Meal, Room and Lodging Taxes

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Email: commrev@williamsburgva.gov

Telephone: (757) 220-6150
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


MEAL TAXES

Code of the City of Williamsburg Sec. 18-271 through 282

In addition to state sales tax, all food establishments are to register for and collect a 5% meals tax. Upon application for a Business License, payment coupons will be provided. Payment is to be paid in person or postmarked by the Post Office on or before the 20th of each month. Late fees are to be included with late payments. No bill will be sent.

Penalty is 10% or $10.00 whichever is greater and is to be added each month payment is delinquent.

Interest is .8333% per month beginning the first day of the month after payment is due. (I.E. – April payment is due May 20. Penalty begins May 21, interest begins June 1).

Each failure to report and remit payment is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or $2,500 fine per offense. Each failure to report is a separate offense as is each failure to remit payment. (Code of Virginia, 1950 as amended, 58.1-3907 and the Code of the City of Williamsburg 18-281.


ROOM TAXES

Code of the City of Williamsburg Sec. 18-236 through 245.

In addition to state sales tax, all transient lodging establishments are to register for and collect a 5% room tax. Upon application for a Business License, payment coupons will be provided. Payment is to be paid in person or postmarked by the Post Office on or before the 20th of each month. Late fees are to be included with late payments. No bill will be sent

Penalty is 10% or $10.00 whichever is greater. Interest is .8333% per month beginning the first day of the month after payment is due. (I.E. – April payment is due May 20. Penalty begins May 21, interest begins June 1).

Each failure to report and remit payment is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or $2,500 fine per offense. Each failure to report is a separate offense as is each failure to remit payment. (Code of Virginia, 1950 as amended, 58.1-3907 and the Code of the City of Williamsburg 18-281

 

LODGING TAX - $2.00 PER ROOM NIGHT TAX

Code of the City of Williamsburg Sec. 18-236. Code of Virginia 58.1-3823 C.

In addition to the 5% lodging tax there is a $2.00 per room night transient occupancy tax. There is space provided on the room tax coupon for reporting of this payment. Penalty and interest are applied in the same manner as the 5% tax.

This money is used for tourism development and promotion in the Historic Triangle Area. Fifty percent of these funds are paid for the purposes of marketing the destination to the Historic Triangle Marketing Fund administered by the Tourism Council of the Greater Williamsburg Area Chamber and Tourism Alliance. Fifty percent of the funds remain with the City and are deposited in the Tourism Development Fund for investment in tourism product.


Please mail completed forms to: Commissioner of the Revenue, P.O. Box 245, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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