The Hampton Roads region offers companies a highly competitive business environment, benefiting from the state and local tax system and incentive structure. In fact, Virginia ranked #1 overall as the Top State for Business in 2021 according to a study by CNBC. Statewide, our corporate income tax rate has stayed at 6% since 1972, a rate below the national average, highlighting our dedication to support business growth and excellence. Additional taxes are levied at a local level, and therefore are dependent upon your location within the region. Unlike most states, however, Virginia only has one local taxing authority; cities and counties are distinct and separate entities that do not overlap.
In terms of incentives, both the state and individual localities offer different packages regarding existing qualifications. Contact an Alliance team member today to learn more about the wealth of benefits for businesses in Hampton Roads.
Virginia ranked #1 for Best State to Do Business in 2019
The mean annual wage rate across all occupations in Hampton Roads is nearly 7% below the U.S. average."
Virginia’s corporate tax rate is 6% - Unchanged since 1972
U.S. Median: $144
U.S. Median: $1.30
Hampton Roads offers a variety of performance-based incentives designed to target the needs of companies considering investment opportunities. These incentives include both state-wide and locally specific options. Eligibility is dependent on a variety of factors, including location, industry, number of employees, etc.To learn more about what incentive packages your company may qualify for, contact a member of the Alliance team.
Commonwealth's Opportunity Fund - Discretionary fund available to secure a business location or expansion project.
Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID) - Fund available to support businesses that add value to Virginia-grown agricultural and forestry products.
Major Eligible Employer Grant Program (MEE) - Provides grants to companies to make significant investments and provide a significant number of stable jobs through expansion or new operation of a significant size.
Virginia Economic Development Incentive Grant (VEDIG) - A grant for companies whose location of a significant headquarters, administrative, or service sector operation led to new employment in Virginia.
Virginia Investment Performance Grant (VIP) - Provides grants to existing manufacturers or manufacturing R&D entities that continue capital investment in Virginia.
Virginia Jobs Investment Program - Program that offers customized recruiting and training assistance to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change.
Virginia Talent Accelerator Program - Customized recruitment and training services designed to fit a company’s specific operations, requirements, standards, and culture. This program will be offered at no cost to companies who qualify for job creation incentives.
Foreign Trade Zones - Hampton Roads is a foreign trade zone which can effectively eliminate or reduce customs duties.
Enterprise Zones - Provides state and local incentives to businesses that create new jobs and invest in real property.
Job Creation Grants - Grants for permanent, full-time job creation over a 4-job threshold that meet wage requirements.
Real Property Investment Grants - Grants for qualified real property investments.
Technology Zones - Grants specific to individual localities in Hampton Roads which assist technology based companies
Property Tax Exemptions - Property is not taxed at the state level; real estate and tangible personal property are locally taxed. There are no taxes on intangible property, manufacturers’ inventory and manufacturers’ furniture, fixtures and corporate aircraft.
Sales and Use Tax Exemption - Virginia offers the broadest sales and use tax exemptions in the U.S for certain purchases used directly in production
Data Center Retail Sales & Use Tax Exemption - Exemption for qualifying computer equipment or software purchased for use in certain data centers that meet requirements.
Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit - Offers $1,000 income tax credit for new full-time jobs created over a certain job threshold Major
R&D Expenses Tax Credit - A tax credit for qualifying companies that incur more than $5 million of R&D expenses
Port Volume Increase Tax Credit - Credit available to companies who increase port cargo through public or private facilities located in Virginia by a minimum of 5% in a single year.
Barge and Rail Usage Tax Credit - Credit available to companies who move cargo by barge or rail, rather than truck, on Virginia’s highways
International Trade Facility Tax Credit - Tax credit for either new job creation or capital investment in an international trade facility as a result of moving 10% more cargo through a Virginia Port Authority-operated cargo facility than in the preceding taxable year.
Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant Program - Grants companies can obtain for construct new or expand existing maritime-related employment centers.