​​​​​State Incentives​

In addition to the many incentives offered by the City of Virginia Beach, the Commonwealth of Virginia also offers a number of business incentives. To support a pro-business environment, Virginia offers many incentives to assist business growth and encourage startups.  These incentives include financial assistance, facilities development grants, tax credits and exemptions.  In addition to financial incentives, Virginia also offers work-force training and technical support programs.

Below are a few of the most popul​​​​​ar incen​tives.  For more information, refer to the 2017-2018 Virginia Guide to ​B​usiness Incentives​​. ​

Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund

The Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund (COF), formerly known as the Governor's Opportunity Fund (GOF), is a discretionary incentive available to the Governor to secure a business location or expansion project for Virginia. Grants are awarded to localities on a local matching basis with the expectation that the grant will result in a favorable location decision for the Commonwealth.

Virginia Jobs Investment Program

The Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) is an incentive program offering customized recruiting and training assistance to companies that are creating new jobs or experiencing technological change. The program is designed to reduce human resource development cost by providing direct funding to qualifying new and expanding companies.

​Virginia Investment Partnership Act/Major Eligible Employer Grant

The Virginia Investment Partnership (VIP) Grant and the Major Eligible Employer Grant (MEE) are discretionary performance incentives designed to encourage continued capital investment by Virginia companies, resulting in added capacity, modernization, increased productivity, or the creation, development and utilization of advanced technology.

​Virginia Economic Development Incentive Grant

The Virginia Economic Development Incentive Grant (VEDIG) is a discretionary performance incentive, designed to assist and encourage companies to invest and create new employment opportunities by locating significant headquarters, administrative or service sector operations in Virginia.

​Corporate Inc​​​ome Tax 

The Virginia corporate income tax rate is a flat 6 percent; however, the sales factor in the state's income apportionment formula is double weighted, benefiting companies with high payrolls and property in Virginia.  

​Sales an​d Use Tax Exemptions
Virginia has one of the lowest sales tax rates in the country - 6 percent (4.3 percent state,  1 percent local, 0.7 percent transportation). There are some exemptions, such as items purchased for resa​le or used in manufacturing, pollution control devices, purchases used in research and development, and charges for utilities and Internet access.  Computer equipment purchased or leased for the processing, storage, retrieval, or communication of data in large data centers will also qualify for this​ tax exemption.

​Property Tax I​​ncentives

Virginia does not tax property at the state level. Real estate and tangible personal property are taxed at the local level.  Items not taxed in Virginia include manufacturers' inventory, intangible property and furniture/fixtures. 

Worker Retraining Tax Credit

Employers can receive tax credits for 30 percent of expenditures on worker retraining programs for qualified employees. The credit is capped at $2.5 million in a taxable year. Eligible programs include courses at Virginia community colleges certified by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, or apprenticeship agreements certified by the Virginia Apprenticeship Council. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Business Assistance ​website.

Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit​

Companies locating or expanding in Virginia can receive a corporate income tax credit for each new full-time job created beyond 50 jobs - or 25 jobs for companies locating in an Enterprise Zone or economically distressed area. Jobs that do not qualify include seasonal or building-related and security positions.

​Virginia Leaders in Ex​port Trade (VALET)

This program assists companies throughout Virginia in expanding their international business. VALET offers a powerful combination of capital resources provided by the state along with professional services from expert, private-sector partners. Each year, 25 qualifying companies ramp up their global marketing efforts through this program. Companies graduate from this comprehensive, two-year business acceleration program with greater focus on the potential of export trade profits. On average, companies experience an 54 percent increase in international sales during and immediately following the program. Learn more about VALET

Green Job Crea​​​tion Tax Credit

This tax credit for "green" companies awards an annual tax credit of $500 for each salary that is $50,000 or more for up to 350 jobs. The credit is allowed in the first taxable year after the job has been filled for at least one year and in each of the four succeeding years. Green jobs are related to the field of renewable, alternative energies. ​


Virginia Department of Taxation
P.O. Box 115 Richmond, Virginia 23218
(804) 367-8037