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Business Tax Appeals

Guidelines for Appealing Local Business Taxes

Taxpayers can appeal business tax assessments using the Guidelines for Appealing Local Business Taxes. The appeal process begins when a taxpayer files an application with the County’s Tax Compliance Manager. The Tax Compliance Manager reviews the application, makes a determination, and informs the taxpayer in writing. If dissatisfied with the results of the local review, taxpayers have the option to file an appeal with the Tax Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Virginia for a final decision.   

How to file an appeal

Instructions for filing an appeal are included in the Guidelines for Appealing Local Business Taxes. Taxpayers are to follow the instructions in the guide when applying for a tax assessment review. It is the taxpayers' responsibility to ensure that their appeal is submitted on time, that all requirements are met, and that the submitted information is correct.  Failing to adhere to these standards could result in the appeal being rejected.      

Send appeals to:

Tax Compliance Manager
Tax Administration Division - 1st Floor
Prince William County
1 County Complex Court
Prince William, VA 22192


There are strict appeal submission timeline limitations that must be followed (see guide for details). When mailing an appeal, it is "filed" as of the date it is postmarked.  If filing close to an expiration period, it is encouraged that the appeal be hand delivered or be submitted by a method that creates a receipt noting the date the appeal was received by the Tax Administration Office.   

Appeal Criteria

Although this list is not exclusive, appeals generally fall into one of three categories:  

  1. Rate of Tax  
  2. Amount of Tax; including additional or omitted taxes due
  3. Assessment Mechanism (for example...)
  4. Business classification assigned by the County
    • Location or status of tangible property
    • Method of valuation


Answers to questions and requests for a hard copy of the Guidelines for Appealing Local Business Taxes are available by calling 703-792-6710 or by emailing

More information is available at the Virginia Department of Taxation website.


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