Business License Tax Calculator & Filing Form

Use this calculator only if you had a business license last year from James City County. If not, you must first apply for the license

Important: Read this entire page before beginning.

Business license holders must calculate their own tax and remit payment with their business license return by March 1 annually. This page provides a tax calculator for your convenience, but does not allow for online filing of your business license return. After using the calculator, you must print the completed form, sign it and mail it along with a check to the address at the bottom of the page.

All Businesses

Use the calculator at the bottom of this page to calculate your 2023 tax. Second year businesses (whose first business license in James City County was last year) must also calculate their estimate-to-actual adjustment. You may contact our staff for assistance with your calculation.

If prior year gross receipts were zero, input “0”.

Restaurants, Stores and Others Serving or Selling Alcoholic Beverages

Calculate your license tax on all gross receipts, including sales of all beverages. Add the flat fees shown on your return to the tax.


All contractors must submit complete renewal package which must consist of the following:

  • A copy of your current VWC “Acknowledgement of Compliance” letter. To get your letter, visit the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission or call 804-205-3586. Do not send insurance certificate or form 61A with your renewal. Only the letter from VWC will be accepted.
  • A copy of your current Virginia Class A, B, or C contractor’s license.
    • Include list of all subcontractors, including full name and address, and amount paid in James City County during 2022.

Names and entity types on all contractor documents (business license, state contractor's license and VWC letter of acknowledgement) must match exactly. Incomplete or mismatched contractor renewal packages will not be processed, and will be considered late if not completed by March 1.

Out of Town Contractors

There is no tax if your James City County gross receipts were below $25,000 in 2022. However, you must still complete, sign and return your form, along with the documents listed above. You will be issued a no-charge license.

Late Filers

 After September 30 of the license year, you must include a copy of your complete prior year business federal tax return with your renewal form.

File Your Return, Including All Required Documents and Full Payment by March 1, 2023

Returns must be postmarked or delivered in person by March 1. We cannot accept faxed, emailed, photocopied or scanned returns, or returns with stamped or electronic signatures. Online filing is not available at this time. 

Make check payable to: 

Treasurer, James City County

Mail check and renewal form together to:

Commissioner of the Revenue
PO Box 283
Williamsburg VA 23187-0283

Both form and check must be mailed to the James City County Commissioner of the Revenue in the same envelope to the address above, or delivered together to the Commissioner of Revenue. Do not mail or deliver form and check separately. Do not mail to any address other than PO Box 283, Williamsburg, VA 23187.

Questions may be directed to our staff at 757-253-6698.