Virginia Sales Tax Guide

A step-by-step guide to understanding Virginia sales tax rules.


If you are selling taxable goods to residents of Virginia, you may need to collect, file, and pay sales tax to the Virginia Department of Taxation. Not sure where or how to get started? Our Guide to Virginia Sales Tax will help you get set up to achieve proper sales tax compliance.

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Table of Contents

An Overview of Virginia Sales Tax

Understanding where, when, and how to collect Virginia sales tax is no easy task. Whether you're collecting tax dollars at the point-of-sale or collecting Virginia internet sales tax, our guide will break down the sales tax compliance process into focused, easy to understand chapters.

Virginia Sales Tax Nexus

Understanding whether you need to collect, file, and remit Virginia sales tax depends on a concept known as nexus. In this chapter, we'll take a look at situations that may trigger in Virginia such as storing inventory in the state, hiring state residents, and click-through nexus.

Registering to Collect Virginia Sales Tax

You'll want to get started establishing Virginia sales tax compliance by understanding how to get your business registered for the necessary sales tax permit. We'll walk you through the process and help you understand when is the best time to get your business registered in Virginia.

Collecting Sales Tax in Virginia

After you've registered your business with the Virginia Department of Taxation, you're ready to begin collecting sales tax. We'll review topics such as Virginia sales tax exemptions, sales tax holidays, and determining state and local sales tax rates.

Filing Virginia Sales Tax Returns

Now that you're business is registered with the Virginia Department of Taxation and collecting sales tax, you'll need to file tax returns in an ongoing basis. We'll help you gain a deep understand of the process of filing sales tax returns. Topic covered include filing frequencies, filing on behalf of a client, and what happens if you file late.

Virginia Sales Tax Filing Due Dates

Every business that registers to collect Virginia sales tax will be assigned a filing frequency. In this chapter, we'll take a look at the filing frequencies and associated due dates supported by the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Late Filing Penalties, Fines & Interest

We know, mistakes happen and, from time to time, sales tax filing deadlines are missed. In this chapter, we'll take a look at what penalties you may be required to pay should you miss your assigned Virginia sales tax filing date. We'll also consider interest charges for late sales tax payments.

Sales Tax on Virginia Shipping & Handling

The rise of the internet economy has made it possible for buyers around the world to order your products. Did you know shipping and handling may be taxable? In this chapter we'll cover sales tax on shipping and handling in Virginia. You'll want to pay attention here because there are some important details pertaining to invoicing you'll want to understand.