VRF opposes any industry-specific taxes, particularly those that target the retail sector. The City of Richmond recently proposed and approved a 1.5% increase to the meals tax (the city does not require a referendum as the counties do) as well as a recent consideration to implement a Cigarette Tax. 

VRF is tracking these bills to proactively represent and support the legislative interests of Virginia retailers on the local, State, and Federal levels.

VRF is tracking these bills to proactively represent and support the legislative interests of Virginia retailers on the local, State, and Federal levels.

We just completed our fourth week of the 2018 session. This week there were several issues heard within the committee that impact the retail industry. These issues include product bans and tax issues.

 

An important message from Jodi Roth, Government Affairs, on why VRF opposes the proposed meals tax increase, and why you should too.

The potential impact is far reaching, beyond the restaurant industry. This increase puts our city at a 12.8 percent tax (meals tax + sales tax) and would be amongst the highest tax rates in the country.