How to File and Pay Sales and Use Tax

Virginia Tax requires businesses to file and pay most sales taxes electronically - we offer 3 free options to meet this requirement:

  • eForms - eForms look similar to the paper versions of returns. No login or password required. Simply fill in the required fields, and pay any tax due using direct debit.

  • Business Online Services Account - just log in to your account and select "File/ Pay Taxes" and select the tax type you need to file or pay. Simply fill in the requested fields; there is no need to copy information from one form to the next. View account history and schedule payments in advance up to the due date. Business Account FAQs
    • Available for Retail Sales Tax (Form ST-9), Use Tax (Form ST-8), and Digital Media Fee (Form DM-1).
  • Web Upload - Web Upload is file driven, with the ability to save all return and payment information into a single file to send to Virginia Tax. Similar systems are referred to as bulk filing or bulk uploading. Benefits include instant validation and feedback on your file content; you will know right away when your file is accepted or if there are any errors. You also have the ability to schedule (or warehouse) files for submission on a future date up to the due date of the return. Learn more.
    • Available for Retail Sales Tax (Form ST-9) and Use Tax (Form ST-8).

You may also pay using ACH Credit - You’ll need to contact your bank to make arrangements to credit the state’s bank account with funds from your bank account. Your bank may charge a fee for this service. Find detailed instructions about initiating ACH Credit transactions in our Electronic Payment Guide.