Meals Tax and Transient Occupancy Tax

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Tiffani Mastyk
Personal Property Specialist

Phone: (540) 658-4132 ext. 1130
Fax: (540) 658-4120
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Office and Live Chat Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Phone Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Physical Address
1300 Courthouse Road
2nd Floor
Stafford, VA 22554-1300 

Mailing Address
PO Box 98
StaffordVA 22555

The Commissioner’s office is responsible for the remittance of the food and beverage and transient occupancy. These are consumer taxes that are collected by businesses in Stafford for the county and remitted monthly. This office is required to monitor these taxes to ensure that all businesses required to collect the tax are doing so and that all remittances are reported in a timely manner.

Meals Tax*
Meals tax is a tax in the amount of five percent (5%) levied on food and beverages purchased in or from a food establishment, whether prepared in such food establishment or not, whether consumed on the premises or not and without regard to the manner, time or place of service. This tax is collected from the person or persons paying for such at the time payment for such food are made.  Available to file and pay online with instructions (PDF).

Transient Occupancy*
ATTENTION: The Stafford County Board of Supervisors amended ordinance 23-122 to change the Transient Occupancy Tax. Starting July 1, 2024, the Transient Occupancy Tax will change from 7% to 9%.
Transient Occupancy is a tax in the amount of seven percent (7%) levied on hotels in the amount of a percentage of the charge or amount paid for the total room rental. This tax is collected from the person paying for such room rental at the time payment for such rental is made.  Available to file and pay online with instructions (PDF).

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