New Virginia Budget Features Tax Rebates and Tax-Free Weekend

Gov. Youngkin signed a Virginia budget deal that includes tax rebates and revives a popular sales tax holiday.

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Following a six-month stalemate between Democrat and Republican lawmakers, Virginia has a new budget. The 2023 budget deal features tax cuts (mostly from new Virginia tax rebates to eligible residents) and the return of a popular sales tax holiday. 

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin who signed the budget in September, expressed support. In an earlier statement, Youngkin pointed to billions in tax relief for Virginians, including education, law enforcement, and behavioral healthcare funding in the package.

“While the process took longer than needed, more than $1 billion in tax relief is on the way to Virginia veterans, working families and businesses,” Youngkin said.

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What’s in the 2023 Virginia budget

The Virginia budget signed by Youngkin on Sept. 14 includes new tax rebates and notable investments in education and health. The package passed 86-4 in the House and 38-0 in the Senate last week and is seen as a compromise stemming from a massive multi-billion dollar surplus. 

However, the Commonwealth operates on a two-year budget cycle. So, while the 2023 budget has largely been dubbed a “win-win” by lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle, operations and funding weren’t obstructed by the ongoing negotiations and months-long stalemate. 

Here's more of what you need to know.

Virginia tax rebate 2023?

One-time tax rebates. The 2023 budget proposal includes about $1.05 billion in proposed tax reductions — most of which comes from one-time tax rebates that will go to eligible Virginians. Virginia issued similar rebates last year as did more than twenty other states, who returned massive budget surpluses to residents through “stimulus” checks and inflation relief payments. 

Now that Youngkin has approved the budget, Virginia joins several states, sending rebate payments in 2023. Beginning in October, eligible Individual filers in the Commonwealth will receive $200, while joint filers will receive $400. 

The 2023 VA tax rebates are considered a compromise. Youngkin and fellow Republicans, who control the Virginia House of Representatives, wanted more permanent income tax cuts and a reduction in the corporate tax rate. The Democrat-led Virginia Senate opposed those cuts due to concerns over potential future economic instability.

The upcoming Nov. 7 general and special elections in Virginia will be closely watched since all 140 legislative seats will be on the ballot.

Virginia’s standard deduction

Increased Virginia standard deduction. The new budget temporarily increases the Virginia standard deduction for the 2024 and 2025 tax years. For joint filers, the standard deduction in the Commonwealth will go to $17,000 (from $16,000). For single filers, the standard deduction rises by $500, from $8,000 to $8,500.

Whether the higher standard deductions remain in place will depend on Virginia meeting certain annual revenue targets.   

Tax-free weekend in Virginia

Return of Virginia’s sales tax holiday. Virginia’s popular tax-free weekend sales tax holiday returned. As Kiplinger reported, Virginia shoppers initially lost the sales tax benefit after lawmakers had failed to renew a legislative provision governing the event.  Sales tax holidays are popular nationwide, with a least fifteen states hosting similar events throughout the summer.

For many years, Virginia's tax-free weekend occurred in August — just in time for back-to-school shopping. Under this budget, the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday 2023 took place in late October.

How military retirement is taxed in Virginia

Military retiree tax benefit. The Virginia budget removes the 55 or older requirement for subtracting military benefits from taxable income. That change is effective beginning with the 2023 tax year. 

Before the new budget, Veterans in Virginia had to be at least 55 years old to subtract up to $40,000 of military retirement income. Eligible Veterans also had to have been honorably discharged after active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Other provisions in the Virginia budget

  • The Virginia budget allocates about $650 million for public education. Those funds will mostly be used for behavioral health initiatives. Virginia colleges and universities will receive close to $200 million to help deal with rising costs.
  • People who work for the Commonwealth will receive a 2% raise starting in December. Virginia public school teachers will receive an additional 2% increase. 
  • The budget allocates millions of dollars to support economic development, including additional funding for undergraduate financial aid in Virginia.

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Kelley R. Taylor
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As the senior tax editor at, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.