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All businesses operating in Goochland County are required to register with the Commissioner of the Revenue, however not all businesses require a license to operate. Our business license fees are based on the past year gross receipts (or estimated revenue) and are very competitive with other jurisdictions.
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The Goochland County Commissioner of the Revenue and the Economic Development Office is a great place to start. Both the Commissioner of the Revenue and Economic Development office has helpful information on their website – www.goochlandva.us or www.goochlandforbusiness.com
To reach the Commissioner of the Revenue, please call 804-556-5807 or the Economic Development Office at 804-556-5862.
Business Personal Property Tax - All businesses operating in Goochland County must pay business personal property tax on equipment used in running your business.
Machinery and Tools Tax – Some businesses may be required to pay machinery and tools tax
Transient Occupancy Tax – Short-term rentals and hotels are required to pay transient occupancy tax
All businesses must register with the State for tax payment purposes. Please visit the Virginia Department of Taxation at www.tax.virginia.gov and click on Business Resources at the top right.
In addition, if you are not operating as a sole proprietor, you need to register with the State Corporation Commission at www.scc.virginia.gov
Every employer is required to have a federal identification number. An Employer Identification number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Identification Number and is used to identify a business entity. You may apply online at www.irs.gov.
Please contact the Goochland Department of Community Development at 556-5860 or the Economic Development Office at 556-5862 to find out if your business meets the requirements of the area.
Home based businesses are allowed if all the employees are occupants of the home. Some home businesses require a conditional use permit to operate. Please contact the Department of Community Development at 556-5860 for more information.
Goochland County Economic Development Department can provide information on available land or buildings for sale or lease. Please visit www.goochlandforbusiness.com and click on the “Real Estate” button or call us at 804-556-5862.
Goochland County citizens have a thriving entrepreneurial spirit. Many of our business were conceived, developed, and grown in Goochland County.
To support small business development, Goochland County Economic Development will: