COMPETITIVE OPERATING COSTS

Business has the advantage in Henrico. That’s because we offer companies low tax rates and competitive operating expenses that strengthen their bottom line. With savings available on everything from energy and utilities to taxes and construction, operating out of Henrico is both affordable and cost effective.

Energy & Utilities

Henrico offers comprehensive electric power, water and sewer, natural gas, and telecommunications utilities with rates below the national averages.


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Taxes

When it comes to taxes and operating costs, we strive to make our community business friendly. In fact, doing business in Henrico means you’re free from having to pay the following taxes:

  • NO Residential or Commercial/Industrial Water or Sewer Consumer Utility Tax
  • NO Residential or Commercial Natural Gas/Consumer Utility Tax
  • NO Stormwater Utility Fee
  • NO Ambulance Fee
  • NO Admissions Tax
  • NO Cigarette Tax

Henrico County

  • Our Machinery and Tools Tax rate was recently lowered by 70%, making it the lowest effective M&T Tax rate, $0.24, of any urban locality in Central Virginia.
  • Our Aircraft Tax rate was recently lowered by nearly 70%, from $1.60/$100 to $0.50/$100.
  • Our Real Estate Tax rate has not increased since 1978; in fact, it has decreased six times.

Virginia

  • Virginia has 6th-lowest average combined state and local Sales & Use Tax.
  • Virginia’s 6% Corporate Income Tax rate has not increased since 1972.
  • Virginia has one of the lowest average Worker's Compensation Costs in the nation and has been consistently among the lowest-cost states for over 15 years.
  • The Virginia Unemployment Insurance Tax rate is the 6th-lowest in the nation and is 12% lower than the national average.

Competitive Property Costs

Regional office and industrial lease rates are over 20% lower than the national average. 

  • Total Industrial Market Lease Rates over 25% below national average
    • Flex: averaging under $9/sq. ft.*
    • Warehouse: averaging under $4/sq. ft.*
       
  • Total Office Market Lease Rates nearly 30% below the national average
    • Class A Office: under $21/sq. ft.*
    • Class B Office: under $17/sq. ft.*

Construction costs in Henrico are 13% lower than the national average.

*2016 rates