How is meals tax filed and assessed? When is Meals Tax due?

The current tax rate is 6.5%. Reports should be filed and tax paid by no later than the 20th of each month to avoid the levy of penalties and interest. When the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date is the first business day immediately following the 20th. Mailed filings must be postmarked by the due date to be considered timely. If the filing is paid late, there is a penalty of 5% of the tax due with a minimum penalty of $2.00. Interest will begin to accrue once the filing or payment is thirty days past due. If we have not received your filing by the end of the month, you will be notified by mail reminding you to file within seven days to avoid a statutory assessment wherein we levy an assessment based on the best available information at our disposal.

Please provide a valid e-mail address on the return.

If you conduct no sales in a given month, you must still file a zero dollar return by the 20th.

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1. What is considered a “restaurant”?
2. What is considered a “meal” that is subject to the Meals Tax?
3. How is meals tax filed and assessed? When is Meals Tax due?
4. Can I file and pay online?
5. What is the Seller’s Discount?
6. Does the meal, or prepared food, have to be consumed on the premises of the business where it is purchased to be taxable?
7. Does a caterer have to collect and remit Meals Taxes to the City of Charlottesville?
8. Are beverages such as soda, beer, water and others that are in a can, bottle or other factory sealed container subject to the meals tax?
9. Are there any exemptions to the Meals Tax?
10. How do I claim exempt sales?
11. Examples of documentation:
12. Are gratuities subject to the Meals Tax?