Business Taxes

Scam Alert to All Arlington Businesses

It has come to our attention that a mailing soliciting funds is being sent from an organization calling itself the Virginia Council for Corporations.

This is a scam – there is no such council. Do not send money to the address provided on the mailing.

Please see the explanation and guidance from the Virginia SCC regarding the scam at

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Commissioner of Revenue’s Business Tax Division by telephone at 703-228-3060 or via email to

The Commissioner of Revenue’s Business Tax Division:
  • Licenses and assesses a business privilege tax (officially known as the “Business, Professional, and Occupational License” or “BPOL” tax) on all Arlington businesses, including home-based businesses.
  • Assesses the business tangible personal property tax on all furniture, computers, fixtures, machinery and tools of all Arlington businesses and ensures that all businesses report their owned and leased equipment in the same uniform manner.
  • Assesses the annual Bank Franchise Tax
  • Administers custodial taxes such as the County Meals Tax, Transient Occupancy Tax, Cigarette Tax and Short-term Rental Tax. These custodial taxes are collected from customers by businesses and are considered to be held in trust by the businesses until payment to the County.
  • Conducts desk audits of all business license tax applications for several factors, including verification of mathematical calculations, review of tax classifications and examination of unusual changes in gross receipts from one reporting year to another.
  • Conducts in-depth field audits of selected accounts to ensure that businesses report their gross receipts properly and have the proper tax rate classification.

For more information about business taxes, contact the Business Tax Division at 703-228-3060.