Sales and use tax rate increases in Charlotte, Patrick counties on Thursday

Southside Virginia News

(WFXR) – Starting on Thursday, the sales and use tax rate will increase by 1 percent in four Virginia counties — including Charlotte and Patrick counties.

As of Thursday, July 1, Virginia Tax says the sales and use tax rate in Charlotte, Gloucester, Northampton, and Patrick counties will jump to a total of 6.3 percent, which includes the 4.3 percent state tax, the 1 percent local option tax, and the additional 1 percent tax for each county.

The changes are a result of legislation approved by the Virginia General Assembly during the 2020 session.

This adjusted sales and use tax rate does not apply to food purchased for human consumption, such as groceries, or essential personal hygiene products, as both are taxed at a reduced rate.

Virginia Tax provided a comparison of how the sales tax rate breaks down for other parts of Virginia:

  • 3 percent in most locations
  • 6 percent in Hampton Roads (outside of the Historic Triangle region), central Virginia, and northern Virginia
  • 6.3 percent in Halifax and Henry counties
  • 7 percent in the Historic Triangle region

For more information on the sales and use taxes in Virginia, visit the Virginia Tax website. Business owners who have questions can also call the Virginia Tax Business Customer Service line at (804) 367-8037.

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