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Virginia 2017 Revenue Lost to Tax Abatement Programs

Total Revenue Lost: 
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State-level programs

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Program Name Program Type Revenue Loss
Data Center Sales Tax Exemption Economic development $65,200,000
Motion Picture Tax Credit Job Creation $6,600,000
Tax Revenue from Tourism Projects Economic development $100,550
Virginia Enterprise Zones Economic development $164,823

Tabulated localities and districts

Click on the name of jurisdiction for a list of tax abatement programs that reduced its tax revenue.

We estimated the reporting rate among local governments for each state using 2018 and 2019 data. This is to gauge how much data is available in that state.

For Virginia, the estimated reporting rate is as follows:

Cities/counties: 55 out of 241 CAFRs or financial statements we examined provided information on tax abatement programs in accordance with GASB Statement No.77.

School districts: 0 out of 20 CAFRs or financial statements we examined provided information on tax abatement programs in accordance with GASB Statement No.77.

Concerned about the lack of disclosure? Check out the roadmap on GASB 77 compliance we created for VA. You can also get a CSV file of the localities in VA that did not make any tax abatement disclosures in their annual financial reports.

Why is there little or no reporting from school districts?: Virginia's public schools are component units of cities and counties; most do not have separate financial reporting.

The state does not post local financial audits in an online repository.

Reporting Jurisdiction Jurisdiction Type Gross Revenue Losssort icon
Mecklenburg County County $21,845,132
Chesapeake Municipality $10,737,965
Alexandria Municipality $10,150,200
Arlington Municipality $5,998,016
Norfolk Municipality $4,585,968
Suffolk Municipality $4,378,525
Roanoke Municipality $2,146,639
Newport News Municipality $1,483,643
Roanoke County County $1,482,489
Chesterfield County County $1,480,152
Rockingham County County $1,412,058
Giles County County $1,344,174
Augusta County County $1,016,666
Fauqier County County $995,998
Orange County County $934,000
Virginia Beach Municipality $823,017
Southhampton Municipality $670,334
Salem Municipality $417,557
Falls Church Municipality $364,036
Frederickburg Municipality $347,474
Charlottesville Municipality $342,936
Waynesboro Municipality $312,669
Bristol Municipality $293,430
Pittsylvania County County $252,919
Amherst Municipality $245,494
York County County $233,547
Spotsylvania County County $224,516
Wytheville Municipality $212,191
Goochland County County $174,675
Staunton Municipality $164,897
Henrico County County $159,455
Buckingham County County $150,000
Danville Municipality $84,103
Washington County County $70,059
Abington Municipality $36,000
Franklin City Municipality $31,809
Carroll County County $28,525
James City County County $20,622
Bland County County $0
Wise County County $0