Business Taxes

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223
Fairfax, VA 22035

Young Tarry,
Division Director

Short-Term Lodging in Fairfax County

A short-term property rental, also known as short-term lodging (STL), refers to any occupancy of a rental dwelling for a period of less than thirty days, such as those advertised on Airbnb, VRBO, FlipKey, and others.

Requirements (effective October 1, 2018)

Beginning July 1, 2019, some hosting platforms will collect and remit SALES Tax to the state. This is not TOT tax.

  • Platforms will charge sales tax to all guests. This will show as a separate line item when booking.
  • A sales tax return will be filed to the Virginia Department of Taxation.
  • Hosts are responsible for understanding and fulfilling all requirements listed above. TOT is required to be collected by hosts from their guests and remitted to the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (DTA).
  • If you are a host, please contact the platform(s) where you are listing your property to obtain details.

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  • Zoning-related questions: call 703-324-1314, TTY 711, or send us an email
  • Tax-related questions: call 703-222-8234, option 4, or send us an email
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