​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Investigations Division of the Commissioner’s Office handles a myriad of duties in service to the taxpayers and to the City of Virginia Beach. All tax assessments including licenses, property declarations, cigarette tax stamps, etc., are monitored and held in compliance with local and state ordinances and codes. Complaints and concerns received regarding taxes the Commissioner administers are often resolved at this level. 

The staff of the Investigations Division ensures that businesses locating and located within Virginia Beach are properly licensed, remit all required consumer taxes, and file property declarations appropriately. Investigators also prepare for the prosecution of tax law violators in the appropriate court of jurisdiction. ​

 Vacation Rental Property by Owner

​Renting homes, apartments and rooms on a short-term basis through an online marketplace has become very popular. If you have or are considering renting your home, apartment, or a room on a short term basis (less than 90 days), you are required to register with the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office. During the registration process, a transient lodging tax (trustee tax)​ account is assigned. Owners are required to charge and collect the appropriate amount of lodging tax from guests and remit the collected amount to the city treasurer monthly.

The tax rate for lodging is eight (8) percent of the total amount paid for lodging, plus an additional flat tax of one dollar ($2.00) for each night the lodger rents. If the rental is located in Sandbridge​, the tax rate is nine and one-half (9.5) percent of the total amount paid for lodging plus an additional flat tax of one dollar ($2​.00) for each night the lodger rents.​

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