Business License Tax Calculator & Filing Form

Use this calculator only if you had a business license last year from James City County. If not, you must first apply for the license

Important: Read this entire page before beginning.

Business license holders must calculate their own tax and remit payment with their business license return by March 1 annually. This page provides a tax calculator for your convenience, but does not allow for online filing of your business license return. After using the calculator, you must print the completed form, sign it and mail it along with a check to the address at the bottom of the page.

All Businesses

Use the calculator at the bottom of this page to calculate your 2024 tax. Second year businesses (whose first business license in James City County was last year) must also calculate their estimate-to-actual adjustment. You may contact our staff for assistance with your calculation.

If prior year gross receipts were zero, input “0”.

Restaurants, Stores and Others Serving or Selling Alcoholic Beverages

Calculate your license tax on all gross receipts, including sales of all beverages. Add the flat fees shown on your return to the tax.

Contractors

All contractors must submit complete renewal package which must consist of the following:

  • NEW FOR 2024:  Include a completed Virginia Form 61A, “Contractor’s Certificate of Workers’ Compensation Insurance.”  Go to www.workcomp.virginia.gov/forms/certificate-workers-compensation-insurance-form-61a for form and instructions. The form must be completed with the same business name and entity type that is on your business license and SCC certificate. Do not send a certificate from your insurance agent. The state no longer offers online filing.
  • A copy of your current Virginia Class A, B, or C contractor’s license.
    • Include list of all subcontractors, including full name and address, and amount paid in James City County during 2023.

Names and entity types on all contractor documents (business license, state contractor's license and VWC Form 61a) must match exactly. Incomplete or mismatched contractor renewal packages will not be processed, and will be considered late if not completed by March 1.

Out of Town Contractors

When using the tax calculator, input your 2024 estimated gross receipts in James City County, and pay tax based on that. On the paper return, you should handwrite your 2023 actual gross receipts in James City County. 

Staff will calculate the 2023 adjustment, if any, and you will either be credited or billed by the Treasurer.

Out of town contractors only: If your 2024 estimated gross receipts are below $25,000, do not send payment - but you must still send the complete renewal package to get your license.

Late Filers

 After September 30 of the license year, you must include a copy of your complete prior year business federal tax return with your renewal form.

File Your Return, Including All Required Documents and Full Payment by March 1, 2023

Returns must be postmarked or delivered in person by March 1. We cannot accept faxed, emailed, photocopied or scanned returns, or returns with stamped or electronic signatures. Online filing is not available at this time. 

Make check payable to: 

Treasurer, James City County

Mail check and renewal form together to:

Commissioner of the Revenue
PO Box 283
Williamsburg VA 23187-0283

Both form and check must be mailed to the James City County Commissioner of the Revenue in the same envelope to the address above, or delivered together to the Commissioner of Revenue. Do not mail or deliver form and check separately. Do not mail to any address other than PO Box 283, Williamsburg, VA 23187.

Questions may be directed to our staff at 757-253-6698.