Does West Virginia charge sales tax on services?

by Sarah Craig April 29, 2024

The majority of U.S. states require merchants to charge sales tax on tangible personal property (TPP), otherwise known as physical goods. Many states also implement sales and use tax on digital goods and SaaS. Because the economy has shifted over time from a manufacturing economy to a service economy, states are now looking to generate revenue by taxing services.

Here’s what merchants need to know about taxing services in the state of West Virginia, which has a state sales tax rate of 6%.

Does West Virginia charge sales tax on services?

Services in West Virginia are taxable by default, with some exceptions. Here are some examples of tax exempt services in West Virginia:

  • The construction, alteration, repair, improvement or decoration of real property, but only when the work performed results in a “capital improvement” to the real property. All other construction trade activities are subject to the sales tax unless otherwise exempt. 
  • Employee services: Services by an employee to the employer that are within the scope of the employment contract.
  • Personal services such as barbering, hairstyling, manicuring and massaging
  • Professional services such as those provided by doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects and CPAs
  • Public utility services including sales of gas, steam, and water delivered through pipes and mains, sales of electricity, most telephone services and services of regulated public or common carries, bus and tax services

You can find more information on West Virginia’s exempt services here.

Please keep in mind that this is a guideline, and you should consult with a sales tax professional to determine if the services your business provides should be subject to state sales tax. For an in-depth look at West Virginia sales tax, TaxJar’s guide to sales tax in West Virginia and the West Virginia Tax Division has more details.

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