The Commissioner of the Revenue is directly accountable to the citizens of Winchester through an elected professional position. As the chief tax assessment officer for the City, the Commissioner is responsible for fair and equitable assessment of local taxes pursuant to state and local law while providing a high level of customer service:
• Business Taxes: including business licenses; business personal property; excise taxes of meals, short-term lodging, admissions, and short-term rental; discovery, audit and appeals programs
• Vehicle Taxes: including personal property tax, personal property tax relief, vehicle license fees, exemptions, and proration
• Real Estate Records and Taxes: including annual billing; transfers of ownership; assessment and recordation of changes; tax exemptions and deductions; tax incentives
• Other Taxes: Including public service corporations; bank franchise; cigarette stamps
The Commissioner’s office also provides assistance with Virginia Individual Income Tax Returns, maintains a library of tax returns, monitors pending state legislation which may affect our community, and is an active member of the Community Response Team with a unified approach to resolve community concerns at the source.