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Virginia Population Shifts - Localities Face Challenges as Growth Slows

In the decades after World War II, Virginia experienced rapid population growth driven by a number of factors, including the nationwide baby boom; the growth of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area; and the southward migration of Americans after the end of segregation and the invention of air conditioning...MORE

2016 Virginia Local Tax Rates Available

The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce that the publication “Virginia Local Tax Rates: 2016,” 35th Annual Edition, is in print and is available through LexisNexis.

The 375-page book features tax information for all 38 Virginia cities, all 95 counties and for 137 of the state’s 192 incorporated towns. The soft-cover book was compiled by Stephen C. Kulp, research specialist with Weldon Cooper’s Center for Economic and Policy Studies.

Many Virginia localities impose different types of taxes for local services and all have differing tax rates. For example, 29 cities and two counties impose tobacco taxes and net a total of more than $70 million from such taxes, which amounts to less than 0.5 percent of all local revenue. Tax rates on cigarettes range from a high of $1.15 per pack in Alexandria to 55 cents in Charlottesville to 10 cents a pack in Petersburg.

The new Virginia Local Tax Rates, 2016 book references all the tax categories permitted in the Code of Virginia. Readers can find data on taxes for real property, merchants' capital, tangible personal property, utilities, motor vehicle licenses, business licenses, tobacco, meals, lodging and more.

The only comprehensive view of local taxation in Virginia is prepared annually by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. It is an indispensable resource for anyone involved with local governments in Virginia, either as a taxpayer, elected official, administrator, business leader, or researcher.

The printed book and eBook can be pre-ordered online at the LexisNexis Store.