Taxes and Fees
Like any locality, Pittsylvania County has different taxes and fees that are levied to generate revenue. Local taxation is what makes up the majority of Pittsylvania County’s general fund – or annual operating money that the Board of Supervisors control.
Some of these taxes apply to citizens, while others apply to businesses. Some are intended to collect revenue from those traveling through, and others are targeted to those who live here. Some are passed down from the state, while others are simply allowed by State Code. Below is a comprehensive list of each of the taxes and fees that are levied in Pittsylvania County.
Real Estate Tax
Whether it be an empty lot, an industrial facility, or a large estate, anyone who owns real estate pays annual taxes to Pittsylvania County. Since the 2018 reassessment, Pittsylvania County has maintained a real estate tax rate of $0.62. This means that any property owner will pay annual taxes of $6.20 for every $1,000 in assessed value. The average tax burden for a Pittsylvania County property owner is just over $400 a year.
Personal Property Tax
As allowed by Virginia Code, Pittsylvania County levies a personal property tax on all automobiles, trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, boats, airplanes, mobile homes, business furniture, fixtures, equipment, and machinery and tools used in a manufacturing process. The personal property tax rate in Pittsylvania County is $9.00 for every $100 in assessed value.
Solid Waste Fee
To cover operating expenses of all solid waste services, he Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors levied a solid waste of $120 annually beginning in 2018. This fee generates over $3 million and covers approximately 80% of operations for the landfill and county convenience centers.
Learn more about the Solid Waste Fee and the services that it helps provide.
Machinery and Tools
All manufacturers located in Pittsylvania County are required to file an itemized listing (including fully depreciated or expensed items) of all equipment utilized in the manufacturing process as of January 1 of the tax year. Machinery and tools are assessed at 10% of original capitalized cost and the tax rate set by the Board of Supervisors is $4.50 per $100 assessed value.
Learn more about Machinery and Tools and Merchant's Capital taxes in Pittsylvania County.
All businesses located in Pittsylvania County are required to file an itemized listing (including fully depreciated or expensed items) of all business equipment owned as of January 1 of the tax year. The tax rate is $9.00 per every $100 in value, but most business personal property is assessed at a percentage of the cost ranging from 30%-5%.
Every restaurant, caterer, coffee shop, convenience store, grocery deli, etc. located in Pittsylvania County engaged in the business of selling meals and/or beverages is required to collect a 6% food tax on the amount paid for meals purchased from any food establishment, whether prepared in such food establishment or not and whether consumed on premises or not. On average, this tax generates approximately $1.2 million in annual, local revenue. Pittsylvania County’s meals tax is in addition to Virginia’s sales tax of 5.3%.
Learn more about Pittsylvania County's meal tax and how food establishments should remit payments.
Transient Occupancy Tax
As of January 1, 2021, Pittsylvania County has a transient occupancy tax of 4%. This tax, which is allowable by Virginia Code 58.1-3819/, applies to those staying in hotels, motels, boarding houses, campgrounds, and other facilities for fewer than 30 consecutive days. Half of the proceeds are used for general governance and the other half is used for tourism enhancement.
Learn more about the County's transient occupancy tax and how relevant businesses should register and remit payments.