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Is a ‘Meals Tax’ Coming to Virginia? What to Know



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Some Virginia officials are exploring a potential new revenue stream by considering a “meals tax.” If approved, the tax would be levied on prepared foods and beverages sold in convenience stores, grocery stores, and restaurants.

Fairfax County supervisors Dalia Palchik, Jeff McKay, and Kathy Smith are leading this initiative. They argue that the revenue generated from the meals tax could support local schools, which they say have been underfunded by the Commonwealth. The tax could also reduce the county’s reliance on real estate taxes.