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Consumer Utility Tax

Every person or business, including but not limited to public service corporations, that sells or furnishes a utility service must collect a City tax from the purchaser of the service.

Due Dates

Utility taxes for gas and electricity are due on or before the last day of the month following the month being reported.

Month Taxes
Collected from Customer
Due Date
JanuaryFebruary 28
FebruaryMarch 31
MarchApril 30
AprilMay 31
MayJune 30
JuneJuly 31
JulyAugust 31
AugustSeptember 30
SeptemberOctober 31
OctoberNovember 30
NovemberDecember 31
DecemberJanuary 31

Utility taxes for water are due on or before the fifteenth (15th) of the second calendar month following the month of collection

Month Taxes
Collected from Customer
Due Date
JanuaryMarch 15
FebruaryApril 15
MarchMay 15
AprilJune 15
MayJuly 15
JuneAugust 15
JulySeptember 15
AugustOctober 15
SeptemberNovember 15
OctoberDecember 15
NovemberJanuary 15
DecemberFebruary 15

Computation of Tax

Residential

  • Electricity: $1.12 plus $0.012075/kwh not to exceed $3
    • Group Meter: $1.12 per dwelling unit plus $0.012075/kwh, not to exceed $3 multiplied by the number of dwelling units
  • Natural Gas: $1.28 plus $0.124444/CCF not to exceed $3
    • Group Meter: $1.28 per dwelling unit plus $0.050909/CCF, not to exceed $3 multiplied by the number of dwelling units
    • Group Meter Interruptible: $1.28 per dwelling unit plus $0.023267/CCF, not to exceed $3 multiplied by the number of dwelling units
  • Water: 15% of monthly water service charge

Commercial

  • Electricity: $1.07 plus $0.005071/kwh
  • Natural Gas: $1.42 plus $0.050213/CCF
    • Interruptible: $4.50 plus $0.003670/CCF
  • Water: 15% of first $150 of monthly utility bill

Industrial

  • Electricity: $1.07 plus $0.004131/kwh
  • Natural Gas: $1.42 plus $0.050213/CCF
  • Water: 15% of first $150 of monthly water service charge

Charitable

  • Electricity: $0.97 plus $0.004610/kwh, not to exceed $24
  • Natural Gas: $1.42 plus $0.050213/CCF, not to exceed $24
  • Water: 15% of first $150 of monthly water service charge

Churches
(provided utility services are used in and for property being devoted primarily to religious purposes at the time of purchase)

  • Electricity: $0.97 per month
  • Natural Gas: $1.42 per month
  • Water: Exempt

Filing Procedures

The tax appears on monthly utility bills and is collected by the provider of the utility service. All utility service tax reports and remittances must be filed monthly by utility service providers with:

Tax Audit, Research and Analysis
Department of Finance
City of Alexandria - Miscellaneous Tax
P.O. Box 34939
Alexandria, VA 22334-0939

Entities Excluded from Taxation

The Alexandria City Code exempts the following entities from taxation:

  • Federal agencies
  • Diplomatic personnel exempted by the laws of the United States
  • The State and its political subdivisions, boards, commissions, authorities and agencies (including the City)
  • The purchase of bottled water and service from the Alexandria Sanitation Authority.

 Definitions

Utility services - Electricity service, gas service and water service provided in the City.

Residential purchaser - The owner or tenant of property use for residential purposes. The term includes single family dwellings, apartment houses and other multiple family dwellings.

Commercial purchaser - The owner or tenant of property used primarily for commercial purposes, not including apartment houses and other multi-family dwellings.

Industrial purchaser - The owner or tenant of property used primarily for industrial purposes, but not including apartment houses and other multi-family dwellings.

Charitable organization - Charitable hospitals and other designated organizations that have been exempted by the City or State from real estate and personal property taxes. 

Business Records and Reports Subject to Audit

Persons liable for the tax should keep current and accurate records for audit by the City.

Contact Us

Tax Audit, Research and Analysis
301 King Street, City Hall, Room 1700
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.3903
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301 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.3900
Fax: 703.838.4987
E-mail

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.