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Virginia City of Richmond Tax Amnesty Bill Approved


Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed Senate Bill 42 (SB 42) and companion House Bill 358 (HB 358) into law this week. The bill “[e]xpands the scope of the City of Richmond’s tax amnesty program to include all local taxes and accrued interest.”

The City of Richmond, Virginia tax amnesty program allows that “…any person, individual, corporation, estate, trust, or partnership required to file a local tax return or to pay any local tax shall be eligible to participate, subject to the requirements set forth below and guidelines established by the director of finance.”

The program states that interest and civil penalties “…which are the result of nonpayment, underpayment, nonreporting or underreporting of one or more types of local tax liabilities, may be waived upon receipt of the payment of the amount of those taxes and interest….”

Individuals or businesses already under investigation or prosecution are not eligible to participate. The bill goes into effect July 1, 2012 and does not specify any particular time frame limits to the program.

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”