Prepared Food & Beverage (Meals) Tax

Effective July 1, 2015, the City of Roanoke's Prepared Food and Beverage Tax Rate is 5.5%.

There is also a State Sales Tax imposed on Prepared Food and Beverages at the rate of 5.3%. Contact the Virginia Department of Taxation for additional information. The following is an on-line version of the Guidelines for the Tax on Prepared Food and Beverages.

Guidelines for the Tax on Prepared Foods & Beverages

The Prepared Food and Beverage Tax (Meals Tax) was established by Ordinance Number 28631 and was adopted by the City Council on May 18, 1987. In the case of any conflict between these guidelines and the provisions of the City Code (1979), as amended, or other ordinances, the Code or ordinance will prevail. You may also access the Prepared Food and Beverage Tax Guidelines (PDF).