Public Policy

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]

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 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 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]

Legislative Update July/August 2015

VIRGINIA SALES TAX HOLIDAYS COMBINED This is a reminder that, effective July 1, 2015 all three of Virginia’s Sales Tax Holidays will be consolidated into one holiday. This year, the new combined Sales Tax Holiday will be held August 7-9, 2015 and will apply to items previously covered under the Hurricane Preparedness, Back to School,… [Read More]

The Corner Post: Funding the War of 1812 – BPOL

In the War of 1812, the United States took on the greatest naval power in the world, Great Britain, in a conflict that would have an immense impact on the young country’s future. Causes of the war included British attempts to restrict U.S. trade, the Royal Navy’s impressment of American seamen and America’s desire to… [Read More]

Legislative Update from the 2015 General Assembly

At the time of publishing, the 2015 Session was starting to wind down with many of our retail issues resolved. Below is a list of topics that have been decided as of February 19, 2015. Felony Threshold for Larceny – There were several bills introduced this Session (SB 1234, HB 1369, HB 1975, and HB… [Read More]

Jodi Roth Joins Advocacy Team at Retail Alliance/Virginia Retail Federation

Jodi Roth, a government affairs consultant, has joined the Hampton Roads Retail Alliance and the statewide Virginia Retail Federation (VRF) as a contract representative for the associations’ statewide retail members. Ms. Roth brings over 15 years of government affairs experience to the organizations. She joins the VRF lobbying team of Mary Huffard Kegley, Kate Baker,… [Read More]