Effective July 1, 2013, there will be a change in the state-wide sales and use taxes. For more information
on the changes effective July 1, please visit the
Virginia Department of Taxation web site.
If you have additional questions, you may contact the Department of Taxation directly at (804) 367-8037.
These changes were enacted by the 2013 Session of the Virginia General Assembly in
Note: These changes will not affect what you collect for or pay to the city of Richmond.
2013 Personal Property Tax Information
New for 2013 Tax Year
The Personal Property Tax due date was changed to June 5, 2013 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 the 2013 tax year will be 58%.
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.
2013 Personal Property Taxes Due June 5, 2013
Personal Property Tax and vehicle license payments are due June 5, 2013. Contact the
Tax Assessment Office at (804)646-5700 with questions regarding your bill or should you not receive a bill for any vehicle(s)
Additional information regarding
vehicle personal property taxes
2013 Business Personal Property Taxes
Filing and payment of Business personal property taxes is now a two-step process.
Submit a listing of property subject to 2013 business personal property taxes on the form provided by the Finance Department
by March 1, 2013.
Upon receipt of this information, you will be issued a tax bill that is due on June 5, 2013 (Step 2).
A payment is not due with this filing.
Step 2: Submit your payment for the 2013 tax year on
or before June 5, 2013. Upon receipt of your information in Step 1, you will be issued
a tax bill that is due on June 5, 2013. Contact the Tax Assessment Office at (804)646-5700
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
Ordinance No. 2007-299-261
was adopted by City Council for more details regarding business personal property taxes in 2009.
Real Estate Taxes Are Due In Two Equal Payments
Real estate taxes are due in two equal payments on January 14, 2013 and
June 14, 2013. 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 2013.
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
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 14, 2013. Re-certifications and applications, where necessary, will still need to be completed and returned by the
April 1, 2013 due date to have the second half exemption amount applied to the tax bill due
June 14, 2013.
Those applying to participate in the program for the first time in 2013 will need to complete and file their application by the
April 1, 2013 due date. First time applicants will be billed the full, first half, tax amount due
January 14, 2013.
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 14 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 January 14, 2013.
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
One-half of the exemption amount will be applied to the second half bill due June 14, 2013. 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 2013 tax year, the taxpayer must remit the portion for which they are responsible by the
January 14 and June 14 due dates. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the tax exemption for the 2013 tax year.
To obtain a copy of the 2013 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) 646-7000.
Real Estate Tax Exemption for Rehabilitated Properties
In 2013, 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 14, 2013 and one-half applied to the second half tax bill due
June 14, 2013.
Properties with pending tax rehabilitation applications will receive a tax bill for the full first half payment due on
January 14, 2013.
These property owners will also receive a letter from Finance indicating there is a pending tax rehabilitation application for
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, 2013 will include one-half of the tax rehabilitation
To retain the 2013 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 2013 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.
Residents of the Fan and Carver Districts
are required to obtain a permit to park for periods greater than one hour during specified times.
Please visit the Restricted Parking District page for more information.
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.
View business licenses
that have been issued by the city of Richmond.