On November 5, 2013, the majority of voters in Henrico County approved a referendum that would allow the Board of Supervisors to impose a tax on prepared food and beverages, commonly known as a meals tax, equal to 4% of the amount charged.

A meals tax could not take effect until an ordinance was considered and adopted by the Board of Supervisors after a public hearing. The January 28, 2014 Board of Supervisors agenda included the introduction of an ordinance to amend the County Code to levy a four percent food and beverage tax (commonly known as a meals tax).

At the February 25, 2014 Board of Supervisors meeting a public hearing was held on the amendment to the Code of the County of Henrico to levy a 4% meals tax.  After the public hearing the Board of Supervisors approved the amendment to levy a 4% meals tax. The collection of this tax will begin on June 1, 2014.

It is anticipated that a 4% meals tax would generate approximately $18 million in additional revenue, which is dedicated to the operational and capital project needs of the Henrico County Public Schools.

Below are links to informational materials on the meals tax including the training schedule and registration application:

 Meals Tax Training Schedule  Guidelines for Food and Beverages
 Henrico County Meals Tax Application  Meals Tax Exemption Form
 Meals Tax Ordinance  Meals Tax Training Presentation
 Meals Tax Return Form  Meals Tax Table

 

If you have questions please contact either Susan Layne, (804) 501-7354, lay@co.henrico.va.us or Steve Klos, (804) 501-7329,klo11@co.henrico.va.us in the Revenue Division of the Department of Finance.Please continue to check the website for updated information on the meals tax.