Weekend’s Tax Holiday is for More Than School Supplies

Families prepping for the upcoming school year—or those looking to stock up on supplies before hurricane season—will want to take advantage of Virginia’s sales tax holiday Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6.

This will be the third year that the commonwealth has combined its three sales tax holidays into one. That means that during the three-day period, consumers can buy school supplies, clothes, shoes, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and ENERGY STAR and WaterSense products, without paying sales tax.

School supplies that each cost $20 or less, as well as clothing items priced at $100 or less will be exempt from the 5.3 percent state and local sales tax. Those who live in Loudoun or in other parts of Northern Virginia, where the sales tax is 6 percent, will save even more.

The list of school-related tax-exempt items includes pens, pencils, notebooks, scissors, binders, backpacks, shoes and shirts. Hurricane and emergency preparedness tax-exempt products include portable generators costing $1,000 or less, gas-powered chainsaws $350 or less, chainsaw accessories $60 or less, and other specified hurricane preparedness items costing $60 or less.

There is no requirement that the purchases be made for school purposes, and all retailers are required to participate. Online purchases of qualifying items are also tax-exempt during the sales tax holiday.

An all-inclusive list of the items that qualify for the tax holiday, as well as guidelines for shoppers and retailers, are available at tax.virginia.gov.

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