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Yes? Then go to question number 2.
No, continue to question number 3.
No, continue to question number 4.
For sign code compliance; or, for plan review, permit and certificate of occupancy issuance. After contact, continue to question number 5.
No, continue to question number 5.
After contact, continue to question number 6.
No, continue to question number 6.
Once state licensing, for local business licensing, is received contact City of Portsmouth Commissioner of the Revenue's Business Tax Section:City Hall801 Crawford StreetPhone: 757-393-8866
After contact, continue to question number 7.
No, continue to question number 7. Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
After contact, continue to question number 8.
No, continue to question number 8. Portsmouth Health Department
After contact, continue to question number 9.
No, continue to question number 9.
To inquire about workers' compensation insurance requirements. You may obtain workers' compensation insurance from your own insurance company. After contact, continue to question number 10.
No, continue to question number 10. Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission
After contact, continue to question number 11.
No, continue to question number 11. State Board for Contractors
After contact, continue to question number 12.
No, continue to question number 12. State Corporation Commission
No, continue to question number 13. U.S. Internal Revenue Service
After contact, continue to question number 14.
No, continue to question number 14. Virginia Department of Taxation
After contact, continue to question number 15.
No, continue to question number 15.
For information concerning the taxation of business personal property. After contact, continue to question number 16.
No, continue to question number 16.
The Assessor’s Office maintains records listing the property characteristics and condition of each property. These records are public information and may be reviewed any time during office hours: Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. til 5 p.m.
Spade or Neutered $10.00 - 2 year tag $15.00 - 3 year tag
Not Spade or Neutered $20.00 - 2 year tag $30.00 - 3 year tag *Multi-year tags can only be purchased at the City Treasurer’s office.
Some areas also have a Limit of Moderate Wave Action (LiMWA) shown on the FIRM. The LiMWA is the location where the 1% annual chance wave height equals 1.5 feet. FEMA began showing the LiMWA on Flood Insurance Rate Maps to communicate the higher risk that exists in the area because the 1.5-foot breaking wave in the LiMWA zone can potentially cause foundation failure.
Paper copies of the FIRMs for Portsmouth may be viewed in the Department of Planning on the 4th floor of City Hall. For specific flood zone information, please contact Floodplain Management at 757-393-8522.
A PPO plan (medical or dental) has in and out of network benefits; a person does not have to select a PCP or dentist. A PPO plan offers more flexibility but is also more costly.
For Beneficiary Designation’s - we recommend a person select a primary and contingent (backup) on all life insurance and retirement benefits. Complete information must be included such as name, address, social security number, relationship, birth date and share of proceeds employee wishes to leave them. Percentages must be whole and add up to 100%.
Mobile homes are prorated quarterly.
Airplanes, and business personal property are not prorated.
A temporary absence from the City of Portsmouth does not make you eligible for a prorated refund.
If the vehicle is damaged prior to January 1st and has not been repaired, an assessment appeal form may be filed. Appeal Information / Instructions and Form (PDF)
Upon receipt, locally filed tax returns are processed and immediately entered on the Commissioner's Office computer system, allowing quick access for inquiries and the ability to send it back to the taxpayer for correction if necessary. An automated tracking system enables us to quickly inform the citizen at what stage of processing their return is located. All accelerated refunds are processed daily through an on-line computer link with the Virginia Department of Taxation. Tax due payments and initial estimated income tax payments are posted and transmitted to the Portsmouth Treasurer for deposit.
Accessibility is another advantage of locally filed returns. Besides the greater speed in processing of a taxpayer's return, filing locally makes it more convenient for our staff to personally interact with the citizen or tax preparer to correct any errors that have been made. If citizens do not receive their state income tax refunds within an expected time frame, they can contact their local Commissioner's office and speak with a trained staff member regarding the delay. Advice can be rendered as to how best to correct any problems and speed the refund along. Long-distance telephone calls to Richmond do not have to be made.
Last year, approximately 37,000 state income tax returns were filed locally. Over 11,000 citizens were assisted with their questions and over 1,900 state income tax returns were prepared upon request at no charge.
If you are unable to file your return by the May 1 deadline, an automatic six month extension through November 1 is allowed for individual returns. The extension provisions do not apply to the payment of any tax due. If you expect to owe any tax, you must file an extension form and pay at least 90% of the tax liability by May 1.
You are also required to attach all W-2 and 1099 forms, showing Virginia tax withheld with a single staple at the left center of page 1 of the return.
There are two types of penalty: Late Filing Penalty and Extension Penalty. You would owe a penalty for late filing if your return shows a balance due and the return was filed after the due date. This penalty would be 6% per month or portion of the month the return is late. If you submitted an extension to file, and the tax owed when filed exceeds the tax liability by 10%, a penalty for understating the tentative tax on your extension request will be added at the rate of 2 percent per month, or part of the month from the date of filing or extension due date, whichever comes first.
The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, effective November 11, 2009, amends the Service members Civil Relief Act. Spouses of active duty military members who have a vehicle titled in their names or jointly with the service member may be exempt from property tax if certain conditions are met. Contact the Commission of Revenue at 757-393-8779 for more information.