Taxes

Virginia Public Access Project

A Pittsylvania County RV dealer says the county's inventory tax is unfair to businesses like his and could force him to leave the area...and a controversial painting is drawing some criticism for a Virginia Beach museum. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

Airbnb: Who Writes the Rules?

May 10, 2016
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A deadly shooting last month at an Airbnb rental in Virginia Beach is casting a tragic shadow over this week’s meeting of a Virginia Housing Commission work group. The commission panel is set to take up a contentious issue that was unresolved from the General Assembly session: How should the state regulate Airbnb?

United States Census Bureau

It's tax time. Have you filed your tax return yet? If you have, you're part of a system that funds most state government functions in Virginia. According to data from the Census Bureau, Virginia relies more on income taxes for its state revenue than almost any other state. 

  If you don’t have kids you still have to pay the taxes that support public schools, just like everyone else. But Republicans in the state legislature are putting weight behind an educational measure that would change that. A proposed bill would allow parents who send their kids to private school or home-school to get some of their tax money back.

That money wouldn’t go straight into parents’ pockets, but into a savings account that could only be accessed for educational spending.

Medication is exempt from sales tax in Virginia, and one other category could be included in that group if the legislature approves.  Lawmakers are considering a bill to stop taxing feminine hygiene products.

Delegate Mark Keam of Vienna says a female staffer convinced him that the legislature needed to look at a new category of products that women of child-bearing age buy – tampons and sanitary napkins.

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