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Fuels Wholesale Sales Tax

Important Notice

Effective July 1, 2018, Virginia Motor Vehicle Fuels Sales Tax (Wholesale Sales Tax) will be converted to a cents per gallon tax. Currently, the tax rate is applied to the sales/cost price charged to the retail dealer. Effective July 1, the tax rate will be applied to the number of gallons sold and delivered to the retail dealer. It will be imperative that the proper gallons and product types on all schedules represent what was sold and delivered.

DMV is responsible for calculating and publishing the tax rate. The gallons times the applicable tax rate will be used to calculate the tax due.

Stay tuned to the filing portal for more information about this July 1 change.

What is the Fuels Wholesale Sales Tax?

The Wholesale Sales Tax is a 2.1% tax on fuels sold in the Northern Virginia area and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission area. This tax is based on the sales price of the fuels and is in addition to all other taxes on fuels. Persons selling fuels to retail dealers are required to be registered as a Wholesale Distributor, collect the wholesale sales tax from the purchaser and remit such tax to DMV. Effective July 1, 2018, a tax rate will be determined and applied to each gallon of fuel sold and delivered to a retail dealer in any of the qualifying areas.

The jurisdictions that comprise the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) are the counties of Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, Manassas Park, and Fredericksburg.

The jurisdictions that comprise the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) are the counties of Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, and York, and the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Franklin, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Poquoson, and Portsmouth.

NOTE: The counties of Gloucester and Surry are not included.



Motor Vehicle Fuels Sales Tax Rates
Effective July 1, 2018

To obtain the current tax rates, refer to Motor Vehicle Fuels Sales Tax Rates.


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