Virginia business licenses

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What should I know about business licenses in Virginia?

It's hard to know where you're going to stand when you seek a Virginia business license. There's little rhyme or reason as to why some municipalities require a business license in VA and others don't.

The capricious nature of business licenses in Virginia (VA) is especially true on the local level when a business is operating without a physical location. We once assisted a customer operating a Mobile Auto Repair business that needed to provide services in 11 geographically close municipalities. 6 of those municipalities required him to obtain a business license while five waived the obligation (without explanation).

Another complication in Virginia is that the state requires every business to obtain a state tax registration. Unlike most states that require this business license only in the event that a business employs a specific number of people or collects sales tax, Virginia requires it of every business. So it goes in The Old Dominion.

State facts

  • Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, Virginia, is the world’s largest naval base. The base is classified as America’s fifth most endangered military base. The base also serves as a major naval air center.

  • Loudoun County hosts data centers that are responsible to cater to almost 3 quarters of the web’s traffic. The County has more than 10 million square feet of building space and more than 100 massive data centers.

  • Virginia is home to the largest office building in the world – the Pentagon. The Pentagon serves as the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense including three military services—Army, Navy, and Air Force.

State Rates

Virginia sales tax rates updated monthly

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