Commissioner of Revenue


“It is a great honor to continue to serve as Commissioner of the Revenue for the City of Radford.   The position of Commissioner of the Revenue was established by the Constitution of Virginia in 1786. This is an elected position to ensure and protect the independent status of the office and to ensure that local tax revenues will be assessed by an officer who reports directly to you. My staff and I are advocates for you, the taxpayer.  The duties and responsibilities of the Commissioner of the Revenue are mandated by local ordinance and state code.  As Commissioner, I operate as the Chief Assessing Official for the City of Radford.  I have a Bachelor of Finance and I earned my Master Commissioner designation from the University of Virginia in 2009 and am a member of the Commissioner of the Revenue Association and serve on the Audit Committee.  I am also a member of the Virginia Association of Assessing Officials as well as other professional organizations.   I am a lifelong Radford resident and served as a Deputy in the Commissioner’s Office prior to my election as Commissioner in 2003.  I have over 25 years of public service and am dedicated to providing superior customer service and  performing my duties in a fair, professional and equitable manner.   My office maintains an open door policy and I look forward to meeting with you.” 

Cathy Flinchum

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VITA(Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

 As of March 16, 2020 VITA services have been suspended 
in The Radford City Commissioner Of The Revenue Office.

            The following locations are available for tax preparation assistance:

         *New River Community Action, Montgomery County 540-382-6187
 *New River Community Action, Pulaski County 540-980-5525





Tax Assessments

  • Business personal property and machinery and tools tax
  • Cigarette tax
  • Licensing/decal fee
  • Local business license tax
  • Personal property tax
  • Prepared food and beverage tax
  • Real estate tax
  • Transient lodging tax


  • A direct contact with the State Department of Taxation
  • Administer Land Use Program
  • Administer Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program for building preservation
  • Annual certification of land look
  • Annual certification of personal property book
  • Annual issuance of hunting licenses, fishing licenses, 
  • Assistance with state tax return filing
  • Assisting the Board of Equalization with real estate assessments
  • Certification of local bank franchise tax
  • Certification of Personal Property Tax Relief
  • Certification of state motor vehicle rental tax to Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Processing state tax returns
  • Real estate tax relief for the elderly and disabled

Code of Virginia Chapter 748 Section 2.2-3704.1, 2.2-3704.2 states the Freedom  of Information Act (FOIA) post notice of right and responsibilities.  The Commissioner of the Revenue, Cathy Flinchum, is the designated FOIA officer.  Information regarding FOIA procedures may be found by clicking on this link: FOIA


Revenue Office Building Entrance