Countywide Dialogue on Transportation: Sales Tax


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Continuation of Countywide Dialogue on Transportation from Fairfax County

A sales tax would require authority from the General Assembly. An additional 0.5% increase would generate approximately $83 million for the County.

Definition:

  • Tax on retail sales in Fairfax County

Current Rate:

  • There is currently a 1% local option sales tax that goes to the County general fund. The County receives the 1% local option of the 5% state rate.

 Example Rate:

  • 0.5% increase to the current tax rate.

Potential Annual Revenue at Example Rate:

  • $83 million

 Requirements:

  • An increase to the current rate requires General Assembly authorization.

 Bond Eligibility?

  • Could be bonded, depending on how it is implemented.

 Who Pays?

  • Businesses, Fairfax County residents, and non-residents who make purchases in Fairfax County

 Who Doesn't Pay?

  • People who do not make purchases in Fairfax County

Effect on Household:

  • $214 per year per household
  • Assumption: Sales Tax generated in Fairfax County is $83,438,153 with 390,900 households in the county.

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