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The best value in the region

Stafford is the closest locality to Washington DC with low taxes and a pro-business commitment.

  • Lower Tax Climate (No gross receipts/BPOL tax, aggressive Property Tax Depreciation Schedule, no boat tax, no aircraft tax, low property tax rate).
  • Available, affordable land.
  • Ample energy at low cost.
  • Highly skilled technical workforce eager to work in the county instead of commuting to metro Washington DC.

Business-related taxes and associated rates:

BUSINESS PROPERTY is all equipment, furniture, fixtures, etc. used in a business. Business Property is assessed at a percentage of original cost using the following depreciation schedule:

1st year – 35%
2nd year – 30%
3rd year – 25%
4th year – 20%
5th year and all subsequent years – 15%

MACHINERY & TOOLS – ELIMINATED refers to equipment used in manufacturing, mining, processing or reprocessing, radio or television broadcasting, cable television, dairy, dry cleaning or laundry business, and trucks used for hire that qualify as common carriers. As of July 1, 2013, Stafford County no longer imposes any taxes on Machinery & Tools used for the purposes defined above.

MERCHANTS CAPITAL is inventory of stock on hand and is assessed at 100% of cost.

Tax Rates

Stafford County: Business Taxes – 2014 Current Rate per $100 of Assesed Valuation Effective rate
Real Property $1.019 $0.91
Business Personal Property $5.49 $1.92*
Business Vehicles $5.49 $2.20**
Machinery & Tools (eliminated as of July 1, 2013) $0.00 0.00
Merchant’s Capital $0.50 $0.50
Garrisonville Rd Transportation District (Real Property) 0.087+
Warrenton Rd Transportation District (Real Property) 0.000+
Hidden Lake District (Real Property) 0.421+
Utility Tax (electric, gas, telephone, etc):
Electric Min: $1.15/Max: $200
Gas Min: $2.29/Max: $100
Moblie Phones 10% not to exceed $30
Telephone 3% of charges
Other Stafford Taxes (collected by businesses):
Transient Occupancy Tax 5%
Meals Tax 4%
Short-Term Rental 1%
Local Sales Tax 1%
* Year 1 (depreciation schedule begins at 35%)
** Assessed at 40% of NADA value
+ Additional amount added to Real Property rate in these districts
Stafford CPI-U (April 2014): 232.5
Virginia Tax Rates:    
Corporate Income Tax: 6%
Personal Income Tax: 5.75% max
Sales & Use Tax: 4.3%
Unemployment Insurance Tax: (new employers) 2.92%*
* Wage base:  $8,000

Note:  Virginia does not tax machinery & tools, business tangible property, real estate, or business intangible property; only imposed at the local level.