During the 2022 Session, the Virginia General Assembly enacted House Bill 1121 (2022 Acts of Assembly, Chapter 690) and Senate Bill 692 (2022 Acts of Assembly, Chapter 689), which permit a qualifying pass-through entity (“PTE”) to make an annual election to pay an elective income tax at a rate of 5.75 percent at the entity level. The legislation also allows a corresponding refundable income tax credit to certain PTE owners for any amount of income tax paid by a PTE having Virginia taxable income if such PTE makes the election and pays the elective income tax imposed at the entity level.

The legislation allows an individual to claim a credit for taxes paid to other states under laws that are substantially similar to the pass-through entity income tax. This overrules Public Document 21-156 (December 29, 2021), which generally denied a credit for a tax paid to Maryland under that state’s elective pass-through entity income tax. This provision only applies to taxes paid by a pass-through entity under the law of another state that is substantially similar to Va. Code § 58.1-390. Therefore, it does not apply to any other entity-level taxes, such as any franchise, privilege, business, license, or occupation taxes described in Va. Code § 58.1-332.2.

The legislation requires Virginia Tax to promulgate guidelines regarding the elective pass-through income tax. These guidelines will provide general guidance on the elective pass-through entity income tax, the corresponding income tax credit available to certain PTE owners, and the changes made to the credit for taxes paid to other states. Until such guidance is issued, please consult Tax Bulletin 22-6, which provides preliminary guidance regarding this new elective tax and Taxable Year 2021 Virginia income tax returns.

Legislative and Other Documents

House Bill 1121 (2022)

Senate Bill 692 (2022) 

Tax Bulletin 22-6 Virginia's New Elective Pass-Through Entity Tax

Guideline Development Documents

Elective Pass-through Entity Guidance Document Interested Parties Notice (PDF)