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There are many taxes you'll have to consider as a Virginia resident, like income and property taxes, taxes on utilities and water and plenty of other essential service taxes. Your bill may start adding up, but maybe there are exemptions or credits you can qualify for to reduce it?
Whether you live in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake or Richmond, you'll need to account for the various state and federal taxes in your budget, including everyday sales and gasoline taxes. It can be easy to get lost in all of the taxes you'll owe, so use the information in LawInfo's Virginia tax law articles to become familiar with them and to avoid penalties.
Taxpayers in Virginia don't all pay the same state income tax rate. Not only does the tax percentage rate increase for higher taxable incomes, but taxpayers with an income of above $3,000 must pay a flat dollar amount in addition to their rate. Virginia has a progressive income tax system, which you can calculate like this for individuals or married taxpayers filing separately (based on 2016 rates):
Virginia's Department of Taxation provides a tax rate schedule that gives you an approximate tax dollar amount based on your income for easy reference.
Virginia imposes a general sales and use tax of 5.3 percent on all goods and services sold within the state. The use tax is applied to the purchase of goods or services used in the state but purchased from out-of-state vendors who don't pay Virginia's sales tax. The following cities and counties impose a sales and use tax rate of six percent:
"Sin" taxes are levied on consumer products like alcohol and tobacco wherever these things are legalized. They act as additional sales taxes (a.k.a. excise taxes) for products or services that are culturally perceived as vices. Sin taxes are meant to dissuade consumers from purchasing or using the taxed products or services without making them illegal.
Virginia imposes the following tobacco sin taxes:
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified tax lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local tax attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.