Virginia Sales Tax on Food and Meals Virginia: Sales Tax Handbook


Are Food and Meals subject to sales tax?

While Virginia's sales tax generally applies to most transactions, certain items have special treatment in many states when it comes to sales taxes. This page describes the taxability of food and meals in Virginia, including catering and grocery food. To learn more, see a full list of taxable and tax-exempt items in Virginia.

In the state of Virginia, any mandatory gratuities of no more than 20% and any voluntary gratuities which are distributed to employees are not considered to be taxable.

Grocery Food
In the state of Virginia, foods are taxed at a reduced rate of 1.5%. However, it must be noted that a 1% local option tax is also applicable.

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