License Unit.

Real Estate Taxes Are Due In Two Equal Payments

Real estate taxes are due in two equal payments on January 16, 2018 and June 14, 2018. Any tax exemptions, e.g. tax relief for the elderly and disabled or tax rehabilitation exemptions, will be credited to each tax bill in one-half increments as well for those participating in these programs in 2015.

Disabled Veterans, or their surviving spouses, who believe they may be eligible for the real estate tax exemption effective January 1, 2011, as a result of an amendment to the Virginia Constitution and subsequent legislation enacted by the Virginia General Assembly, should contact the City Assessor's Office at (804) 646-7500 to obtain further information.

Real Estate Tax Exemption Program for Elderly and Disabled Simplified

Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief Assistance Available

The real estate tax exemption program for the elderly and permanently disabled has been simplified. The tax exemption amount for which the elderly or disabled property owner is qualified will be based solely on the income of the property owner and others living in the household.

Those currently participating in the program will receive one-half of their exemption amount applied to their first half tax bill due January 16, 2018. Re-certifications and applications, where necessary, will still need to be completed and returned by the March 31, 2018 due date to have the second half exemption amount applied to the tax bill due June 14, 2018.

Those applying to participate in the program for the first time in 2018 will need to complete and file their application by the March 31, 2018 due date. First time applicants will be billed the full, first half, tax amount due January 16, 2018.

Once their application has been reviewed and the exemption amount for which they are qualified is determined, one-half of the exemption will be applied to the January 17th tax bill that has been paid and the taxpayer will receive a refund for the amount of the first half exemption for which they remitted a payment on or before January 16, 2018.

The Director of Finance may also approve applicants for tax relief for the elderly and disabled due to Extreme Financial Hardship. The taxpayer must have experienced an extreme financial hardship in the immediate past tax year or be actively experiencing an extreme hardship in the current tax year. Examples of extreme financial hardship include illness, accident or loss of property, death of a spouse, or other extraordinary circumstance beyond the taxpayer's control. In these types of circumstances, the Department of Finance will give consideration to the Application for Tax Relief.

One-half of the exemption amount will be applied to the second half bill due June 14, 2018. For those eligible for 100% tax relief, the second half bill will show a zero ($0.00) balance due.

To retain the tax exemption for the 2018 tax year, the taxpayer must remit the portion for which they are responsible by the January and June due dates. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the tax exemption for the 2018 tax year.

To obtain a copy of the 2018 Tax Relief Application or a copy of the Authorization Form for someone other than the property owner to communicate with Finance regarding tax relief issues on behalf of the taxpayer, select the appropriate link noted below:

For more information, please call (804) 646-6015.

Renter Exemption from Solid Waste and Recycling Fees

Renters who are elderly and disabled and meet certain income, net worth, and other criteria are eligible for an exemption from solid waste and recycling fees, per City Code Section 23-42(e).

Please see the application form below for more information and details regarding how to apply for this exemption from the Department of Public Works.

Real Estate Tax Exemption for Rehabilitated Properties

In 2015, the exemptions for properties that are qualified for the residential and commercial & industrial tax rehabilitation exemptions will receive one-half of the exemption amount applied to the first half tax bill due January 16, 2018 and one-half applied to the second half tax bill due June 14, 2018.

Properties with pending tax rehabilitation applications will receive a tax bill for the full first half payment due on January 16, 2018. These property owners will also receive a letter from Finance indicating there is a pending tax rehabilitation application for their property.

Once the tax rehabilitation process has been completed and a final determination made by the City Assessor's Office, the property owner will receive a letter from Finance that will advise the taxpayer of the amount of the rehabilitation exemption applied to their first half tax bill. The taxpayer will be provided an additional 30 days to pay any remaining balance due from the first half tax bill. The second half tax bill due June 14, 2018 will include one-half of the tax rehabilitation exemption.

To retain the 2018 tax rehabilitation exemption for the property, the taxpayer must remit the total amount for which they are responsible by each respective due date. Failure to do so may result in a loss of the tax exemption for the 2018 tax year.

False Alarm Fees

The city of Richmond has been actively outsourcing the administration, billing, and collections of false alarms.

These enhanced services are designed to increase customer service and raise awareness regarding the importance of reducing false alarms and the impact it has on emergency responders. Citizens may register their alarms for free through the online service ensuring accurate and updated contact information. The new website also includes key information regarding the city code, FAQs, and Alarm Prevention Tips. The city is even offering a false alarm reduction online class at no cost to citizens.

Along with these new services, all false-alarm-related fees can be paid by check and mailed in for processing. As an added convenience, web payments can be made online with any major credit card. Payments for false alarms will no longer be taken in person at City Hall or other locations.

To check out the new site, register your alarm, or make a payment, visit To contact customer service regarding questions about your false alarm bill, call toll-free 1-877-893-5267.

Starting a Business in Richmond?

Are you interested in starting a business in the city of Richmond? The Office of Minority Business Development can assist you in making good decisions about your business plans.

Independent Municipal Advisor Exemption

By publicly posting the following written disclosure, the city of Richmond, Virginia intends that market participants receive and use it for purposes of the independent registered municipal advisor exemption to the SEC Municipal Advisor Rule.

The city of Richmond, Virginia has retained an independent registered municipal advisor. The city of Richmond, Virginia is represented by and will rely on its municipal advisor, Davenport & Company LLC, to provide advice on proposals from financial services firms concerning the issuance of municipal securities and municipal financial products (including investments of bond proceeds and escrow investments (if applicable)). This certificate may be relied upon until May 14, 2019.

Proposals may be addressed to:

City of Richmond
Attn: Procurement
900 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219

If the proposal received will be seriously considered by the city of Richmond, Virginia, the city will share the document with its municipal advisor. Please note that aside from regulatory-mandated correspondence between an underwriter and municipal advisor, the underwriter should not share or discuss proposals with the municipal advisor unless they already have been provided to the city of Richmond, Virginia.

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