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Code of Virginia
Title 58.1. Taxation
Chapter 17. Miscellaneous Taxes
6/21/2021

Article 6. Taxes on Suits and Other Judicial Proceedings.

§ 58.1-1727. Taxes on suits or writ taxes generally.

A tax of $5 is hereby imposed upon (i) the commencement of every civil action in a court of record, whether commenced by petition or notice, ejectment or attachment, other than a summons to answer a suggestion; (ii) the removal or appeal of a cause of action from a district court to a court of record; (iii) the appeal from the decision of the governing body of a county, city or town to a court of record, including the appeal of any decision of a board of zoning appeals; (iv) an attachment returnable to a court of record; and (v) a writ of mandamus sued out of any court, except the Supreme Court of Virginia. However, when the debt or demand for damages exceeds $49,999 but does not exceed $100,000, the tax shall be $15; and when the debt or demand for damages exceeds $100,000, the tax shall be $25.

This section shall not be applicable to any original jurisdiction proceeding filed in the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Code 1950, §§ 58-71 to 58-73, 58.1-3809; 1956, c. 599; 1970, c. 364; 1977, c. 449; 1984, c. 675; 1985, c. 221; 2005, c. 681; 2014, cc. 360, 589.

§ 58.1-1728. Payment of tax.

The taxes on suits or other judicial proceedings shall be paid to the clerk of court wherein the suit or other judicial proceeding is commenced.

Code 1950, § 58-75, 58.1-3810; 1984, c. 675; 1985, c. 221.

§ 58.1-1729. Payment prerequisite to issue of writ, etc.; effect of failure to collect.

No clerk shall issue any writ, or docket any removed or appealed warrant, or any notice mentioned in this article until the tax imposed under this article has been paid; however, his failure to collect the tax shall not invalidate the proceeding.

Code 1950, §§ 58-76, 58.1-3811; 1964, c. 290; 1984, c. 675; 1985, c. 221.