Carle E. Davis


In contrast to tax reform efforts in the federal arena, the Virginia General Assembly made relatively few changes to Title 58.1 of the Code of Virginia (the "Code"). The General Assembly enacted a number of miscellaneous bills, the most important of which affected the sales and use tax, and the real estate and recordation taxes. The Virginia Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit were likewise quiet in the area of Virginia taxation and rendered only three decisions, none of which is of major significance. After publishing numerous regulations in 1985, the Virginia Department of Taxation also reduced its volume of regulatory action. The only regulatory measure with continuing validity taken by the Department of Taxation involved net operating losses.

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