Advocacy

Virginia Retail Federation Helps Expand Online Sales Tax Collection

The Virginia Retail Federation (VRF) has successfully helped further level the playing field in Virginia between brick-and-mortar merchants and their online peers. During the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session, VRF advocates and their coalition business partners fully supported Governor Terry McAuliffe’s legislative proposal to require out-of-state online merchants using warehouses or fulfillment centers in Virginia… [Read More]

Brick-and-Mortar Survival Depends on Level Playing Field

Holiday retail sales are increasing. Consumer confidence is climbing. Yet all is not nirvana in the rocky world of the retail economy. According to Forbes, Cyber Monday 2016 was the biggest day in the history of U.S. e-commerce. Sales surpassed initial expectations by hitting a record $3.9 billion during this online-focused day of the holiday… [Read More]

Legislative Update

Retail Alliance Holiday Open House/VRF Silent Auction Another great Open House event this year with our awesome members and other guests joining us for yummy food and beverages in our Norfolk office. Our silent auction benefiting our advocacy efforts was also a success, raising over $4,000 for the Virginia Retail Federation Political Action Committee (PAC)…. [Read More]

Virginia Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Sales Tax Holiday

Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday, a landmark bill passed in 2006 by the Virginia General Assembly, will treat consumers to tax-free shopping August 5-7, 2016. The Virginia Retail Federation, the statewide advocacy arm of Hampton Roads’ Retail Alliance and Richmond’s Retail Merchants Association, initiated and garnered support for the original Back-to-School Tax Holiday from the General… [Read More]

5 Reasons Why State Advocacy Rocks

When people think of advocacy, they tend to think of efforts inside the Beltway. But if you want to get things done, you shouldn’t forget to include some action on the state level, say some experts. If you want proof, the 113th Congress passed 352 bills and resolutions, while the state legislatures passed more than… [Read More]

Legislative Update: General Assembly as at Feb 25, 2016

At the time of print, 2016 General Assembly Session is wrapping up and the Virginia Retail Federation has had a very successful year so far. VRF tracked more than 100 bills, which potentially impact your business. Here is a list of issues that have been decided as of February 25, 2016. Felony Threshold for Larceny… [Read More]

Legislative Update – Open House and PAC Auction

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, Retail Alliance held our Open House and PAC Auction to help fund our advocacy efforts through the Virginia Retail Federation. We had a wonderful turnout of over 90 people! Thank you to all our members and friends who donated items for our silent auction and those who bought the wonderful… [Read More]

Legislative Forum Re-cap

During the month of September we held two Legislative Forums for our members. We had a panel of Hampton Roads Senators at one forum and a panel of Hampton Roads Delegates at the other. Our legislative participants included Senator Alexander, Senator Cosgrove, Senator Wagner, Delegate Davis, Delegate Lindsey, Delegate Taylor, and Delegate Villanueva. We are… [Read More]

2015 NRF Retail Advocates Summit

VRF representatives attended the 2015 National Retail Federation (NRF) Retail Advocates Summit in July. This was a great opportunity for the Virginia retail voice to be heard in Washington. We had several members attend and meet with members of congress on many important issues. VRF representatives met with Congressman Brat, Congressman Rigell, Congressman Scott’s Staff,… [Read More]

Opportunity for Small Business – Tax Exemption in Norfolk

Contributed by Ron Batliner, Jr., Chief Deputy Commissioner of Revenue Norfolk Commissioner of Revenue’s Office http://www.norfolk.gov/revenue/ Norfolk City Council created a new exemption for new businesses that have gross receipts of $1,000,000.00 or less. The exemption is available for businesses that locate in Norfolk after January 1, 2016. The exemption exists in the year that… [Read More]