Tax Payment Help for Businesses During Pandemic
Two programs have recently been implemented to help businesses during this difficult time.
VA Dept of Taxation Sales Tax Filing Extension
Businesses impacted by coronavirus can request an extension of the due date for filing and payment of their February 2020 sales tax return due March 20, 2020, for 30 days. When granted, businesses will be able to file and pay no later than April 20, 2020 with a waiver of any penalties. For more information, see Virginia Tax Bulletin 20-3: Option to Request Extension of Sales Tax Deadlines for those Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis.
Virginia Tax is committed to keeping you informed as the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to evolve. Visit tax.virginia.gov/coronavirus for tax-related coronavirus updates.
Local Taxes Penalties Waiver
We care about your business and want to help during this difficult time. On March 17, City Council approved a resolution (R-2020-13) to waiver penalties/interest on meals, transient occupancy tax ("motel" or "lodging") and admissions taxes. Below is more about the process as a result of the waiver approval:
- As a first response, the City of Winchester will waive late filing/payment penalties and interest on amounts due for the period of March 17, 2020 through May 31, 2020 for the above mentioned excise taxes.
- Each business will need to continue submitting a standard monthly filing, even if there is a zero-dollar filing due to temporary closure.
- If your filing includes less than a full payment amount, please include a note to that effect along with any anticipated payment date.
As of now, City offices are closed to the public but remain staffed on a reduced basis to serve you. You are welcome to contact us by phone, email, or fax. You may also submit filings and payments by mail or through the drop box located outside our new Commissioner of the Revenue and Treasurer offices at the Creamery Building, 21 South Kent Street, Suite 101.
We will do our best to keep you informed of further changes or relief programs through the website, press release and further mailings.
Jeffrey L. Barbour, Treasurer
The Treasurer is a Constitutional Officer elected by the City of Winchester citizens to a four-year term to collect taxes and local fees in addition to making payments on behalf of the local government. The Treasurer also manages the investment of local funds and assists in maintaining records on local finances.
"As the Treasurer is elected to serve, I want to thank you for giving my staff and me the honor and privilege of serving you." - Jeff Barbour
First Elected: January 1, 2014
Current Term Expires: December 31, 2021
21 S. Kent Street, Suite 101
Winchester, VA 22601
(CLOSED until further notice as a COVID-19 precaution. Staff available via phone & email.)
Office Hours: 8:00 am-4:30 pm (M-F)
Staff Available by Phone & Email: 8:00 am-5:00 pm (M-F)
DROP BOX AVAILABLE OUTSIDE BUILDING
(540) 667-1815, option #3
Fax (540) 662-2672
Our Mission: To provide efficient, accurate, prompt and courteous service to all City of Winchester citizens.
Our Goal: To treat all taxpayers fairly and equally through the application of the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Ordinances of the City of Winchester as directed by City Code. Citizen satisfaction is very important to everyone in the Treasurer's Office.